Devon Conway made 99 out of 59 balls to lead New Zealand to a 53-time victory over Australia on Monday in the first of the five nationals of Twenty20.
South African-born Conway improved on his previous high score of 65 in the international T20 by coming to the fold when New Zealand was 11-2 and left undefeated when he was 184-5 after winning the throw and hitting first.
Australia was responsible for 131 in response.
Conway reached the last of New Zealand’s 87 innings, didn’t come out, took one, hit four and six and was 98 facing the last ball of the inning, but could only manage one that remained a little less than a first century.
Sams fired the opener from New Zealand Martin Guptil with the third ball from the inning, then eliminated captain Kane Richardson (12) while Jhye Richardson bowled Tim Seifert (1) to leave the hosts 19-3.
Conway regained inning in partnerships of 74 for the fourth goal with Glen Phillips (30), 47 for the fifth with Jimmy Niysham (26) and 44 with Mitchell Santner (7).
“The door was a bit sticky at first, but over time it got better and better, and in the end there were some good partnerships,” Conway said. “The key was just trying to stay positive all the time.
“When I’m sure, I’m in my best condition. The point was not to try to think too far ahead, but just to try to build good partnerships in the end. “
Australia also had problems early, losing a captain Aaron Finch in the first over and Josh Philip, in the debut, in the next over 8-2. They both fell for the catch from Conway.
New ball from New Zealand Tim Southy and Trent Bult they managed to swing the ball in the spotlight at the Hagley Oval – something Australian bowling couldn’t do – and also caught Matthew Wade’s goal to leave Australia 16-3.
When Niysham was fired Glenn Maxwell (1), Australia was 19-4 years old and had deep problems.
Mitch Marsh, killing order number 4, and Marcus Stoinis mounted a small revival, raising tourists to 56-5.
Foot spinner from New Zealand Ish Sodhi then made a major contribution, eliminating Marsh (45), Stoynis (8), Ashton Hagar (23) and Sams to finish 4-28. Hagar and Sams fell within two balls to take Kyle Jamieson behind the square.
The Australian team has just come out of managed isolation for two weeks, although it recently managed to train at Lincoln’s cricket facility in Christchurch.
The Australian team was mentioned in the expectation that top players such as David Warner and Mitchell Stark will be on a test tour in South Africa, but this tour was canceled due to the pandemic.
“It seems like a long time has passed since we played,” said Finch. “We didn’t play our best tonight and New Zealand played well.
“Conway really deserved a hundred.” It’s hard to be in Twenty20 cricket and it was an absolutely great knock. “