1st T20 highlights: Iyer's quickfire 58 helps India beat Kiwis by 6 wickets

India's Rohit Sharma celebrates with teammates after taking a catch to dismiss New Zealand's Martin Guptill during the Twenty/20 cricket international between India and New Zealand in Auckland. Photo: AP | PTI

The immensely talented Shreyas Iyer enhanced his reputation of a finisher with a scintillating 29-ball-58 as India cricket team crushed New Zealand by six wickets in a high-scoring first T20 International at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday. Iyer built on K L Rahul's (56 off 27 balls) blazing start and Virat Kohli's useful 45 off 32 balls as India made short work of a 204-run target, knocking it off with an over to spare.

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Credit should be given to Indian bowlers for restricting New Zealand cricket team towards the end considering the dimensions of the Eden Park. Earlier, Colin Munro and Kane Williamson had smashed quickfire half-centuries as New Zealand scored 203-5. In pursuit of 204, India lost Rohit Sharma (7) early in the second over as he played one too many shots in a bid to go after spinner Mitchell Santner (1-50).

Rahul and Kohli then took charge of the innings with an 80-run partnership coming off only 47 balls. The duo launched a good array of strokes with seven fours and four sixes between them as New Zealand struggled to contain the runs. India crossed 100 in the ninth over thanks to their whirlwind partnership, albeit both had chances. Rahul survived a mix-up as New Zealand failed to hit the stumps twice, and then Ish Sodhi dropped a sitter off Kohli.

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Continuing his fine form, Rahul notched up his half-century off 23 balls while Kohli fell short of his landmark by just five runs. Together, they provided the base for India's middle order to finish the chase.

The Black Caps roared back into contention with a double blow. First, Rahul was out caught off Sodhi in the 10th over and then seven balls later, Martin Guptill pulled off a screamer at deep mid wicket to send back Kohli.

India captain Virat Kohli bats as New Zealand keeper Tim Seifert looks on during the Twenty/20 cricket international between India and New Zealand in Auckland. Photo: AP | PTI

India lost their set batsmen for six runs and their ploy to send Shivam Dube (13) up the order only had limited success. Dube and Iyer added 21 runs to provide some acceleration, before the all-rounder was Sodhi's second dismissal of the night.

Iyer then took charge of proceedings as he smacked five fours and three sixes to propel India to victory. He added 50 off 29 balls with Manish Pandey, who hit 14 not out off 12 balls with a six.

It was an immaculate display by the young batsman who showed the benefits of reaping experience batting in the middle order and perhaps answering India's questions regarding the number four situation.

This was after Munro, Williamson and Ross Taylor (54 not out off 27 balls) made the Indian bowlers suffer. Jasprit Bumrah (1-31) put in a good shift with clever change of pace and control.

Also Yuzvendra Chahal (1/32 in 4 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/18 in 2 overs) kept a check on the run-flow during the back-end.

Munro scored 59 off 42 balls, including six fours and two sixes, while Williamson hit four fours and four sixes in his 26-ball 51-run innings as the Black Caps' made good use of the peculiar Eden Park shape to pile on the runs.

New Zealand quickly got off the blocks with openers Munro and Martin Guptill (30 off 19 balls) putting on 68-0 in the power play. It was the highest power play score for New Zealand against India in T20Is (previous best 66-0 in 2019).

India's K L Rahul bats as New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Seifert looks on during the Twenty/20 cricket international between India and New Zealand in Auckland. Photo: AP | PTI

Shardul Thakur (1-44) and Mohammed Shami (0-53) proved to be expensive in their opening spells. India were forced to use as many six bowlers in the first eight overs.

Dube (1-24) got the breakthrough with Rohit Sharma catching smartly to dismiss Guptill. It brought Williamson to the crease and the onslaught continued as he put on 36 off 24 balls with Munro.

The latter reached his half-century off 36 balls before holing out off Thakur. India quickly got a second wicket in the space of four balls with Ravindra Jadeja (1-18) dismissing Colin de Grandhomme (0).

New Zealand, at 117-3 in the 13th over, were placed awkwardly but Williamson and Taylor put on 61 off 28 balls to completely decimate the Indian bowling in the second half of their innings.

Taylor smashed three fours and three sixes, taking 22 runs off Shami in the 16th over, as he raced to a 25-ball half-century. It was his first T20I half-century in six years.

Williamson too completed his half-century off 25 balls. Their 50-run partnership had come off just 24 balls before Williamson was dismissed off Chahal (1-32). Taylor then applied the finishing touches as New Zealand breached 200 in the final over.

