Australia’s leading bowler Jhye Richardson said that his team was satisfied with how they went about their planning & the decisions they made but Aussie’s failed to execute them properly which led to the defeat against New Zealand in the first T20I match.
New Zealand defeated Australia by 53 runs on Monday in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the five match T20I series. “I think from a personal point of view I certainly missed my length. I think they batted really well. The outfield was exceptionally fast. It got a little bit dewy at the end so we found the ball was probably skidding on a little bit more at the end as to the start of the innings which probably helped them a little bit, just in terms of slower balls not sticking into the wicket as much as they were earlier.”
“If we missed our length we got punished. I think the planning and everything from that aspect were fine. We were all satisfied with how we went about our planning and the decisions made out there. It just comes down to an execution thing,” he added.
Australia had reduced New Zealand to 19/3 before Devon Conway unveiled the beast within himself to score an unbeaten 99 runs off 59 balls & led New Zealand to 184/5. The visitors were never comfortable in the chase as they were losing wickets at regular intervals & got dismissed for 131 runs. For New Zealand Ish Sodhi scalped four wickets while Boult and Southee scalped two wickets each.
While praising Trent Boult & Tim Southee, Jhye Richardson said, “[Boult and Southee are] two-class bowlers and we saw them keep it really simple while the ball was swinging, just bowling a really nice line and length and making us make mistakes.” The second T20I between New Zealand & Australia will be played on Thursday.