New Zealand vs India 2020: We Always Knew We Can Score Runs at Eden Park – Shreyas Iyer
On Friday, India were off to a flying start during their ongoing month-long cricket tour of New Zealand. The visiting team defeated hosts by six wickets in the first T20I game at Eden Park in Auckland. Shreyas Iyer’s gritty-fifty guides the Men in Blue to their first victory in the five-match game T20Is.
However, Virat Kohli & his men did not have the perfect start while chasing a target of 204. Opener Rohit Sharma was taken down by within the starting two overs of their innings. He managed just seven runs while Virat Kohli came into support KL Rahul (56). The duo managed a 99-run partnership. Rahul handed over his wicket to Tim Southee before Iyer came up with all guns blazing.
The Indian skipper, however, missed his half-century by just five runs as Martin Guptill pulled off a stunner at deep mid-wicket. Shivam Dube departed for a 9-ball 13 and by then India needed 62 runs in less than seven overs.
It was this crucial time when Iyer had the responsibility to chase down the remaining target. He assaulted the opposing bowlers in the death overs and hunted down the target with six balls to spare. Iyer played one of his best innings, giving the perfect finish to the game with a spectacular six on the last ball of the 19th over.
Shreyas Iyer’s hitting prowess in the death overs earns him Player of the Match award:
The perfect finish to the series opener for the visiting Men in Blue earned Shreyas Iyer (29-ball 58) Player of the Match award. During the post-match ceremony, Iyer was asked about his game and experience to register his name as the match-finisher.
Looking forward to similar support: Shreyas Iyer
While it had been exciting for the middle-order batsman to finish the game in his style, losing two wickets in quick succession raised the need to build a healthy partnership. And with boundaries being small, Iyer further said that they knew runs would come in easy. He finished off saying that he is looking forward to more such exciting games.
“We had lost quick wickets, so we had to build partnerships. We always knew we can score runs because this is a small ground. Looking forward to similar support in the remaining games as well,” Shreyas said on receiving the Man of the Match award.
Up next, India will have the second T20I game on Sunday (26th January) at Eden Park. While Kohli & Co. will be looking forth to maintain their lead in the series. The Black Caps will certainly be eyeing the needed come back. The T20I series will end on 2nd February before the two teams would prepare for the three-match ODI series commencing from February 5.
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