Devon Conway played a brilliant innings to help New Zealand win against Australia
Devon Conway’s unbeaten 99 Runs (59 Balls) including 10 Four and 3 Sixes and Ish Shodi’s (4/28) to help New Zealand a 53-run win over Australia in the first of the five T20Is at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
Conway’s unbeaten 99 helped New Zealand to score 184 for 5 after the Australians had made the swifter start to claim three wickets inside the first four overs. Australia’s early success gave way to rather more pedestrian bowling and fielding during the back half of the innings.
Both teams lost their top three batsmen within the first four overs. While New Zealand managed to recover thanks to Conway’s innings, Australia could not arrest their collapse. The visitors are without first-choice players like Steve Smith, David Warner, and Pat Cummins
Finch fell to Southee in the first over of the innings for one run after which Josh Philippe fell to Boult for two. Boult also dismissed Wade in his next over after which Southee got the wicket of Glenn Maxwell, who departed for just one run.
Sodhi then got the first of his four wickets as he dismissed Marcus Stoinis with a catch off his own bowling. Stoinis had stuck with Mitchell Marsh, who was Australia’s top scorer with 44 runs, to put up 37 for the fifth wicket. Marsh then put up 42 for the sixth with Ashton Agar.
Conway’s 99 came in 59 balls as he hit 10 fours and three sixes. He put up a partnership of 74 runs with Glenn Philipps after which he put up 47 for the fifth wicket with James Neesham.
New Zealand- 184/5 in 20 overs (Devon Conway 99 not out, Glenn Phillips 30; Jhye Richardson 2/31)
Australia– 131 all out in 17.3 overs (Mitchell Marsh 45, Ashton Agar 23; Ish Sodhi 4/28)