New Delhi: Australia won the Tri-Series Twenty20 cricket tournament by defeating New Zealand by 19 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the final, which was played at the Eden Park here on Wednesday. Also, the win helped Australia to rise to the joint highest spot in the Twenty20 International rankings, sharing the pole position with Pakistan. Also Read - David Warner Admits Rushing Injury Return For India Test Series Was a Mistake

Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted 150/9 in their 20 overs. Also Read - IPL 2021: RCB Superstar Glenn Maxwell Looking Forward to Learning From 'Good Friend' Virat Kohli

Ross Taylor was the highest scorer in an ordinary batting effort by the Kiwis with 43 runs off 38 balls. In the bowling department, left-arm spinner Ashton Agar returned figures of 3/27 for Australia while pacers Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye picked up two wickets each. Also Read - Live Streaming Cricket New Zealand vs Australia 2nd T20I: Preview, Squads, Match Prediction - Where to Watch NZ vs AUS Stream Live Cricket Online on FanCode App, TV Telecast in India

Australia were going great guns in their chase with opener D Arcy Short scoring 50 runs off 30 deliveries.

The Australians had reached 121/3 in 14.4 overs when rain forced the players off the ground.

Although the showers stopped within half an hour, the officials decided against continuing with the match, declaring Australia the winner via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Brief scores:

New Zealand: 150/9 in 20 overs (Ross Taylor 43; Ashton Agar 3/43) vs Australia: 121/3 in 14.4 overs (D Arcy Short; Colin Munro 1/18). (With IANS inputs)