Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs Australia 13th Match, Group 1 2022/23

Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs Australia 13th Match, Group 1 2022/23

New Zealand 200 for 3 (Conway 92*, Allen 42) beat Australia (Maxwell 28, Southee 3-6, Santner 3-31) by 89 runs

Ten years can be a good time to wait for some things – inspiration, lifetime service awards, the right blend of salt and pepper in your hair – but not a win. New Zealand last beat Australia in Australia in December 2011. They’ve finally followed it up, 15 matches later, with a performance that maybe makes it all worth it.

Finn Allen announced himself as the new face of this batting line-up. His 42 of 16 balls was the spark that sharpened the iron, which his opening partner then took and promptly plunged into the heart of the defending champions.
Devon Conway batted through the entire 20 overs to make 92 off 58 and posed a question to Australia. Can you make the highest total ever made in this country to win a T20I? The answer was, well…
How it began
It began like it almost always does in the first over. It ended here too. Just like in that game.

Mitchell Starc once broke New Zealand with the third ball he bowled. Here he was sent packing into the crowd beyond the straight boundary.
Allen went for the same shot Brendon McCullum did all those years gao. Minus all the hurtling down the track. Turns out, having a stable base, and presenting a straight bat can be fun too.

New Zealand ransacked 14 runs off the first six balls they faced. Not since the third season of Game of Thrones has a man named Starc been taken down with such ferocity.

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