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New Zealand vs Australia, 1st T20I: Tim David blitz in Australia’s last-ball win 

Electing to bat first at Sky Stadium, hosts New Zealand made 215/3 in an innings which included 13 sixes and 10 fours

AP/PTI Wellington Published 22.02.24, 07:12 AM
Australia captain Mitchell Marsh and (right) Tim David after their six-wicket win in the first T20I against New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday.

Australia captain Mitchell Marsh and (right) Tim David after their six-wicket win in the first T20I against New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday. Getty Images

Tim David hit a four off the last ball to give Au­stralia a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the first T20I on Wednesday, completing their third-highest successful run chase in the format.

Electing to bat first at Sky Stadium, hosts New Zealand made 215/3 in an innings which included 13 sixes and 10 fours. Captain Mitch Marsh then piloted Australia’s innings with an unbeaten 72 from 44 balls.

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David, however, took over at the end, hitting two sixes and a four from the last three balls of the 19th over to leave Australia needing 16 runs from the last six balls.

Veteran seamer Tim Sou­thee — the highest wicket-taker in T20s — was given the responsibility of bowling the last over. His first two balls were wides, then there was a leg bye and Australia needed 12 from three balls.

With Australia needing four off the last ball, Southee bowled full and David clubbed the ball through the mid-wicket and just wide of Glenn Phillips’ despairing dive to the bo­undary. David finished 31 not out from only 10 balls.

“It was a very good wicket and I felt we were just on the run rate right through the innings,” Man of the Match Marsh said.

“There was no do­ubt if we were going to chase down 216 we were going to need a bit
of luck.”

Leading the Black Caps, Mitchell Santner said: “I tho­ught we didn’t bowl too bad but the power they possess all the way down is the reason why they’re pretty good.”

Earlier, Devon Conway broke a form slump with an innings of 63 from 46 balls — his first half-century in 23 innings across all formats — and along with Rachin Ravindra, put
on 113 from 66 balls for the third wicket.

Ravindra came into the New Zealand team as a placeholder for Kane Williamson who is absent awaiting the birth of his third child. He sta­ked a strong claim for a place in New Zealand’s squad for the T20 World Cup in June, hitting six sixes in his 35-ball 68.

The New Zealand innings was given an explosive start by Finn Allen who made 32 from 17 balls in a 66-run opening partnership with Conway. Glenn Phillips finished 19 not out, Mark Chapman 18 not out and every New Zealand batter hit at least a six.

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