'An unbelievable match from the champion sides' - Fans get thrilled after Australia's nail-biting last-ball victory in 1st T20I against New Zealand

Besides this thrilling win against New Zealand in the first T20I, Australia also became the first team to concede 200 runs in four consecutive T20Is.

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Mitchell Marsh and Tim David (File Photo: X)

Mitchell Marsh and Tim David (File Photo: X)

New Zealand and Australia locked horns in a last-ball thriller in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Sky Stadium in Wellington. The hosts’ skipper Mitchell Santner won the toss and decided to bat first on the back of the fiery half-centuries from wicketkeeper-batter Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra.

Conway and Ravindra scored 63 runs and 68 runs off just 46 and 35 balls, respectively. Apart from these two, another opener Finn Allen scored a quick 32 runs off 17 balls, with 2 fours and 3 sixes.

On the back of these knocks, the Blackcaps managed to post a decent total of 215 runs for losing 3 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Marsh scalped one wicket each for Australia.

Tim David and Mitchell Marsh shine for Australia 

The target was looking quite a bit difficult for the Aussies till the end of the 18th over when they required 33 runs off the last 2 overs. But then came some sensational shots from skipper Mitchell Marsh and star middle-order batter Tim David. The duo started hitting some sensational shots, especially Tim David who smashed two sixes off two successive balls in the 18th over.

The thrill was yet to come in the match when the visitors needed 4 runs off the last ball and Tim David was at the strike against the veteran Kiwi pacer Tim Southee. The Aussie ‘Tim’ held the nerves against New Zealand’s ‘Southee’ on this last ball and played the ball for a boundary, which ended successfully beyond the ropes.

It saw a remarkable and thrilling ‘Aussie’ win by 6 wickets on the last ball of the match in a nail-biting and thrilling fashion. The visitors scored 216 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs. Skipper Mitchell Marsh won the ‘Player of the Match award for his sensational 72 runs off just 44 balls, with 2 fours and 7 massive sixes; he also scalped one wicket with the ball.

Here’s how fans reacted to Australia’s thrilling win against New Zealand in first T20I:



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