Worryingly for India, Bumrah rolled over his left ankle in the 20th over during follow-through and was down in pain. But he recovered sufficiently to deliver the last four deliveries.

Here are the playing 11 of both the sides:

India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul (w), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett


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Over 19; Iyer hits fifty and wins the match for India

Over Summary:  6 4 1 1 0 6 ; India: 204-4
 
Southee continues
 
Ball 6: Shreyas Iyer wallopes towards deep mid-wicket for SIX and wins the match for India
 
Ball 5: A swing and a miss from Shreyas Iyer
 
Ball 4: Manish Pandey collects a single
 
Ball 3: Shreyas Iyer works towards deep square leg for a single.
 
Ball 2: Shreyas Iyer moves towards off side and clips towards fine leg for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Shreyas Iyer smashes straight down the ground for SIX
 

Over 18; India need 18 runs in 12 balls

Over Summary: 4 4 0 1 1 1  ; India: 186-4

Hamish Bennett [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: A single for Shreyas Iyer
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey smashes towards deep backward square leg for a single.
 
Ball 4: Shreyas Iyer hits down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 3: Shreyas Iyer tries to guide the bumper keeper, misses. NO RUN
 
Ball 2: Shreyas Iyer whips towards cow corner for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: Shreyas Iyer glances towards fine leg for FOUR

Over 17; India need 29 runs in 18 balls

Over Summary:  1 6 1 0 1 1 ; India: 175-4

Tim Southee [2.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Iyer
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey collects a single down the ground
 
Ball 4: Manish Pandey hits towards mid-on for no run.
 
Ball 3: Shreyas Iyer works towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 2: Shreyas Iyer smashes towards long leg region for SIX.
 
Ball 1: Manish Pandey collects a single

Over 16; India need 39 runs in 24 balls

Over Summary:  2 0 4 1 6 1 ; India: 165-4
 
Sodhi continues
 
Ball 6: Manish Pandey hits down the ground for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey wallopes towards cow corner region for SIX.
 
Ball 4: Shreyas Iyer clips towards backward square leg for aa single.
 
Ball 3: Shreyas Iyer smashes towards extra cover for FOUR
 
Ball 2: A wild swing from Shreays Iyer, misses.
 
Ball 1: Shreyas Iyer collects a couple of runs.

Over 15; India need 53 runs in 30 balls

Over Summary:  1 1 2 1 1 1  ; India: 151-4

Hamish Bennett [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Shreyas Iyer
 
Ball 5: Manish Pandey hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Shreays Iyer collects a single.
 
Ball 3: Shreays Iyer nudges towards mid-wicket region with soft hands for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Manish Pandey collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Shreyas Iyer collects a single

Over 14; India need 60 runs in 36 balls

Over Summary:  0 W 0 1 1 0  ; India: 144-4

Ish Sodhi [2.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack 
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Shreyas Iyer collects a single to square of wicket
 
Ball 4: Manish Pandey collects a single towards long-off.
 
Ball 3: DOT

Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Shivam Dube perished in search of bigge. 
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 13; India need 62 runs in 42 balls

Over Summary: 1 1 0 4 6 1  ; India: 142-3
 
Santner continues
 
Ball 6: Dube steers down to short third man for a single.
 
Ball 5: Dube smashes over deep mid-wicket fielder for SIX.
 
Ball 4: Dube smashes straight down the ground for FOUR
 
Ball 3: Dube hits without any timing towards extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 2: Iyer dabs towards point region for a quick single.
 
Ball 1: Dube works towards square leg for a single.

Over 12; Virat Kohli departs

Over Summary: W 2 4 1 0 1  ; India: 129-3

Blair Tickner [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Dube steers down to third man for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Dube dabs towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 4: Iyer drives straight down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 3: Iyer makes some room and hits over extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Shreyas Iyer drives towards wide of sweeper cover for a couple of runs. 

Shivam Dube, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 1: Kohli whips towards deep mid-wicket and Guptill takes a forward diving catch to bring New Zealand back in the game

Over 11; India need 83 runs in 54 balls

Over Summary:  1 0 1 Wd 1 1 1  ; India: 121-2

Santner comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kohli collects a single down the ground. 
 
Ball 5: Shreyas Iyer collects a single.

