Under the captaincy of Kane Williamson, New Zealand locked horns with Australia in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup as underdogs but the Blackcaps were on their game from the get-go. With the bat in hand, the Kiwis posted 200/3 in 20 overs owing to Devon Conway’s unbeaten knock of 92 runs. Finn Allen and Jimmy Neesham also chipped in with knocks of 42 and 26 respectively.
Defending the total, the Blackcaps came out all guns blazing and Tim Southee removed the likes of David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. However, one truly spectacular moment came on the third ball of the ninth over as Glenn Phillips managed to churn out a sensational catch. Off the bowling of Mitchell Santner, Marcus Stoinis made some room and was looking to go inside out over cover.
The ball was well wide of the sweeper cover but Glenn Phillips ran from the deep, and threw himself towards the ball. He went two-handed and held onto an absolutely stunning catch.
Here is the video of the catch by Glenn Phillips:
We can reveal that this catch from Glenn Phillips is one of the moments that could be featured in your @0xFanCraze Crictos of the Game packs from Australia v New Zealand.
— ICC (@ICC) October 22, 2022
Earlier, owing to the brilliant knock from Conway and a quickfire 42 from Glenn Phillips, New Zealand put on 200 for 3 in 20 overs after Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl first. Australia failed miserably in the chase of 201 runs, getting bundled out for just 111 inside 20 overs.
This is a big blow to the host nation as well as the defending champion and there are going to be many meetings held before the next match. Finch and David Warner fell cheaply and apart from Glenn Maxwell, no one really looked in great touch.
New Zealand bowlers were too good on this day. In fact, this was an all-round show from the Kiwis. They are not the big contenders for the trophy but tonight they showed why the experts are wrong. Conway, Glenn Phillips, Allen, Southee, and Boult are a force to reckon with and the world needs to watch for this team now after this brilliant show.