The much-debated number 4 debate can now be put to a little bit of ease after Shreyas Iyer put up a match-winning performance of 58* from just 29 balls. India have won the first T20I comprehensively against New Zealand at the Eden Park, Auckland. The Kiwis put up a competitive total of 203 on the board and India chased the target with ease and balance in their batting line up.
This is how the 1st T20 between India vs New Zealand look like:
1. Captain Kohli finally wins the toss
After losing the toss multiple times in the India vs Australia series, Captain Virat finally won the toss and as expected, decided to bowl first on the short boundary ground of Eden Park. The game was set to be a thriller, as New Zealand was prepared to put a huge total on the board and India was prepared with a batting line-up loaded with the best chasers in town.
2. Brisk Start from Munro & Guptill
Guptill began proceedings with a boundary in the first Jasprit Bumrah over and Munro, on the other hand looked very comfortable as he always is against India. The Blackcaps made 52 in their first five overs without losing any wicket until Shivam Dube dismissed Guptill, thanks to some exceptional work in the deep by Rohit Sharma. Munro went on to score his half century before he too, lost his wicket to Shardul Thakur.
3. Kane & Taylor take up the Senior’s role
After 3 wickets at the top, Kane Williamson & Ross Taylor put up their respective half centuries to put the Kiwis on top. Williamson was hitting successive sixes over mid-wicket and Taylor took Shami on the charge and was hitting his trademark leg-side shots to perfection. Williamson was sent back in the hut at the score of 51 & Taylor went on till the end with a score of 54 off just 27 deliveries. New Zeas put up a target of 204 for India to chase.
4. After Sharma’s departure Kohli-KL blow the Kiwis away
Rohit Sharma, like every start of the series failed with the bat scoring just 7 off 6 balls. Captain Kohli came in and started taking the New Zealanders on the charge along with KL Rahul who continued his breathtaking form. Both went unstoppable, so much so, that they had to be put to stop after a bizzare run-out chance that the Kiwis failed to capitalize on. Kohli’s catch was dropped by Sodhi as the Indian Captain went on hitting boundaries on all sides of the ground. Rahul departed at 56 when he chipped one in the air and Kohli got dismissed by Santner. This could have been anyone’s game now.
5. Shreyas Iyer closes proceedings in Style
You know how you travel overseas for the first time and shut down all the critics in style at once? Well, that was Shreyas Iyer for you in the India vs New Zealand first T20I as he scored an unbeated 59* at an unbelievable strike rate of 200. Him and Manish Pandey put up a 62-run-partnership off only 34 balls to see India through in the match as they won the match with an over to spare. BalleBaazi players playing fantasy cricket on one of the best fantasy sports app must have earned lots of real cash if Shreyas Iyer was their Captain in today’s game.
Bumrah became the game-changer of the match after going for only 4 runs in the 18th over and Iyer was coined man of the match! The major hook of the match was how Shivam Dube & Yuzvendra Chahal came back in the side and made their presence felt in the team by taking up wickets and putting a halt on the Kiwi run-machinery. Yet again, India dominated the opposition under conditions that are most likeable to Australia where the upcoming T20 World Cup is scheduled in September. So how much real cash online did you win on BalleBaazi today?
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