Glenn Maxwell dashed 70 from 31 balls, Aaron Finch returned to form with 69 and Ashton Agar took a career-best 6 for 30 as Australia beat New Zealand by 64 runs in the third Twenty20 international today to keep the five-match series alive.

Maxwell reached a half-century from 25 balls during an over in which he hit 28 runs — two sixes and four fours — from the bowling of Jimmy Neesham. 

At its end, his innings included eight fours and five sixes and set Australia on course to its commanding total of 208 for 4.

Fast bowler Riley Meredith took 2 for 24 in his international debut, then Agar claimed six wickets in succession to stifle New Zealand’s reply. 

The home team was bowled out for 144 inside 18 overs.