New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I 2020: Shreyas Iyer fireworks give India six-wicket win over New Zealand.

New Zealand vs India: India drive on brilliant fifties from Shreyas Iyer (58*), KL Rahul (56) to chase down 204 with an over to spare and take 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Earlier, New Zealand posted 203/5 after being put to bat first in Auckland. Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro scored fifties for the hosts.

Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten on 58 as India defeated New Zealand by six wickets in the first Twenty20 International of the five-match series on Friday. Chasing 204 for the win, opening batsman KL Rahul and India captain Virat Kohli put on 99 runs for the second wicket to help the visitors stay ahead of the asking rate.

Shreyas Iyer 58 off 29 Balls
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Virat Kohli missed his 25th half-century by just five runs while Manish Pandey also remained not out on 14. Colin Munro was the top-scorer for the hosts with a knock of 59 off 42 deliveries while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor also struck fifties.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of one for 31 in his four overs. The second T20I will be played on Sunday. Continuing his fine form, Rahul notched up his half-century off 23 balls while Kohli fell short of his landmark by just five runs. Together, they provided the base for India’s middle order to finish the chase.

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Kane Williamson 51 off 26 Balls

The Black Caps roared back into contention with a double blow. First, Rahul was out caught off Sodhi in the 10th over and then seven balls later, Martin Guptill pulled off a screamer at deep mid wicket to send back Kohli.

Scorecard: New Zealand
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India lost their set batsmen for six runs and their ploy to send Shivam Dube (13) up the order only had limited success. Dube and Iyer added 21 runs to provide some acceleration, before the all-rounder was Sodhi’s second dismissal of the night.

Iyer then took charge of proceedings as he smacked five fours and three sixes to propel India to victory. He added 50 off 29 balls with Manish Pandey, who hit 14 not out off 12 balls with a six.

It was an immaculate display by the young batsman who showed the benefits of reaping experience batting in the middle order and perhaps answering India’s questions regarding the number four situation.

This was after Munro, Williamson and Ross Taylor (54 not out off 27 balls) made the Indian bowlers suffer. Jasprit Bumrah (1-31) put in a good shift with clever change of pace and control.

Scorecard: India
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Also Yuzvendra Chahal (1/32 in 4 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/18 in 2 overs) kept a check on the run-flow during the back-end. Munro scored 59 off 42 balls, including six fours and two sixes, while Williamson hit four fours and four sixes in his 26-ball 51-run innings as the Black Caps’ made good use of the peculiar Eden Park shape to pile on the runs.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that they enjoyed the contest. Tells that they landed just two days ago and played a game like this which is fantastic. Mentions that they needed the crowd support while chasing 200-plus and they were right behind them. States that they never spoke about the jet lag in the team and didn’t want to take that as an excuse. Further says that they were focused on what needs to be done on the field. Tells that they are playing well as a side and just wants to keep going. Feels that they bowled well in the middle overs and then in the latter half and adds that it appeared a 230 wicket at one stage but they pulled things back nicely. Reckons that they have to improve their fielding and get used to the dimensions of the ground.

New Zealand’s skipper, Kane Williamson says that there are a lot of positives and admits that it was hard to defend on this ground. Mentions about the dew as well but feels India are a class team. States that they needed to pick early wickets which didn’t happen and again he credits India for playing really well. Shares that the pitch was very good for batting and later on dew also made it easy. Feels that they didn’t put India under enough pressure. On his own batting, Kane replies that it’s nice to build some partnerships and the boys played their roles really well.

Highlights : New Zealand vs India

  • India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20I series against New Zealand.
  • Shreyas Iyer scored an unbeaten 58 off just 29, including 3 sixes and 5 fours.
  • Opener KL Rahul smashed a brilliant 27-ball 56.

Highest targets chased down by India (T20I)

  • 208 v WI, Hyderabad { 2019 }
  • 207 v SL, Mohali { 2009 }
  • 204 v NZ, Auckland { 2020 }
  • 202 v Aus, Rajkot { 2013 }
  • 199 v Eng, Bristol { 2018 }
  • 198 v Aus, SCG { 2016 }