Ball 4: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3: A single for Iyer
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Kohli

Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 10; Rahul departs

Over Summary: Wd 1 Wd 1 1 1 1 Wd W  ; India: 115-2

Ish Sodhi [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

Ball 6: Rahul tries to go big, hits from the bottom of bat and Southee takes the catch. GONE. Rahul c Southee b Ish Sodhi 56(27) [4s-4 6s-3]
 
Ball 6: WIDE
 
Ball 5: Kohli collects a single down the ground
 
Ball 4: Rahul hits down the ground for a single
 
Ball 3: A single for Kohli

Ball 2: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 2: WIDE

Ball 1: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Over 9; K L Rahul hits fifty

Over Summary: 1 2 2 Wd 1Nb 6 1 1 ; India: 107-1
 
Blair Tickner [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kohli drives towards sweeper cover for a single. 
 
Ball 5: Rahul pushes towards long-on for a single

Ball 4: FREE HIT, K L Rahul hits over long-on for SIX and completes his FIFTY.

Ball 4: NO BALL, Kohli hits down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 4: A bumper called WIDE
 
Ball 3: Kohli collects a couple of runs towards square leg region.
 
Ball 2: Kohli tries to go big, gets a leading edge towards third man and Ish Sodhi drops a SITTER, two runs taken
 
Ball 1: Rahul clips towards deep square leg for a single

Over 8; CRR: 11.38 REQ: 9.42

Over Summary:  1 2 0 4 6 1  ; India: 91-1

Mitchell Santner [1.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul collects a single.
 
Ball 5: Rahul smashes SIX, straight down the ground
 
Ball 4: Rahul smashes straight down the ground for FOUR
 
Ball 3: Rahul defends 
 
Ball 2: Rahul tucks towards mid-wicket region with soft hands for a couple of runs.
  
Ball 1: A single for Kohli towards long-off

Over 7; CRR: 11 REQ: 9.77

Over Summary: 1 1 2 Wd 1 Wd 4 1  ; India: 77-1

Ish Sodhi, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Kohli towards long-off

Ball 5: Kohli stays on backfoot and hits towards cow corner region for FOUR
 
Ball 5: WIDE

Ball 4: Rahul hits towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3: Rahul collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 2: Kohli collects a single
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a single

Over 6; CRR: 10.83 REQ: 9.93

Over Summary: 1 1 0 4 1 1  ; India: 65-1

Hamish Bennett [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul collects a single
 
Ball 5: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 4: Kohli smashes FOUR
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Rahul collects a single
 
Ball 1: Kohli collects a single towards long-off

Over 5; CRR: 11.4 REQ: 9.8

Over Summary: 1 1 3 1 6 4  ; India: 57-1

Tim Southee comes back into the attack
 
Ball 6: A bumper and Rahul gets a top edge just over short fine leg for FOUR
 
Ball 5: Rahul whips towards deep square leg for SIX
 
Ball 4: Kohli dabs towards short third man region for a single
 
Ball 3: Rahul hits towards deep backward point for three runs
 
Ball 2: A short of length delivery and Kohli swivels through the pull shot towards deep square leg for a single.
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a single towards deep mid-wicket region

Over 4; CRR: 10.25 REQ: 10.19

Over Summary:  6 0 0 1 1 2  ; India: 41-1

Blair Tickner, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kohli works towards square leg with soft hands for a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: Rahul tucks towards mid-wicket region for a single.
 
Ball 4: Kohli nudges towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Tickner beats Kohli outside off
 
Ball 1: A length delivery and Kohli plays an extended straight drive for SIX towards long-off

Over 3; CRR: 10.33 REQ: 10.18

Over Summary: 0 4 2 Wd 1 1 1  ; India: 31-1

Hamish Bennett, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Kohli collects a single.
 
Ball 5: Rahul works towards mid-wicket region for a single.

Ball 4: Kohli clips towards backward square leg for a single.
 
Ball 4: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 3: Kohli whips towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: Kohli smashes FOUR
 
Ball 1: Bennett beats Kohli outside off

Over 2; Rohit departs

Over Summary: 4 2Wd 0 6 W 1 4  ; India: 21-1

Mitchell Santner, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul hits over mid-on for FOUR
 
Ball 5: A single for Kohli towards long-off

Virat Kohli, right handed batsman, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Rohit goes for slog sweep again, gets a top edge to backward point, GONE. Rohit c Ross Taylor b Santner 7(6) [6s-1]
 
Ball 3: Rohit slog sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for SIX

Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 2: 2 WIDES
 
Ball 1: Rahul hits though extra cover for FOUR

Over 1

Over Summary: 1 0 2 1 0 0  ; India: 4-0

Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Southee will open the attack
 
Ball 6: Southee beats Rohit outside off
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Rahul collects a single
 
Ball 3: Rahul collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Rohit

Over 20

Over Summary: 4 2 2 2 1 1  ; New Zealand: 203-5
 
Bumrah continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Santner towards deep fine leg
 
Ball 5: A single for Ross Taylor down the ground.
 
