Devon Conway’s 99 leads New Zealand to convincing T20 win over Australia

Devon Conway’s 99 leads New Zealand to convincing T20 win over Australia

The Guardian

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  • New Zealand 184-5; Australia 131 (off 17.3 overs)
  • Black Caps win by 53 runs at Hagley Oval in Christchurch

After a fast start, Australia floundered in their T20 series opener against New Zealand, falling 53 runs short in their chase in Christchurch. Devon Conway was the hero for the hosts, posting an unbeaten 99 off 59 balls, narrowly missing the chance for a last-ball hundred as New Zealand posted 184-5.

In reply, the visitors’ top order crumbled as Australia limped to 131 all out, starting the five-game series with a dispiriting loss. Out-of-form skipper Aaron Finch (1), first-gamer Josh Philippe (2), Matthew Wade (12) and Glenn Maxwell (1) were all out caught in the opening five overs.

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