New Zealand vs Australia, 1st T20I in Christchurch: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first T20 international between the Trans Tasman neighbours on Monday. Australia have won the toss and opted to bowl first.
15:05 IST: That is it from this game! New Zealand has completely decimated Australia and taken a 1-0 lead in this 5-match series. Australia will look to put this loss behind them and come back stronger to level the series. The second T20I will be played on Thursday, 25th February 2021. That game begins at 1400 local (0100 GMT). Make sure to join us for that one. Till then, take care and goodbye!
15:13 IST: The New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson starts by praising the incredible knock that Devon played and adds those partnerships in the middle order were wonderful and that it was a great effort by them to get to the 180-run mark. Says that there were a lot of breaks and there was excitement as they wanted to come back and play and it was an outstanding effort from the boys, with the ball especially. Talking about the Christchurch earthquake that occurred 10 years ago, Kane shares that it is a significant day for them and several players came to the memorial before the match and it was great to see the growth that happened in the city. Ends by saying that the fans love coming here to the Hagley Oval.
15:02 IST: The Australian skipper, Aaron Finch says that it feels like it has been a long time since they played in front of fans. Admits they did not play well and New Zealand did well. Credits Conway for his innings and feels that he deserved his 100. Finch believes the partnership between Phillips and Conway was the turning point. Adds that the Powerplay when they batted took the game away from him. Finch says it is good to have debutants but is disappointed not to get the win for the new boys.
15:00 IST: Devon Conway is the Player of the Match! He says that he just played strong shots and just wanted to run hard between the wickets. Says that there are nerves in every game but it was a great opportunity to build an innings for him. Feels that he is very happy and wants to keep the momentum going and is glad that they have started off with a win. Opines that he wants to just maintain the same momentum and he just tries to play his strong shots. Shares that he is slightly disappointed as he did not get his 100 but also says that he was feeling sad for Ish Sodhi as he did not get his fifer.
14:53 IST: Earlier in the evening, New Zealand were asked to bat. They were off to a horrible start but Australia were treated to a Conway show. His unbeaten 99 with some solid support from Phillips and Neesham saw the hosts finish with 184. A score that was too good for the tourists to scale.
15:10 IST: Excellent bowling display from the Kiwis. They were right on the money from the get-go as their swing kings, Southee and Boult got them off to a perfect start with 2 wickets each in the Powerplay. Jamieson was a little expensive for his wicket. Sodhi and Santner came in at a very good time to bowl and the Ish finished with 4/28 from his 4. Overall, it was a brilliant bowling display all around.
14:56 IST: Chasing 185, Australia needed a solid start but what they got was anything but a solid start. They lost 4 wickets inside the Powerplay with very few runs on the board and when that happens in a big chase it is difficult to fightback. No one except Marsh showed any fight and his 45 was the only shining light in an otherwise abysmal chase.
14:52 IST: A comprehensive win for the Kiwis and they start off this 5-game T20I series against their Trans-Tasman rivals with a comfortable and dominant win. A very timid performance from the Aussies and they have a lot of work to do before the second T20I.
14:59 IST: 17.3: Mitchell Santner to Jhye Richardson, OUT! STUMPED! There it is! The last wicket falls down and the last rites have been completed. Full, loopy, around off, spins away after hitting the deck as Jhye Richardson comes down the track. He misses and Tim Seifert takes the ball and whips the bails off. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 53 RUNS!
14:52 IST: 17.2: Mitchell Santner to Jhye Richardson, SIX! SLAMMED AWAY! Jhye Richardson gets a biggie. Full, floated, around off, Jhye Richardson shimmies down the track and slams this one way over the long on fence.
14:52 IST: 17.1: Mitchell Santner to Adam Zampa, Flat, around off, Zampa tucks this one to the leg side for a run.
14:51 IST: 16.6: Trent Boult to Adam Zampa, Leg bye. Fired on leg and on a length, Adam Zampa misses his tuck and the ball takes the pad and lobs towards short third man. A leg bye taken.
14:48 IST: 16.5: Trent Boult to Jhye Richardson, Pushed through mid on for a single now.
14:48 IST: 16.4: Trent Boult to Jhye Richardson, Short, on the middle pole, Jhye Richardson comes forward and looks to pull but gets beaten.
14:47 IST: 16.3: Trent Boult to Adam Zampa, On the body, shorter in length, Zampa pulls this one awkwardly towards the short mid-wicket fielder. But the ball falls short of James Neesham. One run.
14:47 IST: 16.2: Trent Boult to Adam Zampa, EDGY FOUR. Fortune favours the brave. Length, around off, Adam Zampa looks to push this one away but the ball takes the inside edge, goes through short fine leg for a boundary.
14:46 IST: 16.1: Trent Boult to Adam Zampa, Short, around off, hoicked away to deep mid-wicket for a brace now.
14:46 IST: Boult is back. Trent Boult to try and finish things off here. 2/14 from his first spell of 2 overs.
14:45 IST: 15.6: Ish Sodhi to Adam Zampa, Worked through covers for a single. Sodhi finishes with figures of 4/28. Brilliant bowling by him.