Ball 4: Taylor hits wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 3: A short delivery and Ross Taylor pulls, gets a top edge towards fine leg boundary for a couple of runs.

Bumrah injured as he twists his ankle during follow through.
 
Ball 2: Ross Taylor whips towards wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1: A short delivery and Taylor pulls without any timing towards mid-wicket, collects 4 runs as India makes a sloppy fiedling effort.

Over 19; CRR: 10.05

Over Summary: 4 2 0 1 1 1  ; New Zealand: 191-5

Mohammed Shami comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Taylor hits towards extra cover for a single
 
Ball 5: Santner hits straight down the ground for a single,
 
Ball 4: A single for Ross Taylor
 
Ball 3: A short delivery and Ross Taylor goes for a pull shot, misses.
 
Ball 2: Ross Taylor collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 1: Ross Taylor smashes FOUR

Over 18; Bumrah scalps Seifert

Over Summary:  0 1 1 1 W 1 ; New Zealand: 182-5

Bumrah comes into the attack
 
Ball 6:  A single for Taylor

Mitchell Santner, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: A slow delivery and Seifert holed up to long-on, GONE. 
 
Ball 4: A single for Ross Taylor down the ground.
 
Ball 3: A low full toss and Seifert hits towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 2: Taylor collects a single towards long-on
 
Ball 1: DOT

Tim Seifert, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 17; Williamson departs

Over Summary: 1 4 4 0 4 W  ; New Zealand: 178-4

Yuzvendra Chahal [3.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Willianson departs
 
Ball 5: Williamson hits toward cow corner for FOUR and completes his FIFTY.
 
Ball 4: Williamson goes for slog sweep, misses. Rahul removes the bail. Decision referred to third man, NOT OUT
 
Ball 3: Williamson hits towards deep extra cover for FOUR
 
Ball 2: Williamson sweeps wide of deep backward square leg for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Ross Taylor collects a single

Over 16; Shami leaks 22 runs

Over Summary: 4 1 4 6 6 1  ; New Zealand: 165-3
 
Mohammed Shami [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Ross Taylor whips towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 5: Back to back SIX for Ross Taylor
 
Ball 4: Ross Taylor smashes SIX
 
Ball 3: Ross Taylor smashes towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR
 
Ball 2: A  single for Williamson
 
Ball 1: Williamson smashes FOUR

Over 15; Jadeja leaks 13 runs

Over Summary: 0 1 1 1 4 6  ; New Zealand: 143-3
  
Jadeja continues
 
Ball 6: Taylor slog sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for SIX
 
Ball 5: Taylor edges through vacant slip cordon for FOUR
 
Ball 4: Williamson collects a single wide of cover fielder.
 
Ball 3: A single for Ross Taylor towards long-off
 
Ball 2: Williamson hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 14; CRR: 9.29

Over Summary: 1 1 6 1 0 0  ; New Zealand: 130-3

Shivam Dube [2.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Ross Taylor defends back to bowler
 
Ball 5: Ross Taylor dabs towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 4: Williamson steers down to third man for a single
 
Ball 3: Williamson pulls towards deep square leg for SIX
 
Ball 2: Ross Taylor collects a single
 
Ball 1: Williamson collects a single

Over 13; de Grandhomme departs

Over Summary: 1 W 1 1 1 1  ; New Zealand: 121-3

Ravindra Jadeja, left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Williamson
 
Ball 5: A single for Taylor
 
Ball 4: A single for Williamson
 
Ball 3:  A single for Taylor

Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: de Grandhomme hits straight to short fine leg, GONE. 
 
Ball 1: Williamson collects a single

Over 12; Colin Munro departs

Over Summary: 1 6 6 1 W 0  ; New Zealand: 116-2

Shardul Thakur [2.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT

Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: A short of length delivery and Munro hits straight to square leg fielder, GONE. Munro c Chahal b SN Thakur 59(42) [4s-6 6s-2]
 
Ball 4: Williamson steers down to third man for a single.
 
Ball 3: Williamson goes for biggie again and this time between deep square leg and mid wicket for SIX
 
Ball 2: Williamson hits towards mid-wicket for SIX.
 
