Conway (99*)powers New Zealand to big win over Australia in 1st T20 , Maxwell fails

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  • New Zealand completed a convincing 53 run win in 1st T20 over Australia at Christchurch today. 
  • Devon Conway played an outstanding knock of 99 notout off 59 balls with 10 fours & 3 sixes
  • The New Zealand opening bowlers Boult and Southee dismantled the Australian top order
  • Fresh from getting a big deal in latest IPL auctions Glenn Maxwell fell cheaply for 1 as Australia kept losing wickets .
  • Mitch Marsh’s 45 was in vain as Ish Sodhi bowled out the lower order with 4/28 to complete a great New Zealand win.

New Zealand were off to a great start in the 5 match T20 series over Australia with a comprehensive 53 run win in the 1st T20 at Christchurch.  Batting 1st , Kiwis were jolted initially by Daniel Sams and Jhye Richardson as they slipped to 19/3 within powerplay . After Guptill fell cheaply , Jhye Richardson , fresh from bagging a big deal in latest IPL auction , bowled a scorching  yorker to knock over Seifert cheaply . Kane Williamson (12) soon followed as his attempted pull off Daniel Sams had him under edging to Wade as Australia looked in the ascendancy. 

However lefthander  Devon Conway had other ideas . Well supported by an enterprising Glenn Phillips, Conway took on the bowling and played soaking shots all round the ground particularly on the on side as strokes started to flow . Phillips too showed his aggression with 30 off 20 balls as the Aussies failed to control the run flow in middle overs with Zampa being the only bowler who managed to control the run flow with 0/20 off 3 overs. Sadly Finch got his calculations wrong and did not bowl Zampa the 4th over.  

Meanwhile Conway was in belligerent mood hammering 10 fours and 3 sixes to take New Zealand to an imposing 184/5 in 20 overs . Jhye Richardson (2/31 off 4 overs ) was the most successful Australian bowler. 

Australia in reply were rattled by Boult (2/22)  and Southee (2/10)  as Finch , Wade  , debutant Phillipe , Maxwell and Stoinis fell in a heap while  both the veterans were making the ball move and kept disciplined lines to frustrate the Aussies . Only Mitch Marsh (45 off 33 balls ) played a lone hand executing some brilliant shots including two great pull shots off Jamieson , who looked less impressive . Later Agar (23 notout off 13 ) provided some resistance but it was too little too late as Ish Sodhi (4/28) ensured that there was not late fightback from the Aussies. 

Conway for his breathtaking knock got the man of the match award 

Brief scores 

New Zealand  184/5 ( Conway 99* , Phillips 30 , Jhye Richardson 2/31) 

Australia 131 ( M Marsh 45 , Sodhi 4/28) 

**by Amitava Mukherjee

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