New Zealand vs India 2020: Virat Kohli Impressed With the Way India Delivers in the Auckland T20I
India has registered an emphatic victory in the first T20I match against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. Though, the host New Zealand had set a mammoth target of 204 runs. The Indian batsman, especially, Shreyas Iyer has led India to comfortably register the four-wicket win.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was delighted with the victory. He praised the efforts of the team though they didn’t get much time to prepare in New Zealand. He further thanked the crowd for their full support to Team India.
“We enjoyed this. Landing two days before and playing a game like this, it was fantastic. We never spoke of the jetlag in the team. We didn’t want any excuse. Felt like 80% support was for us and the crowd was right behind us. You need that sort of push chasing 200-plus,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Kohli also mentioned the efforts of the bowler albeit New Zealand set a huge target against India.
“We just focused on what we needed to do to win. We were looking forward to play. We have done well in T20Is in the last one year. You can’t be harsh on anyone on this sort of a pitch. I thought 230 was on at one point, but we pulled it back nicely,” Kohli said.
New Zealand vs India 2020 – 1st T20I, Auckland:
Indian skipper Kohli won the toss and asked New Zealand to bat first. From the start of the match, the Kiwis created pressure on the Indian bowlers.
Kiwis opener Colin Munro, skipper Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor scored the fifties each. While Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Chahal, Shivam Dube, and Ravindra Jadeja picked one wicket each.
In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were the opening partners. Sharma lost the wicket at seven while the in-form batsman KL Rahul continued firing all over the ground.
Rahul and Kohli set up a strong partnership before the former lost his wicket at 56 runs. Consecutively, Kohli, at 45, also lost his wicket to pacer Blair Tickner.
However, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey maturely took the game forward. Iyer scored unbeaten 58 runs leading the team to finishing point with his power-packed performance.
Now, the two teams will play the second T20I match on Sunday (26 January) in Auckland.
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