Ball 1: Munro collects a single.

Over 11; Munro hits 50

Over Summary: 4 0 1 1 4 1  ; New Zealand: 102-1
 
Chahal continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Munro as Bumrah makes a sloppy effort at short fine leg
 
Ball 5: Munro sweeps just wide of deep backward square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Williamson hits towards deep square leg for a single.
 
Ball 3: Munro plays a slog sweep towards deep mid-wicket for a single
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Munro cuts late and ball races down to third man boundary for FOUR, Munro completes his FIFTY.

Over 10; CRR: 9.1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 6  ; New Zealand: 91-1
 
Shivam Dube continues
 
Ball 6: Williamson makes some room outside off and hits over mid-off for SIX
 
Ball 5: A loud appeal for LBW against Williamson, umpire declines, relays show there is no inside edge.
 
Ball 4: Munro hits towards long-on for a single
 
Ball 3: A short of length delivery and Munro goes for a pull short, misses followed by a loud appeal for caught behind. Umpire declines
 
Ball 2: Munro taps towards extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 9

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 1 1 ; New Zealand: 84-1

Chahal continues
 
Ball 6: Munro sweeps towards deep backward square leg for a single
 
Ball 5: Williamson slices towards deep point for a single
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Munro collects a single

Over 8; Dube gets Guptill

Over Summary: 4 1 1 1 W 1 ; New Zealand: 81-1

Shivam Dube, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Munro nudges towards mid-wicket region for a single

Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 5: A short delivery Guptill pulls towards deep square leg and Rohit Sharma takes a brilliant catch, Guptill c Rohit b Shivam Dube 30(19) [4s-4 6s-1]
 
Ball 4: Munro makes some room and hits wide of backward point for a single.
 
Ball 3: Guptill nudges towards mid-wicket region for a easy single 
 
Ball 2: Munro slices towards deep point for a single.
 
Ball 1: Munro hits over mid-off for FOUR

Over 7

Over Summary:  1 1 2 0 1 0 ; New Zealand: 73-0

Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Munro slices towards sweeper cover for a single
 
Ball 4: Munro tries to smash the ball out of the park, misses
 
Ball 3: Munro hits towards deep extra cover for a couple of runs
 
Ball 2: Guptill punches down the ground for a single
 
Ball 1: Munro drives towards deep extra cover for a single

Over 6; Shami leaks 16 runs

Over Summary: 4 1 0 Wd 1 Wd 2 6  ; New Zealand: 68-0
 
Mohammed Shami [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Guptill straight drives the length ball for SIX.

Ball 5: Guptill works towards square leg with soft hands for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 5: WIDE

Ball 4: A single for Munro
 
Ball 4: WIDE
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Guptill collects a single towards mid-wicket
 
Ball 1: Guptill glances towards fine leg for FOUR

Over 5; CRR: 10.4

Over Summary:  4 Wd 0 1 0 0 2 ; New Zealand: 52-0
 
Jasprit Bumrah [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Munro collects a couple of runs. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Guptill 

Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 2: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 1: Guptill taps towards third man and Shardul makes mess of it as ball goes for FOUR

Over 4: Munro on fire

Over Summary:  2 2 4 6 0 4 ; New Zealand: 44-0
 
Shardul Thakur continues
 
Ball 6: A short of length delivery, Munro goes for a pull, gloves it over keeper for FOUR
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A length delivery and Munro plays an extended straight drive for SIX
 
Ball 3: Munro smashes just wide of mid-on for FOUR
 
Ball 2: Munro collects a couple of runs  as he hits over the infield on off side.
 
Ball 1: Munro hits towards mid-wicket region for a couple of runs.

Over 3

Over Summary:  0 1L 0 Wd 4 0 1 ; New Zealand: 26-0

Mohammed Shami, right arm medium fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Munro works towards square leg for a easy single. 
 
Ball 5: A slow delivery outside off and Munro goes for a wild slog, misses
 
Ball 4: A length delivery and Munro plays a short arm jab towards square boundary for FOUR
 
Ball 4: A bumper, called WIDE
 
Ball 3: Munro tucks the short of length delivery towards mid-wicket for no run.
 
Ball 2: A single for Guptill
 
Ball 1: Guptill dabs towards backward point for no run. 

Over 2

Over Summary:   1 4 1 0 0 6 ; New Zealand: 19-0
 
Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Ball 6: A full delivery and Munro wallopes towards long-on boundary for SIX
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Munro dabs towards short extra cover for no run.
 