14:45 IST: 15.5: Ish Sodhi to Adam Zampa, FOUR! Zampa takes full toll of this one. Full, flighted, around off, Adam Zampa comes down the track and the ball spins away. Takes the outside edge and goes to the third man fence.
14:44 IST: 15.5: Ish Sodhi to Adam Zampa, NO BALL AND FREE HIT! A wild full toss outside off, Adam Zampa swings his blade but fails to get any bat on this. A no ball is signalled and a Free Hit will follow.
14:43 IST: 15.4: Ish Sodhi to Jhye Richardson, Flighted outside off, bunted towards long off for one now.
14:43 IST: 15.3: Ish Sodhi to Jhye Richardson, Flat, on middle and leg, Jhye Richardson looks to pull this one but fails to get any bat on this and gets hit on the body.
14:41 IST: 15.2: Ish Sodhi to Kane Richardson, OUT! CAUGHT! That’s the fourth wicket for Sodhi and the ninth wicket falls now. The game is heading to a close now. Full, flighted, outside off, Kane Richardson lofts this one towards the long off region and James Neesham has a very easy take there.
14:41 IST: 15.1: Ish Sodhi to Jhye Richardson, Flighted and outside off, lofted slightly towards the long off region for one.
14:40 IST: 14.6: Mitchell Santner to Kane Richardson, Goes short again and outside off, slapped through covers for a couple of runs. 78 more needed in 30 balls.
14:39 IST: 14.6: Mitchell Santner to Kane Richardson, WIDE. Short and wide outside off, left alone. Wide signalled.
14:39 IST: 14.5: Mitchell Santner to Jhye Richardson, Full, nice loop, on off, glanced to square leg for one.
14:39 IST: 14.4: Mitchell Santner to Jhye Richardson, Short, outside off, pushed to the off side.
14:38 IST: 14.3: Mitchell Santner to Kane Richardson, Full on off, lofted towards long on for a single.
14:38 IST: 14.2: Mitchell Santner to Jhye Richardson, Short, around off now, Jhye Richardson goes back and pulls this one towards deep mid-wicket. The ball bounces before Trent Boult there. One run.
14:37 IST: 14.1: Mitchell Santner to Jhye Richardson, Flat, on off, Jhye pushes it back to the bowler.
14:37 IST: 13.6: Ish Sodhi to Kane Richardson, Flighted, around off, Kane Richardson looks to push this one away but fails to get any bat on this one. 2 runs and 2 wickets off this one.
14:37 IST: 13.5: Ish Sodhi to Kane Richardson, Worked through square leg for a couple of runs this time.
14:35 IST: 13.4: Ish Sodhi to Ashton Agar, OUT! CAUGHT! The Sodhi and Jamieson connection strikes again and the Aussies are now down by 8 wickets! Flighted, around off, Agar looks to go big over the off side but the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards Jamieson at short third man and he comes ahead and takes a great catch. The Kiwis need just 2 more wickets now.
14:34 IST: 13.3: Ish Sodhi to Ashton Agar, Flat, outside off, Ashton Agar misses his cut away.
14:34 IST: Into the bowlers and Jhye Richardson is the first one out to bat amongst those.
14:33 IST: 13.2: Ish Sodhi to Daniel Sams, OUT! CAUGHT! Good catch from the big Kiwi, Jamieson and Sams goes back now. It all looks like it is coming to a close now. Flatter and on middle, Sams swivels and looks to pull but the ball takes the top edge and balloons towards the leg side, near the short fine leg region, where Kyle Jamieson takes a good catch. 86 needed in 40 now.
14:33 IST: 13.1: Ish Sodhi to Daniel Sams, Full and on leg, Sams looks to flick but misses and the ball comes off the pad to the leg side.
14:32 IST: 12.6: Kyle Jamieson to Daniel Sams, Fuller, on middle, clipped to fine leg for one. A good over for Jamieson and he will be happy to have removed Marsh.
14:31 IST: 12.5: Kyle Jamieson to Mitchell Marsh, OUT! CAUGHT! Marsh goes for 45 and Santner takes a beauty of a catch. This breakthrough was needed and Jamieson provides the same to them. Short and wide, Marsh swings his blade at this, looking to slap it through point. But Mitchell Santner does well to move to his right and grab this one out of thin air. 87 needed in 43 now.
14:30 IST: 12.4: Kyle Jamieson to Mitchell Marsh, SIX! Powerfully hit by Mitchell Marsh! Jamieson goes shorter and around off this time, Mitchell Marsh swivels and then pulls this one over the deep square leg fence for a biggie.
14:29 IST: 12.3: Kyle Jamieson to Ashton Agar, Shortish around off, Agar looks to pull this one and the ball goes over Kane Williamson at mid-wicket for one.
14:29 IST: 12.2: Kyle Jamieson to Ashton Agar, FOUR! Looked like a very well played shot. Fuller, around off now, Ashton Agar comes down the track and flicks this one handsomely towards the fine leg fence.
14:28 IST: 12.1: Kyle Jamieson to Mitchell Marsh, Fuller, around off, Marsh swings his blade and the ball takes the inside edge and goes to square leg for one.
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