NZ vs Aus 1st T20 Live: Stoinis removes danger-man Phillips; New Zealand go 4 down -follow for LIVE Updates- Australian bowlers have put New Zealand right from the start. After removing both openers cheaply, skipper Williamson also failed to make an impact, being dismissed for just 12.
Conway and Phillips continued NZ’s fightback but a slower cutter from Stoinis did the trick to remove the danger man.
New Zealand vs Australia 1st T20 LIVE Updates and Commentary
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FIFTY! Half-century for Devon Conway. His 3rd fifty in T20I cricket and it has come at a crucial time for the Kiwis.
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OUT! Phillips Skies straight up to cover and Marsh holds on. A slower Cutter angled into leg, he loses his shape trying to launch this over wide long on, he sliced it straight up off a leading edge, it went a long way in the air, Marsh ran in from cover and took a good catch.
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Back to back boundaries! Conway leading New Zealand’s comeback with consecutive boundaries off Ashton Agar
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SIX! Phillips gets underneath a short delivery, swivels on a pull and sends it into the crowd.
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FOUR! Brings out the reverse sweep to good effect. Floated on middle and off, Conway brings the reverse sweep in play and hits it through backward point for a boundary.
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NEW ZEALAND-22/3 (after 5 ovs)
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OUT!Bottom edge from Kane Williamson. Another short-of-a-length delivery, Williamson trying a repeat shot, this might have been more of a cutter, takes a thin bottom edge that just carries to Wade
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OUT! A peach of a delivery by Richrdson. A rapid yorker goes under the bat and takes the base of off stump. Almost as though Seifert played over it
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Spin introduced by Australia! Interesting from Aaron Finch as Adam Zampa is all set to operate from the other end.
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OUT! Australia draws early blood. Guptill’s woes continue. Full at off stump, brings the drive this time, it skews off a thick outside half of the part and it’s a regulation catch at backward point
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We are done with the pre-match formalities and the action is all set to begin. The Aussie fielders spread out to their positions. For NZ, Martin Guptil and Tim Seifret come out. Daniel Sams will be taking on the new ball responsibility.
Anthems complete at Hagley Oval and we are set to go! Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert heading out to the middle to open up. Daniel Sams with the ball for Australia. Follow play LIVE in NZ with @sparknzsport and @TVNZ 1 #NZvAUS pic.twitter.com/R9BlcqX1JD
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Before the start of the match, players observe a moment of silence on the 10th anniversary of those who died and those injured in the Christchurch earthquake.
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Josh Philippe enjoys a special moment after being awarded his Australian T20 cap. Check out.
“One word for I’ve got for you is trust.”
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) February 22, 2021
Aaron Finch: “Looks like a really good wicket and I don’t think it will change much. We’ll back in our batters. Josh Philippe is making his debut today. It’s a great opportunity for him.”
Kane Williamson: “We were going to have a bowl first as well. It feels like a wee while since our last international but it’s great to be back. Hamish Bennett and Mark Chapman miss out.”
NZ vs AUS 1st T20 Playing XI
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Australia vs New Zealand 1st T20 Live: Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch on Sunday said that the focus of his side remains on winning the five-match T20I series against New Zealand. New Zealand and Australia will be locking horns in five T20Is, beginning Monday and this series will serve as preparation for the T20 World Cup slated to be played in India this year.
“The first aim to is to win the series but there is also a bit of information grabbing throughout the series with guys in some different roles, potentially,” Finch said today in Christchurch. Our number one focus is to try and win the series. We are coming up against a great New Zealand side, quite experienced,” cricket.com.au quoted Finch as saying.
“You have got captain Kane Williamson leading the side with Martin Guptill at the top of the order who is a great white-ball player for New Zealand. Then you have got the experience of (pacemen Trent) Boult and (Tim) Southee, (spinners Mitch) Santner and (Ish) Sodhi, Jimmy Neesham as well. It is a very settled, experienced side and we are going to have to be at our best to win,” he added.
Australia’s Top 3 for the 1st T20: Finch has already stated that he will bat in the top three along with Matthew Wade and Josh Philippe. All-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will bat at four and five respectively.
“Josh Philippe, we have seen how dynamic he is and the form he has been in throughout the Big Bash, so really excited for him to get an opportunity at some point throughout this series,” said Finch.
Australia will exit hotel quarantine today ahead of tomorrow’s opening clash at Hagley Oval. NZ vs Aus 1st T20: New Zealand vs Australian T20 Series to go live on Monday, Watch Live Streaming on FancCode @ 11.30 am
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, *Martin Guptill (pending fitness test), Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee. *Finn Allen (on stand-by for Guptill).
NZ vs Aus 1st T20: New Zealand vs Australian T20 Series to go live on Monday, Watch Live Streaming on FancCode at 11.30AM