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Devon Conway’s 99 not out helps New Zealand beat Australia by 53 runs

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New Zealand on Monday beat Australia by 53 runs in the 1st T20I at the Hagley Oval to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Devon Conway scored an unbeaten 99 to help New Zealand to 184/5 after which Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult and Tim Southee dismantled the visitors who were all out for 131.

While Boult and Southee picked two wickets each, Sodhi took career-best figures of 4/28.

Both teams lost their top three batsmen within the first four overs. While New Zealand managed to recover thanks to Conway’s innings, Australia could not arrest their collapse. The visitors are without first choice players like Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins and Matthew Wade opened the batting with captain Aaron Finch.

Finch fell to Southee in the first over of the innings for one run after which Josh Philippe fell to Boult for two. Boult also dismissed Wade in his next over after which Southee got the wicket of Glenn Maxwell, who departed for just one run.

Sodhi then got the first of his four wickets as he dismissed Marcus Stoinis with a catch off his own bowling. Stoinis had stuck with Mitchell Marsh, who was Australia’s top scorer with 44 runs, to put up 37 for the fifth wicket. Marsh then put up 42 for the sixth with Ashton Agar.

Marsh was dismissed by Kyle Jamieson after which Sodhi wiped off the rest of Australia’s batting lineup.

Earlier, Daniel Sams dismissed New Zealand opener Martin Guptill off the third ball of the match after which Jhye Richardson got Tim Seifert for one run. Sams then snaffled the big wicket of New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson, who fell for just 12 runs.

However, the Kiwis’ middle order, led by Conway, turned it around for the hosts. Conway’s 99 came in 59 balls as he hit 10 fours and three sixes. He put up a partnership of 74 runs with Glenn Philipps after which he put up 47 for the fifth wicket with James Neesham. He hit a six and a four off the fourth and fifth balls of the last over but could only take a single off the last ball, thus being stranded on 99.

Brief scores: New Zealand 184/5 in 20 overs (Devon Conway 99 not out, Glenn Phillips 30; Jhye Richardson 2/31) beat Australia 131 all out in 17.3 overs (Mitchell Marsh 45, Ashton Agar 23; Ish Sodhi 4/28)

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Pollard was stunned by 1st contract offered by MI: Dwayne Bravo

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Dwayne Bravo revealed the role he played in Mumbai Indians (MI) signing Kieron Pollard in 2010. Bravo played for MI between 2008 and 2010 and the team was searching for a replacement after the Trinidadian left for Chennai Super Kings.

“When Mumbai Indians needed a replacement for me, I gave them Kieron Pollard’s name. When they tried contacting him, he was playing for a club, so I recommended Dwayne Smith and he became my replacement,” Bravo told Cricbuzz.

“The following year, when it was the Champions League, I called Rahul (Sanghvi) and said, ‘Pollard, he’s here. Come and sign him now before the tournament starts.’ Rahul and Robin Singh left Mumbai and came to Hyderabad, I’ll never forget they came with a contract which at that time was 200,000 USD. I called Pollard, who came downstairs and met them both in the lobby. He saw the contract. Now for someone coming from Trinidad, as a 19-year-old, that was wow. He said, ‘Dwayne are you serious?” said Bravo.

Pollard has turned out to be one of the most important signings in MI’s history, playing an integral role in the team’s five Indian Premier League (IPL) victories. He has scored 3,191 runs for MI at a strike rate of 150.87 and taken 63 wickets as well.

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India retain top spot in ICC Test rankings

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India have retained the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual update of the Test rankings. India are on 121 rating points while second-placed New Zealand are on 120.

England overtook Australia to take third place with 109 rating points. Australia currently have 108. The West Indies, who beat Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in series played this year, have moved from eighth to sixth with 84 points, their best position since 2013.

The ICC said that the latest update eliminates the results of 2017/18. It rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent

“India’s 2-1 win over Australia and 3-1 win over England over the past year and New Zealand’s 2-0 series wins over the West Indies and Pakistan have helped them keep ahead of the pack,” said the ICC.

Pakistan have gained three points but remain in fifth position.

South Africa are in seventh position, equaling their lowest in Test ranking history, while Sri Lanka are next on the list. Bangladesh have lost five points but remain in ninth position while Zimbabwe have gained eight points but are still nine points behind Bangladesh.

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Warner took news of being axed as SRH captain with class: Brad Haddin

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Batsman David Warner took the news of him being axed as SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) “with class”, said the team’s assistant coach Brad Haddin.

“He took it with class. It was a bit of a shock to everyone when the management decided to go in a different direction to try and spark something in the team. We weren’t playing at the standard we needed to but with Davey, the way he handled it, it was all class. He just got back on with the job,” Haddin said on Fox Cricket.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson replaced Warner as captain. SRH ended up playing only one match under Williamson as the season got postponed after that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Warner was dropped in that game.

Haddin, the former Australia wicketkeeper who was also Warner’s team mate in the Australian team, said that the latter just got on with his job and had no qualms in bringing out drinks for the players.

“I dare say he would come back in the contention in the next few games. He’s one of the best in the world in that form of the game. You had to look at the way he reacted when he came on to the bench. He was around everyone; he was running the drinks out. He was really focussed on the meetings so he handled it with a lot of class in a difficult situation,” Haddin said.

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