Australia vs New Zealand - Round 2 - Match 1

What a match for a tournament opener. Australia who won the toss elected to field first. With the rains expected, everybody literally was worried. But the rain god has shown mercy to witness the great match. New Zealand who batted first showed a mature game throughout the match. Finn Allen and Devon Conway who opened the bat for New Zealand had a great start by reaching their first 50 runs in just 23 balls. They built a partnership of 56 runs and then Finn Allen got out then Kane Williamson joined hands with Devon Conway and put on a 69 runs partnership. With Kane Williamson and Glen Philips got out in a short span James Neesham and Devon Conway played a sensible game of cricket with a 48 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Both of them were unbeaten. With 220 runs expected for the way New Zealand started, Australians did their best to contain them for 20 runs short. New Zealand scored 200/3 in 20 overs. Devon Conway scored an unbeaten 92.

Australia had a troubled start after David Warner got out in an unfortunate way. Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh tried to steady the innings and were doing fine until Aaron Finch got out. Australians were losing wickets at regular interval as New Zealand were bowling good enough. The brilliant catch of Glen Philips to dismiss Marcus Stoinis was a beautiful sight of fielding effort. Australians were bowled out for 111 runs. Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner picked 3 wickets each, Trent Boult picked 2 wickets and Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi picked 1 wicket each. New Zealand won the match by a big margin of 89 runs.

The second match is between England and Afghanistan at Perth. England has won the toss and elected to field first.