T20 World Cup: New Zealand thrash Australia in Super 12 opener

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Team 1, Sydney
New Zealand 200-3 (20 overs): Conway 92* (58), Allen 42 (16)
Australia 111 all out (17.1 overs): Maxwell 28 (20), Santner 3-31, Southee 2-6
New Zealand won by 89 runs
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Devon Conway scored an unbeaten 92 as New Zealand beat hosts Australia by 89 runs in the T20 World Cup.

The Black Caps’ first Super 12 win at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia’s Trans-Tasman rivals in any format since 2011.

It was also Australia’s biggest defeat in a T20 World Cup and the second biggest of all time in the 20-over format.

Finn Allen started things off when he smashed 41 off 16 balls in an opening stand of 56 with Conway expertly controlling the New Zealand innings.

The left-hander added 69 from captain Kane Williamson and James Neesham’s unbeaten 26 off 13 balls, including a six off the last ball, took New Zealand to 200-3.

Australia’s chase went awry from the start with David Warner’s odd dismissal – bowled through his thigh pad and the back of the bat – the first of three wickets to fall in the powerplay.

A stunning diving catch by Glenn Phillips to remove Marcus Stoinis from deep cover left the home side 50-4 in the ninth over, ending the game as a contest as Australia were reduced to 111 in the 18th over.

Tim Southee finished with figures of 3-6 from 2.1 overs, while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner took 3-31 as the Kiwis started the tournament with a confidence-boosting win.

Australia travel to Perth to face Sri Lanka on Tuesday, while New Zealand travel to Melbourne to face Afghanistan the following day.

Finn fireworks set the tone for NZ before Conway took over

Allen ensured the Super 12 stage got off to an electric start as he led the charge to Australia on his World Cup debut.

The 23-year-old right-hander hit Mitchell Starc over the top for four second balls and sent the next delivery even further, for a six.

World T20 bowler Josh Hazlewood was the first player in the firing line and an onrushing Allen pushed him through cover before bringing the opener to life in the 19th over when his mistimed shot exploded through the hands of Adam Zampa at short leg.

Allen went on to nail Pat Cummins and Marcus Stoinis for six, his stunning display of clean hitting perfectly executed at Hazlewood before the yorkers finished.

Conway was happy to play second fiddle, but with Allen gone, he effortlessly stepped into the limelight.

There was no attack from Allen, the left-hander got his moments and Zampa’s leg turn was the target.

The spinner saw his first ball drilled through the covers and Conway hit the stands twice, the second maximum taking him to his 36-ball half-century.

With Neesham taking the lion’s share of the strike in the final, Conway was denied the chance to reach a T20 international hundred, but his classy 58 balls set New Zealand on course for victory.