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Devon Conway made New Zealand Twenty20 history by hitting 99 unbeaten to help the Black Caps beat Australia by 53 points in their first international T20 match.

Conway’s 59-ball stroke, which included 10 fours and three sixes, saw him become the first New Zealand cricketer to strike five successive half centuries of T20 cricket.

In his previous four innings for Wellington Firebirds, he hit 50, 69 not out, 91 not out and 93 not out.

He is also only the sixth player to score five consecutive 50s in T20, national or international matches after Virender Sehwag, Hamilton Masakadza, Kamran Akmal, Jos Buttler and David Warner.

The 53-point win is New Zealand’s biggest margin of victory in history over Australia in T20I cricket.

Conway’s innings helped New Zealand reach 184-5 at bat in Christchurch, with Glenn Phillips adding 30 and James Neesham 26 after the Black Caps were reduced to 19-3.

Daniel Sams struck out lead opener Martin Guptill for a duck and also had skipper Kane Williamson taken out for 12.

Jhye Richardson also took two wickets, but New Zealand recovered from early setbacks to post a solid total.

Australia lost four early wickets in their reply as they slipped to 19-4, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult each hitting twice to tear up the first order.

Mitchell Marsh provided some resistance with 45 of 33 balls before being fired by Kyle Jamieson.

Ashton Agar hit 23 of 13 but was one of four wickets for spinner Ish Sodhi as New Zealand took control.

Mitchell Santner sealed the victory when he left Richardson (11) puzzled.

The second meeting of the five-game series takes place in Dunedin on February 25.


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