Ball 3: Guptill punches towards mid-on for a quick single
 
Ball 2: Ball going down the leg side, Guptill glances towards fine leg boundary for FOUR 
 
Ball 1: Munro collects a single towards left of mid-wicket fielder

Over 1

Over Summary: 0 4 1 Wd 0 1 0  ; New Zealand: 7-0
 
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Jasprit Bumrah opens the attack
 
Ball 6: Guptill dabs towards backward point for no run
 
Ball 5: A yorker and Munro digs it to backward square leg for a single.

Ball 4: A full delivery outside off and Guptill tries to slice it, misses.
 
Ball 4: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 3: Guptill dabs towards mid-wicket and collects a single as Chahal makes a sloppy effort
 
Ball 2: Guptill smashes on the up over mid-off for FOUR
 
Ball 1: Bumrah beats Guptill outside off. 

India playing 11

India: Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand playing 11

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett

TOSS ALERT: India to bowl first

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson flips the coin, Indian skipper Virat Kohli calls heads and it is heads. India wins toss and elect bowl first. 

T20s: Head to head in New Zealand

New Zealand won: 4
 
India won: 1

Key stats at Eden Park, Auckland

Average first innings winning score: 189

Pacers' wicket: 81

Spinners' wicket: 33

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Skipper Kohli has cleared the air regarding as to who will keep wickets in the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand and said that Rahul's wicket-keeping skills serve best the balance of the side.

The Men in Blue recently defeated Australia 2-1 in a three-match ODI series.
 
Regular keeper Pant was concussed in the first ODI of the series and as a result, Rahul had to keep wickets in the second and third ODI.
 
In the second ODI, Rahul went on to score 80 runs and performed well behind the stumps in the matches that followed.
 
Rahul, who replaced Rishabh Pant as a wicket-keeper, was seen keeping wickets with Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini charging into bowl.

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India vs New Zealand 1st T20: Pitch report

The Eden Park wicket is known to produce a good bounce and carry, which should be useful for stroke players, as the ball will come on to the bat.

India vs New Zealand 1st T20: Weather report

The Auckland weather is expected to be pleasant on the match day, with no forecast of a rain. However, the windy conditions in Auckland could present a little bit of challenge to Indian batsmen, who do not have much time to get used to the conditions.

When and where to watch India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Live

Date: January 24, 2020 (Friday)
 
Time: 12:20 PM (IST)
 
Toss Timing: 11:50 pm IST
 
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
 
India vs New Zealand 1st T20 match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD with English commentary. The same broadcast with Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD. Fans could also watch the live streaming of India vs New Zealand match on Hotstar website and app.

India vs New Zealand 1st T20 predicted playing 11

India tentative playing 11: K L Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Washington Sundar/Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
 
New Zealand tentative playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Tim Seifert (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner

Here are the T20 squads of both the teams:

India squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Sanju Samson, K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur
 
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner.

Samson, Prithvi replace Dhawan in T20 and ODI squad

India suffered major injury blows just before the start of their New Zealand tour as opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the entire limited-overs leg while pacer Ishant Sharma is set to miss the Test series.
 
Dhawan had dislocated his left shoulder while fielding in the third ODI against Australia in Bengaluru. Ishant, on the other hand, was declared unfit for the Tests starting February 21 owing to a tear in his right ankle, he suffered during a Ranji Trophy game on Monday.
 
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson replaced Dhawan in the T20 Internationals while comeback-man Prithvi Shaw got his maiden selection call-up in the ODI squad in place of the senior opener. READ MORE...
India's Shikhar Dhawan after getting injured during the third and final ODI cricket match against Australia, at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI

India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Preview

Preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup on top of their agenda, India cricket team will take on an injury-hit New Zealand cricket team in a five-match T20 International (T20) series starting Friday during which seam-friendly wickets would be a major challenge for the visitors.
 
Unlike most overseas tours, this will be a quick start for the Indian team. In a tight season, the first T20 comes only five days after their last ODI against Australia at home.
 
The team arrived in Auckland on Tuesday and chose to rest on Wednesday. Thursday was when they hit the nets ahead of the tour-opening game.
 
On the plus side, this hectic schedule helps the team management maintain consistency in team selection as they continue experimenting across the available squad in a World Cup year. The T20 showpiece is scheduled to be held in Australia in October this year.
 
Despite injury issues to key white-ball personnel like Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar this past home season, the bench strength has come across adequate and raring to go for challenges ahead. READ FULL ARTCILE HERE

 


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