Billy Stanlake has taken 3-15 off four overs to rip through NZ in the T20 tri-series opener.Billy Stanlake announced himself on the international stage before cruised to a seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in a rain-affected opener to the Twenty20 tri-series.
After Stanlake’s electrifying 3-15 helped keep New Zealand to 9-117 at the SCG, Chris Lynn (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40no) powered to a revised target of 95 with 3.3 overs of the allotted 15 to spare.
Following an hour-long rain delay in the innings break, the pair came to the wicket when David Warner (6) and D’Arcy Short (4) fell early but rarely looked troubled until Lynn was caught on the boundary eight runs shy of the target.
Renowned for being two of the best T20 batsmen in the country, Lynn’s 33-ball knock included six fours and one six, while Maxwell also whacked five fours and one six.
But the star of the show was Stanlake, after he’d earlier ripped through the Black Caps’ top order with wickets with his first two balls and another in the second over of his opening spell.
In just his fourth international match, 23-year-old Stanlake nudged 150km/h throughout his four overs as he dismissed Colin Munro and Tom Bruce when both were on three.
His inswinging delivery to remove Martin Guptill was his best, beating the Kiwi star all ends up and taking the top of off stump.
“He’s getting quicker, he’s getting taller and he’s swinging the ball,” said Lynn, who has seen Stanlake develop in Queensland.
“It’s great for him to hit the ground running, because he’s a guy who can get nervous early on so it was great for him to get early wickets.
“We’re going to see him go from strength to strength with that confidence, especially in T20. We’re going to see some pretty special things and we’re going to see some pretty quick spells.”
Such was the early dominance of Stanlake and fellow opening quick Kane Richardson (0-28), they sent down 18 dot balls in the first four overs and held New Zealand to 3-29 in the six-over powerplay.
They also helped to limit Black Caps captain Kane Williamson to the slowest innings of his 47-match international T20 career, before Andrew Tye had him caught off a leading edge at cover for eight off 20 balls.
Tye finished with 4-23, as he returned to clean up the tail and kept world No.2-ranked New Zealand to less than a run a ball in an innings for the first time since 2012.
Only Colin de Grandhomme provided any real counterattack for New Zealand, with his unbeaten 38 from 24 balls featuring three massive sixes square off Tye and Adam Zampa.
“Two wickets in (Stanlake)’s first two balls set the tone,” New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said.
“It wasn’t a quick wicket but he bowled well with some good pace and he’s going to be someone to watch out for in the future that’s for sure.”