India vs NZ 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma-led India beat New Zealand by 5 wickets to take 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Daryl Mitchell on his very first ball but that was the only wicket India took in the next 12 overs. Martin Guptill and Chapman stitched a 109-run partnership for the 2nd wicket and set the foundation for a big score.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin brought India back into the game after sending both Chapman and Glenn Phillips in the 14th over. Chapman scored 63 runs off 50 balls before getting out. However, Martin Guptill continued to score and played till the 18th over. He scored 70 off 42 balls, including 3 fours an 4 sixes. New Zealand didn’t get the flourish that they would have desired as India did well to restrict them to 164 runs in the first innings. India, in pursuit of the total, got off to a solid start. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma added 50 runs for the opening wicket in 5 overs before KL Rahul departed on 15(14).
Rohit Sharma, however, kept taking the opposition apart with shots all around the ground. Rohit went on to score 48 off 36 balls. Suryakumar Yadav supported him brilliantly and was, in fact, the standout batsman for the team. He ensured India don’t go too much behind the required run rate.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 62 runs off 40 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes, and gave India the best chance of winning the game. With 23 runs needed in the final four overs, it was India’s game to lose. However, the likes of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson brought New Zealand back into the game as they bowled one over each to bring down the equation to 10 needed in the final over. Venkatesh Iyer scored a four on the second ball of the final over and Rishabh Pant hit a four on the fourth ball to finish the game with two balls remaining.
India vs NZ 1st T20I Brief Scores: India 166 for 5 in 19.4 overs (Suryakumar 62, Rohit 48; Boult 2/31) beat New Zealand 164 for 6 in 20 overs (Guptill 70, Chapman 63; Bhuvneshwar 2/24, Ashwin 2/23) by 5 wickets