New Zealand beat Australia by 53 runs in first T20

Filed on February 22, 2021
New Zealand's Devon Conway (left) and Trent Boult celebrate the dismissal of Australia's Josh Philippe. — AFP

Conway smashed an unbeaten 99 off 59 balls as the Black Caps overcame a shaky start to finish on 184 for five

Devon Conway inspired New Zealand to a 53-run win over Australia in the opening Twenty20 international in Christchurch on Monday.

Conway smashed an unbeaten 99 off 59 balls as the Black Caps overcame a shaky start to finish on 184 for five after losing the toss and being put in to bat.

In reply, Australia were all out for 131 after 17.3 overs, with Black Caps spinner Ish Sodhi taking four wickets for 28

Jhye Richardson, fresh from signing a multi-million dollar Indian Premier League contract, was the pick of the Australian bowlers, taking two for 31.

But the tourists could not dislodge Conway, whose 59-ball knock included 10 fours and three sixes, helping the Black Caps bounce back from 19 for three.

Australia suffered a horror show early in their innings, as seamers Tim Southee and Trent Boult tore through the top order.

Luckless debutant Josh Philippe departed for two after sending a top-edge skyward.

But old campaigners such as skipper Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell also failed to deal with the swinging ball and the tourists were soon four for 19.

Mitch Marsh top-scored with 45 and Ashton Agar contributed 23 a string of batting failures gave New Zealand a comfortable win.


New Zealand:

M. Guptill c Agar b Sams 0

T. Seifert b J.Richardson 1

K. Williamson c Wade b Sams 12

D. Conway not out 99

G. Phillips c Marsh b Stoinis 30

J. Neesham c Wade b J.Richardson 26

M. Santner not out 7

Extras (lb3, w4, b2) 9

Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 184

Did not bat: Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Guptill), 2-11 (Seifert), 3-19 (Williamson), 4-93 (Phillips), 5-140 (Neesham)

Bowling: Sams 4-0-40-2 (w1), Zampa 3-0-20-0, J. Richardson 4-0-31-2 (w1), K. Richardson 4-0-42-0, Agar 2-0-20-2, Stoinis 2-0-17-1, Maxwell 1-0-9-0


M. Wade c Williamson b Boult 12

A. Finch c Conway b Southee 1

J. Philippe c Conway b Boult 2

M. Marsh c Santner b Jamieson 45

G. Maxwell c Neesham b Southee 1

M. Stoinis c&b Sodhi 8

A. Agar c Jamieson b Sodhi 23

D. Sams c Jamieson b Sodhi 1

J. Richardson st Seifert b Santner 11

K. Richardson c Neesham b Sodhi 5

A. Zampa not out 13

Extras (lb1, w 7, nb1) 9

Total (10 wickets; 17.3 overs) 131

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Finch), 2-8 (Phillipe), 3-16 (Wade), 4-19 (Maxwell), 5-56 (Stoinis), 6-98(Marsh), 7-99 (Sams), 8-99 (Agar), 9-108 (K.Richardson), 10-131 (J.Richardson)

Bowling: Southee 3-0-10-2 (1w), Boult 3-0-22-2 (2w), Jamieson 3-0-32-1 (1w), Neesham 1-0-9-0, Sodhi 4-0-28-4 (1nb), Santner 3.3-0-29-1 (3w)

Toss: Australia

Result: New Zealand win by 53 runs

Series: New Zealand lead the five-match series 1-0

Man of the match: Devon Conway

Umpires: Chris Brown (NZL), Chris Gaffaney (NZL)

TV umpire: Wayne Knights (NZL)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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