In the first away tour of 2020, Virat Kohli and Co. comfortably registered a win in the first T20I match against New Zealand in Auckland. However, Kiwi’s dynamic leader Kane Williamson is happy with his team efforts apart from praising Team India.
As Eden Park has shorter dimension across the dial, the host struck sixes and fours all around the stadium. New Zealand opener Colin Munro, skipper Williamson, and Ross Taylor managed the fifties each which allowed the Black Caps to set the mammoth target of 204 runs against the visiting side India.
The New Zealanders were somewhat successful in troubling the Indian top order but middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer took the game away from the hosts. The Mumbai lad scored 58 runs off 28 deliveries. He struck three sixes and five fours. His hard-fought partnership with Manish Pandey helped India to cross the line.
Now, India leads 1-0 in the five-match T20I series.
Kane Williamson on his team’s performance:
After the match, Williamson counted the areas where Black Caps need to improve. Also adding, they will surely make a strong come back in the next game.
“There are a lot of positives. It is hard to defend here and there was a bit of dew here. We knew we had to score over 200 with this being a used surface. Credit to India for the way they played. Taking pace off seemed to be working okay, but it was tough to execute because India put us under pressure constantly,” Williamson said.
“But we do need to find ways to pick up some wickets. It was nice to build some partnerships. Guys came in and played their roles really well. It’s important we improve in all areas in the next game,” he added.
Now, the two teams will feature in the second T20I match on Sunday (26th January) at the same venue; Eden Park, Auckland.