At 0-48 after 4.2 overs it looked as though Australia might again be tasked with hunting a mammoth score, following on from their record chase of 244 in their previous match against the Kiwis.
New Zealand failed to recover and kept losing regular wickets but Ross Taylor's valiant innings and Ish Sodi's resilience took them to 150/9.
Man-of-the-match Ashton Agar's precise slow left-arm orthodox spin brought three wickets for 27 runs; Kane Richardson's 12 dot balls were part of 47 in total; and D'Arcy Short seared 50 runs off 30 balls in his debut series.
The first-of-its-kind T20I tri-series between England, Australia and New Zealand that was held in the two countries Down Under, ended with the two neighbouring countries fighting it off for the trophy at Eden Park in Auckland.
While the Australians are generally known to announce their playing XI on the eve of the match, Warner said Adam Zampa can still make it to the team as the final XI hasn't been decided on yet. As the Big Bash League went from strength to strength, injecting funds into Cricket Australia and delivering a whole new set of fans to the game, the boffins and bean counters quickly turned their attention to ensuring Australia dominated the shortest format as they had done for both Test and ODIs for much of the last two decades.
The players were off the pitch when officials made a decision to abandon the match due to persistent rain, awarding Australia a 19-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis system.
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DAVID Warner has Australia on the verge of becoming the world's No.1 ranked Twenty20 team but says he hasn't spoken to Steve Smith about taking over as the full-time captain. They were the first team to book their spot in the final.
Warner showed faith in his bowlers - albeit chopping and changing them over by over - and skill in his fielding strategy. And an overall high-scoring second half of the tri-series led to England coach Trevor Bayliss calling for T20s to be scrapped altogether at the global level after England failed to make the final.
"Short's second T20 global half century, from 28 balls, guided Australia to 72-1 before the loss of its first wicket and made its win certain, in spite of heavy rain which twice interrupted the Australian innings". The crumb of comfort is that it was his right shoulder that was dislocated when attempting to save a single at the start of the ninth over, having had three previous issues with the left one since 2015.
"I have no problem with that as a scenario going forward as we play more and more global T20 cricket".
"Last time batting first we did OK, so hopefully we can get the runs on the board and defend them".