New Zealand have registered an enormous victory against Australia in the first T20I of the five-match series held in Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Aussie captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bowl first. The Kiwi team had a terrible start as they lost their first 3 wickets for only 19 runs. However, Devon Conway played a wonderful knock of 99 runs off 59 balls to take the team to a total of 184/5 in 20 overs. Conway hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his unbeaten knock.
While chasing this total, Australian batsmen looked completely clueless. They were bowled out for 131 runs losing the match by 53 runs. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand who took 4 wickets for 28 runs. Devon Conway was awarded player of the match for his glorious knock.
Let’s have look at important stats and numbers after the end of the first T20I between New Zealand and Australia:
First win for New Zealand against Australia at home
1 – This was the first win for New Zealand at home against Australia. Before this, they had lost 4 of the 5 matches they played in New Zealand against the Aussie team, while one match was a Tie.
Records galore for Devon Conway
44.68 – After his incredible innings, Devon Conway now has an average of 44.68 in T20 cricket. He has now surpassed Babar Azam in this regard and has the highest average in T20 cricket among players scoring a minimum of 1000 runs.
5 – This is the fifth consecutive 50+ score for Conway in T20 cricket. He has become the first Blackcaps cricketer to achieve this feat.
4 – Devon Conway became the fourth player to get a score of 99-not out in T20Is. Before him, Luke Wright, Mohammad Hafeez and Dawid Malan were left stranded on 99.
2 – Devon Conway has now scored 273 runs in his first 5 T20 innings at an average of 91. He is only behind Hazratullah Zazai (347 runs) among players scoring the most runs in their first 5 innings in T20Is.
5 – Conway became the fifth player to play 3 or more knocks of 50+ in the first five innings of a T20I career.
Milestone for Tim Southee
4 – Tim Southee bowled brilliantly in this game picking 2 wickets in his 3 overs giving away only 10 runs. He has now taken 89 T20I wickets and has reached the joint fourth spot among the highest wicket-takers in T20Is.
Duck after ages for Martin Guptill
69 – Martin Guptill got out for a duck after a gap of 69 innings. He is at the third spot among cricketers playing most consecutive innings without scoring a duck. MS Dhoni (84) and David Miller (71) will remain ahead of him.
Ish Sodhi’s feat
4 – Ish Sodhi became the fourth kiwi spinner to take a 4-fer in T20Is. He registered the fifth-best bowling figures for a Kiwi spinner in T20Is.
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