New Zealand beat Australia by 53 runs in the first T20I match played in Christchurch today.
Maxwell, who was bought by the RCB team to compete for Rs 14.25 crore in the IPL series, stunned by a run.
Batting first, New Zealand added 184 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Australia, who set a target of 185 for victory, were bowled out for 131 in 17.3 overs, losing by 53 runs.
This gives New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20 series.
The New Zealand team’s success was due to the action of Conway and the bowling of Ish Sodhi, Bolt and Saudi. New Zealand batsman Conway scored 99 off 59 balls to win the man-of-the-match award. Conway added 99 runs, including 10 fours and 3 sixes.
Batting first, New Zealand lost wickets in the cup (0), Shepherd (1) and Williamson (12) in the bowling of Australian batsmen High Richardson and Sams. Stumbled, losing 3 wickets for 19 runs.
The Australian bowlers failed to take advantage of the early opportunity. Had the crisis continued to drop wickets, the New Zealand team would have curled within 100 runs. But as the bowlers faltered, Conway was intimidated into action.
Conway and Phillips paired up for the 4th wicket to rescue the team from the slump. Conway, who hit the bat, flew the Australian bowlers’ fours and sixes. Conway hit an impressive half-century off 36 balls.
The Phillips Conway pair split for 74 for the 4th wicket. Phillips was out for 30 runs.
Conway formed a 47-run partnership with James Nietzsche for the 5th wicket. Nisam was dismissed for 26 runs.
Conway, along with Santner for the 6th wicket, added 44 off 19 balls to give Conway the lead. New Zealand have scored 146 runs in the last 13 overs alone. Conway was unbeaten on 99 and Santner on 7.
At the end of 20 overs, New Zealand added 184 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Daniel Sams and Richardson took 2 wickets each for Australia.
The Australian team set a target of 185 for victory. Unable to cope with the swing bowling of Tim Southee and Trent Bolt, the Australian batsmen lost wickets as the deck collapsed. Aaron Finch (1), Matthew Wade (12), Phillips (2) and Maxwell (1) were out quickly.
Maxwell, who was picked up by the RCB team for Rs 14.25 crore in the IPL series, was shocked to be out for a run.
For the 5th wicket Steinis, Marsh pair played somewhat relaxed. Action player Steinish added 8 runs while Sodhi bowled a catch to himself and was dismissed.
Max Marsh (45) took the wicket off Jamison bowling. Aston Agar (23), Sams (1), Richardson (11) and Kane Richardson (5) were out in the last row.
The Australians lost 5 wickets for 98 runs and lost the remaining 5 wickets for the next 33 runs. 5 back row players, spinner Santner, Ish test Snatched wickets from.
Australia were bowled out for 131 in 17.3 overs and lost by 53 runs. On the New Zealand side Ish test Bolt and Saud took 4 wickets each.