- Devon Conway scored 99 not out from 59 balls for the Kiwi team.
- Ish Sodhi took the most 4 wickets from New Zealand.
- Hosts Kiwi team ahead 1–0 in 5 match T20 series
New Zealand beat Australia (NZ vs AUS T20) by 53 runs in the first T20 International to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. The Kangaroo team, captained by Aaron Finch, collapsed for 131 runs in 17.3 overs as they chased down the target of 185 runs set by the host Kiwi team.
Australia won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat first. At one point Finch’s first bowling decision seemed to be proved right when Kangaroo bowlers Danielle Sams and Zahe Richardson dismissed the hosts’ 3 wickets for a total of 19 runs with openers Martin Guptill (naught), Tim Seifert ( One) and captain Kane Williamson (12).
Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips then took over the innings. Both shared a 74-run stand on the fourth wicket to take the total to 93. Phillips was caught by Michel Marsh by Marcus Stoinis for the fourth blow to the Kiwi team. Phillips was dismissed for 30 off 20 balls.
Conway joined James Neesham after Phillips was dismissed. Both added 47 runs for the fifth wicket. Conway then shared an unbeaten 44-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Mitchell Santner. In this way the Kiwi team scored 184 runs for 5 wickets. From Australia, Samms and Zahe Richardson took two wickets each while Stoinis got one wicket.
Conway scored an unbeaten 99 off 59 balls.
Conway, born in South Africa, batted brilliantly at number four. The 29-year-old batsman scored an unbeaten 99 off 59 balls which included 10 fours and 3 sixes. Conway is the same player who did not find any buyers in the players’ auction for IPL Auction 2021 Devon Conway held in Chennai on 18 February. Conway kept its base price at Rs 50 lakh.
Marsh scored the most 45 runs for Australia
The Australian team did not have a good start to chase the target. His top four batsmen had returned to the pavilion for a total of 19 runs. Mitchell Marsh scored the highest 45 off 33 balls for Australia. Six batsmen of Kangaroo team could not even touch the figure of Dahi. Ashton Egger 23 and Matthew Wade 12 runs out. Adam Zampa was 13 and Zahe Richardson was out for 11.
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Ish Sodhi jerks most 4 wickets
For New Zealand, Ish Sodhi took the maximum 4 wickets while Tim Southee, Trent Boult took two wickets each. Kyle Jamieson and Santner took one wicket each.