Opening batsmen David Warner and Aaron Finch led the charge as Australia defeated New Zealand by three runs in their World Twenty20 warm-up match in Fatullah, Bangladesh.
Australia’s opening stand of 113 off just eight overs put them in early command, with Warner smashing 65 from 26 balls and Finch 47 from 22 before both retired.
The Australians reached 7-200 and restricted the Black Caps to 9-197, which was built on blistering knocks from opener Martin Guptill’s 62 from 34 balls and captain Brendon McCullum’s 37 from 18.
Needing just 17 off the last two overs, a late collapse scuppered New Zealand’s hopes as they lost four cheap wickets.
Seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile took 2-5 in the last over, dismissing Jimmy Neesham and Anton Devcich cheaply before tying down Ronnie Hira and Kyle Mills.
Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Starc were the pick of the Australian attack, snaring two wickets each on a good batting surface.
The Black Caps bowlers tightened up, most notably veteran seamer Kyle Mills (2-21 off four overs) and spinner Devcich (1-15 off three).
The teams played a five-over practice match afterwards, which Australia also won, chasing down New Zealand’s score of 29 in three overs.
Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign starts on Sunday against Pakistan in Dhaka.