In the first of the five-match T20 series, New Zealand has defeated Australia by a margin of 53 runs and have taken a 1-0 lead in the series on Monday. After being reduced to 19 for 3 inside 4 overs in the first innings, New Zealand made a remarkable comeback, led by Devon Conway.
All three top-order batsmen in Martin Guptill (0), Tim Seifert (1) and Kane Williamson (12) went cheaply inside power-play overs. However, an in-form Devon Conway led New Zealand’s recover to bring the hosts back in the game.
Conway brought up his third half-century in his fifth T20 innings. He stitched a crucial 74-run fourth-wicket partnership with Glenn Phillips before adding 47 runs with James Neesham to help New Zealand reach a formidable 184-run total in the first innings. Conway scored an unbeaten 99-run knock, including 10 fours and 3 sixes.
New Zealand’s premier fast-bowlers, Tim Southee and Trent Boult made the best use of conditions in the second innings. The duo exhibited a superb display of swing bowling in the powerplay overs. Southee accounted for the wicket of Aaron Finch (1) in the very first over before Boult sent Wade (12) and Phillips (2) back to the pavilion in his first two overs. Big Hitter Glen Maxwell (1), too, didn’t last long as Australia was left reeling at 19 for 4 in just 4.2 overs.
Mitchell Marsh showed some flight and hit a few lusty blows. However, he too got out off Jamieson in the 13th over, and it was a matter of time after that. Mitchell Marsh top-scored with 45 runs off 33 balls. Australia was bowled out for just 131 runs in the second innings, handing New Zealand a 53-run victory in the first match.
The second T20 match will be played at University Oval at Dunedin on 25th February 2020.