result
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
99* (59) & 2 catches
devon-conway
1:41
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• Daniel Brettig

Devon Conway's unbeaten 99 sets up crushing opening victory for New Zealand

Ish Sodhi bagged four wickets but it was the damage done by the new ball that decided the match

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Alex Malcolm
Scorecard summary
New Zealand184/5(20 overs)
Australia131/10(17.3 overs)
Ish Sodhi4/28(4)

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.

Presentation

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?"

17.3
W
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
17.2
6
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

17.1
1
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
Adam Zampa12 (7)
Jhye Richardson5 (9)
Trent Boult 3-0-22-2
Ish Sodhi 4-0-28-4

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

16.6
1lb
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

16.5
1
Boult to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

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

16.4
Boult to Jhye Richardson, no run

130kph, bouncer, he swings hard and misses

16.3
1
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

16.2
4
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

16.1
2
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

end of over 168 runs • 1 wicket
AUS: 115/9CRR: 7.18 RRR: 17.50
Adam Zampa5 (3)
Jhye Richardson4 (7)
Ish Sodhi 4-0-28-4
Mitchell Santner 3-0-22-0
15.6
1
Sodhi to Zampa, 1 run

short and wide, he's back and cutting hard to deep point

15.5
4
Sodhi to Zampa, FOUR runs

advances and gets a thick edge that runs away! He charged to a loopy leg break, tried to drive hard to long off, he got a thick edge and it runs to the third man boundary

Free hit coming

15.5
1nb
Sodhi to Zampa, (no ball)

high full toss! This slipped out but it was well wide of off

Ruban: "Sodhi Best Figure in T20s" He's been excellent

15.4
1
Sodhi to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

tossed up wide of off, he drives firmly to long off

Dave Bull: "Spoilt for choice, I agree. But Milne is pretty quick, no bunny with a bat, great arm in the outfield like all fast bowlers. Not easy to discard."

15.3
Sodhi to Jhye Richardson, no run

short ball, down leg, he tries to pull but misses. It's not called wide. Might have hit Jhye's body

15.2
W
Sodhi to Kane Richardson, OUT

lofted straight down long off's throat! Sodhi has four! Tossed up outside off, Kane tries to loft with the spin over long off, he struck ok but not well enough to clear the man in the deep and it's a simple catch

Kane Richardson c Neesham b Sodhi 5 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
15.1
1
Sodhi to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

tossed up leg break outside off, he drives firmly to long off

end of over 156 runs
AUS: 107/8CRR: 7.13 RRR: 15.60
Kane Richardson5 (4)
Jhye Richardson2 (4)
Mitchell Santner 3-0-22-0
Ish Sodhi 3-0-20-3

Zash: "The beauty of Jamieson, is that he's an athelete in the field, and he can bat, still my pick over say Milne. I believe Lockie picks himself, along with Boult, Sodhi and Santner."

14.6
2
Santner to Kane Richardson, 2 runs

short and wide, he's back and punching this firmly wide of long off to pick up a couple

14.6
1w
Santner to Kane Richardson, 1 wide

slower and wider of off, he leaves as it's called wide

14.5
1
Santner to Jhye Richardson, 1 run

darted into off, 91kph, he's back and turning this around the corner

14.4
Santner to Jhye Richardson, no run

shorter and wider of off, he reaches out and mistimes it

Best performances - batters
Conway portrait
DP Conway NZ
99 runs (59)
10 fours
3 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
25 runs
0 four
2 sixes
1041621291414
Mitchell Marsh portrait
MR Marsh AUS
45 runs (33)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control67%
Productive shot
pull
21 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
1114610022
Best performances - bowlers
Ish Sodhi portrait
IS Sodhi NZ
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
4
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Tim Southee portrait
TG Southee NZ
O
3
M
0
R
10
W
2
ECO
3.33
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Hagley Oval, Christchurch
TossAustralia, elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of New Zealand
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Devon Conway
Devon Conway
Series resultNew Zealand led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 1123
Match days22 February 2021 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Josh Philippe
Josh Philippe
Umpires
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Chris Brown
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Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
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Wayne Knights
Reserve Umpire
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Shaun Haig
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe
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