Jimmy Neesham’s reverse scoop: The all-rounder from New Zealand hit as many as six sixes at a strike rate of 281.25 to justify his batting promotion.
During the second T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of New Zealand in Dunedin, New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham made the most of his batting promotion by scoring a brutal 45* (16) comprising of a four and six sixes.
Batting at No. 4 for the first time in his T20I career, Neesham hit his first three deliveries for consecutive sixes to continue the brisk run-scoring process after opening batsman Martin Guptill’s dismissal.
Having hit another six off Kane Richardson in the 17th over, Neesham witnessed fellow batsmen getting out without much contribution. In sound nick, the same didn’t stop the southpaw from assaulting the opposition bowlers.
The highlight of Neesham’s innings came in the last over when he reverse scooped Australia all-rounder Daniel Sams for a six over the third man region. Neesham, who hit another six in the same over, made it a point to equal their previous team record of hitting most sixes (18) in a T20I innings.
After Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to field, Guptill blasting a 16th T20I half-century raised questions on the decision. Having scored 97 (50) with the help of six fours and eight sixes, Guptill top-scored for the Kiwis as they posted a formidable 219/7 in 20 overs.
With bowling figures of 4-0-43-3, Kane Richardson was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors. Other than Kane, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa and Sams picked a wicket apiece.
Jimmy Neesham’s reverse scoop
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 25, 2021
That Jimmy Neesham shot is the very definition of ridiculous. 😍 #NZvAUS
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) February 25, 2021
What a way to finish the innings! New Zealand finish on 219/7
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) February 25, 2021
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