As R Ashwin tweeted about New Zealand batsman Devon Conway’s scintillating 99 against Australia, Simon Doull took a dig at the players selected in the IPL auctions, over the years. Doull replied to Ashwin’s tweet saying, “continually overlooked for second rate Australians” for years now. “Not sure it matters @ashwinravi99 NZ players have continually been overlooked for second rate Australians in the IPL for years. Seems outside of IPL big bash is the only comp looked at.. #player #NZcricket,” Doull wrote, replying to Ashwin’s tweet.
Here’s the tweet:
Not sure it matters @ashwinravi99 NZ players have continually been overlooked for second rate Australians in the IPL for years. Seems outside of IPL big bash is the only comp looked at.. #player #NZcricket
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) February 22, 2021
Meanwhile, 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.