New Zealand 200 for 3 (Conway 92*, Allen 42) beat Australia (Maxwell 28, Southee 3-6, Santner 3-31) by 89 runs
Ten years can be a good time to wait for some things – inspiration, lifetime service awards, the right blend of salt and pepper in your hair – but not a win. New Zealand last beat Australia in Australia in December 2011. They’ve finally followed it up, 15 matches later, with a performance that maybe makes it all worth it.
It began like it almost always does in the first over. It ended here too. Just like in that game.
Mitchell Starc once broke New Zealand with the third ball he bowled. Here he was sent packing into the crowd beyond the straight boundary.
Allen went for the same shot Brendon McCullum did all those years gao. Minus all the hurtling down the track. Turns out, having a stable base, and presenting a straight bat can be fun too.
New Zealand ransacked 14 runs off the first six balls they faced. Not since the third season of Game of Thrones has a man named Starc been taken down with such ferocity.