All-round New Zealand humiliate champions Australia in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 opener

New Zealand recorded their first win in Australia since 2011 across formats

New Zealand kicked off their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 campaign with a commanding victory by a humongous 89 runs against defending champions and hosts Australia in the first match on the main road and played at the Sydney cricket ground on Saturday evening. 

After scoring 200/3 batting first, powered by a brilliant 92* from Devon Conway, the New Zealand bowlers short Australia out for just 111 in 17.1 overs to record their first victory in Australia since 2011 in 15 matches across formats. 

It was New Zealand all the way in the first match of the second round of this ICC T-20 World Cup 2022 as their openers Finn Allen and Devon Conway ripped apart the star-studded Australian fast bowling lineup which consisted of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. 

Finn Allen provided early fireworks with a brilliant 42 from just 16 balls, studded with 5 boundaries and 3 sixes while his opening partner Devon Conway picked up the scoring pace gradually. Even though Kane Williamson could not make beyond a run a ball 23, New Zealand kept going towards a big target thanks to a brilliant knock from the left-handed Devon Conway.

The New Zealand and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman hammered two sixes and seven boundaries to 92 not out from 58 balls, powering his team to a strong total of 200/3 in their 20 overs with none of the Australian bowlers really making their mark in the opening clash at the SCG.

The home team, also the defending champions for this competition, but off to a poor start when David Warner was dismissed by Tim Saudi for just five while Aaron Finch (13) and Mitchell Marsh (16) could not make any impact whatsoever. After the powerplay, Australia was struggling to find any momentum and a defeat looked certain, which became a reality since they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. 

Marcus Stoinis had a painful stay in the middle scoring 7 from 14 balls whereas all-rounder Glenn Maxwell tried to launch a counter-attack but could not go beyond a 20-ball 28 studded with 3 fours and a six. 

The  dashing Tim David was dismissed by Mitchell Santner for 11, with the left-arm New Zealand spinner returning with an impressive 4-0-31-3. 

However, the most impressive among the New Zealand not as far as their meaning of concern was the senior pro Tim Southee, who bowled a super impressive 2.1-0-6-3, accounting for the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins and David Warner.

Trent Boult also chipped in with a couple of wickets late in the evening to help New Zealand close the contest with a huge win over trans-Tasman rivals, whose backs will now be placed firmly the against the wall after being served with such a humbling defeat.