1st T20I (N), Christchurch, Feb 22 2021, Australia tour of New Zealand
(17.3/20 ov, target 185)131
New Zealand won by 53 runs
player of the match
Devon Conway
New Zealand

That's it from Christchurch tonight. New Zealand far too good. The two teams meet again in Dunedin on Thursday. Hope you can join us then for game two. Goodbye and stay safe.


Devon Conway is the Player of the Match for his 99 not out: "I think I just got myself in and ran hard between wickets. I was pretty happy with how it went tonight. You've just got to ride that form wave as long as you can. It's about momentum and keeping that momentum."

Kane Williamson: "An incredible knock from Devon. It was obviously a tough start with the bat and Devon led us back on a surface that wasn't all that easy to start on. It was just perhaps holding a little bit. An incredible knock. There's still a number of things we would like to do a little bit better. The bowlers were outstanding. It swung a little bit and Tim and Trent were at their best."

Aaron Finch: "We didn't play our best tonight. New Zealand played well. Devon Conway well and truly deserved a hundred. They're tough to come by in T20s and he played an absolutely great knock. I thought they built a great partnership and their foundation was through their running between wickets. We didn't get it right. It nipped and swung a bit under lights."

10.20pm Easy win for New Zealand. They were far too good in all departments for Australia. Their new ball bowling did the damage upfront and then Ish Sodhi cleaned up the middle order with his best T20I figures. Mitch Marsh played well for his 45 but Australia were humbled.

Dante: "So NZ spinners have tonight destroyed Australia - on our most seamer friendly wicket - with more than competent assistance from our seamers. Feel free to keep sending your second string Australia, great confidence boost and a headache for our selectors. Aussie who?"

Santner to Jhye Richardson, OUT

stumped by a mile trying to go again! Clever bowling. Jhye jumped out early again, Santner saw it, dragged the length shorter and beat him comprehensively. Easy stumping for Seifert

Jhye Richardson st †Seifert b Santner 11 (17m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100
Santner to Jhye Richardson, SIX runs

advances and lofts this way back over wide long on! Sweet sweet strike. He was down the track to get to the length and it made a sensational sound off the bat

Santner to Zampa, 1 run

shorter length, he's back and working this through midwicket

end of over 179 runs
AUS: 124/9CRR: 7.29 RRR: 20.33 • Need 61 runs from 18b
Adam Zampa12 (7)
Jhye Richardson5 (9)
Trent Boult3-0-22-2
Ish Sodhi4-0-28-4

Kishan: "NZ have an awesome bowling unit and bench strength too. This attack can challenge any batting line up on home conditions."

Boult to Zampa, 1 leg bye

good length, 134kph, angled into the pads and it runs away into the off side for a leg bye

Boult to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

length slower ball, 117kph, he heaves this on the up to long on

Boult to Jhye Richardson, no run

130kph, bouncer, he swings hard and misses

Boult to Zampa, 1 run

short ball, 131kph, angled in and cramping him, he miscues in the air just out of reach of Neesham at midwicket

Boult to Zampa, FOUR runs

thick inside edge runs past leg stump and away! A length ball angled into off, he swung hard and got a thick edge but it missed leg and ran away

Boult to Zampa, 2 runs

134kph, short ball outside off, he pulls in the air but with no timing to deep midwicket

Trent Boult around the wicket