Australia annihilated by New Zealand in T20 World Cup

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Devon Conway hit an unbeaten 92 as New Zealand claimed a comprehensive 89-run win over hosts Australia at the T20 World Cup.

Victory in their Super 12 opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground was the Black Caps’ first over their Trans-Tasman rivals in Australia in any format since 2011.

It was also Australia’s heaviest defeat in a T20 World Cup and their second largest of all time in the 20-over

Finn Allen got things started as he bludgeoned 41 from 16 balls in an opening stand of 56 with Conway, who expertly controlled the New Zealand innings.

The left-hander added 69 with captain Kane Williamson and James Neesham smashed 26 not out from 13 balls, including six from the last ball, to take New Zealand up to 200-3.

Australia’s chase faltered early on with David Warner’s bizarre dismissal – bowled via his thigh pad and the back of his bat – the first of three wickets to go down in the powerplay.

A stunning diving catch from Glenn Phillips, running around from deep cover to remove Marcus Stoinis, left the home side 50-4 in the ninth over and all but ended the game as a contest with Australia slumping to 111 all out in the 18th over.

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