New Zealand Vs India 2020: 1st T20I – Visitors Take 1-0 Lead After Their Record Successful Away Chase
The visitors India successfully chased their record T20I target outside India after beating the hosts New Zealand in the first game of the five-match T20I series at the Eden Park in Auckland.
Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to field first after winning the toss. The hosts scored 203 for five (20 overs) at the end of the first innings. In reply, the visitors chased down that target in 19 overs after losing just four wickets.
KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer scored half-centuries for India:
After the opener Rohit Sharma (7) lost his wicket cheaply, another opener KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli handled the early situation very well. Rahul and Kohli put together 99-run partnership for the second wicket. While Rahul scored 56 runs off 27 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes), Kohli played the knock of 45 runs off 32 balls (3 fours and only sixer).
When the middle-order batting was under pressure due to the quick dismissals of two set batsmen Rahul and Kohli, Shreyas Iyer impressed with his outstanding batting performance. The youngster remained unbeaten on 58 runs off 29 balls (5 fours and 3 sixes) and guided the team to the comprehensive victory. Manish Pandey (14 not out) also provided important support to Iyer as the duo stitched an unbroken 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
The Kiwi leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (2/36) took two wickets while Mitchell Santner (1/50) and Blair Tickner (1/34) picked up one wicket each.
Three New Zealand batsmen scored 50-plus runs
New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided a very good start as the hosts managed to score 68 for no loss in the powerplay overs. They put the quickfire 80-run partnership for the first wicket before Rohit Sharma’s smart catch at the mid-wicket boundary brought Guptill’s innings (30 off 19 balls) to an end. The other opener Munro scored 59 runs off 42 balls (6 fours and 2 sixes).
Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor provided a solid 61-run partnership for the fourth wicket. After scoring 51 off 26 balls (4 fours and 4 sixes), Williamson lost his wicket.
Taylor remained not out of 54 runs off 27 balls (3 fours and 3 sixes). Since March 2014, it was the first T20I half-century for Taylor.
Among the Indian bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah (1/31), Shardul Thakur (1/44), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/32), Shivam Dube (1/24) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/18) got one wicket each.
With this six-wicket victory (with six balls remaining), India have taken the 1-0 lead in this T20I series with four matches to go.
New Zealand vs India 2020: Some crucial statistics of the match –
i) India successfully chased down the 204-run target in 19 overs (204/4). It was India’s first successful 200-plus chase in T20I outside India.
ii) In the first innings of this match, three New Zealand batsmen scored 50-plus runs. It was the first time when more than two batsmen scored 50 or more runs in the same T20I innings against India.
iii) After losing the toss, New Zealand scored 203/5 (20 overs) in the first innings. It was the third-highest T20I total for New Zealand against India.
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