India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020

New Zealand vs India - 1st T20I

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Date & Time: 24 January 2020

India 204/4

RR: 10.73 | India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma c Ross Taylor & b Mitchell Santner c Ross Taylor & b Mitchell Santner 7601
KL Rahul c Tim Southee & b Ish Sodhi c Tim Southee & b Ish Sodhi 562743
Virat Kohli c Martin Guptill & b Blair Tickner c Martin Guptill & b Blair Tickner 453231
Shreyas Iyer not out not out 582953
Shivam Dube c Tim Southee & b Ish Sodhi c Tim Southee & b Ish Sodhi 13911
Manish Pandey not out not out 141201
Ravindra Jadeja
Shardul Thakur
Jasprit Bumrah
Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammed Shami
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 0, w 10, nb 1)
Total 204 (4 Wkts, 19.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
16-1 (Rohit Sharma,1.4), 115-2 (KL Rahul,10), 121-3 (Virat Kohli,11.1), 142-4 (Shivam Dube,13.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee4 0 48 0 12.00
Mitchell Santner4 0 50 1 12.50
Hamish Bennett4 0 36 0 9.00
Blair Tickner3 0 34 1 11.33
Ish Sodhi4 0 36 2 9.00

That's all we have from this high-scoring but one-sided affair. The venue for the second T20I will remain the same. Do join us on Sunday at 1950 local (0650 GMT) for all the action. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that they enjoyed the contest. Tells that they landed just two days ago and played a game like this which is fantastic. Mentions that they needed the crowd support while chasing 200-plus and they were right behind them. States that they never spoke about the jet lag in the team and he never wanted to take that as an excuse. Further says that they were focused on what needs to be done on the field. Tells that they are playing well as a side and just wants to keep doing that. Feels that they bowled well in the middle overs and then in the latter half and adds that it appeared a 230-wicket at one stage but they pulled things back nicely. Reckons that they have to improve their fielding and get used to the dimensions of the ground.

New Zealand's skipper, Kane Williamson says that there are a lot of positives and admits that it was hard to defend on this ground. Mentions about the dew as well but feels India are a class team. States that they needed to pick early wickets which didn't happen and again he credits India for playing really well. Shares that the pitch was very good for batting and later on dew also made it easy. Feels that they didn't put India under enough pressure. On his own batting, Kane replies that it's nice to build some partnerships and the boys played their roles really well.

Shreyas Iyer is given the Man of the Match award! Says that it was really amazing to come overseas and win the game and stay not out. Adds that they lost two wickets in succession and concentrated on partnerships. Mentions that they knew the ground is really small and they can make up later on. He enjoyed the crowd support today and is hoping for the same in the remaining games as well.

It was not a day for the bowlers. They failed to exert any pressure and leaked runs at a brisk rate. There was never a moment when India felt the scoreboard pressure. Mitchell Santner was a major disappointment as he went for aplenty but his partner, Ish Sodhi, fared decently to pick two wickets. Earlier in the evening, it was a power-packed batting show by the Black Caps but eventually, they failed to get enough runs to bother the starry Indian batting line-up. Stay tuned for the presentation...

In pursuit, India lost Rohit Sharma cheaply but that didn't deter their confidence. Virat Kohli combined forces with KL Rahul and together they put on a quickfire 99-run stand, off just 51 balls. There was a phase when the visitors lost Rahul and Kohli in a quick succession which gave a sniff to the Black Caps. However, Shreyas Iyer settled down in his role of a finisher and along with Manish Pandey steered India home. Iyer was simply amazing under pressure as he went about his business in a controlled manner and notched up a delightful half century.

A thumping win for India! Just the battleground changed, not the result. They were dominating at home and have just carried that scintillating form abroad. It's a big chase but they scaled it down with one over to spare. That just tells the ease with which they prospered in the run chase.

Tim Southee to S Iyer, SIX! Smoked! Shreyas Iyer, you beauty! INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Southee dishes out a slower full ball around off, Iyer gets across the stumps a bit and clobbers it over mid-wicket for a maximum. The crowd roars. The Indian spectators have outnumbered the Kiwi supporters.
Tim Southee to S Iyer, Play and a miss! Southee delivers it on a length outside off, getting it to shape away, Shreyas throws his bat at it but fails to make any connection.
Tim Southee to M Pandey, Short in length on off, Pandey plays a controlled pull shot and sends it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 6 needed more!
Tim Southee to S Iyer, On the pads and it's turned behind square leg for a run.
Tim Southee to S Iyer, FOUR! Shreyas reaches his fifty, off just 26 balls. His second in this format. Just like Rahul, he also continues with his good form. Fuller length ball around off, angling in, Iyer shuffles across and flicks it over square leg for a boundary.
Tim Southee to S Iyer, SIX! Clears the short boundary line with ease! Back of a length ball around middle and off, Shreyas camps back and rifles it over long off for a maximum.
H Bennett to S Iyer, Chases a wide delivery and gets only a run. Could have left it alone. Hamish slips a length ball down the leg side, Shreyas tries to flick and gets some bat on it. Seifert dives across to his left and parries it towards short fine leg. A single is taken. Good comeback from the bowler after conceding two fours at the start.
H Bennett to M Pandey, Shot! But for just a run. Back of a length ball on middle, Pandey clears his front leg and heaves it to deep square leg for a single.
H Bennett to S Iyer, Fuller in length around off, eased down to long on for a run.
H Bennett to S Iyer, Almost edges it behind! Shreyas Iyer makes movement inside the crease to confuse the bowler but Bennett does well to stick to his guns. He delivers it short and in the line of the stumps, Shreyas flays at it and misses.
H Bennett to S Iyer, FOUR! Shreyas is finding the gaps superbly! Bennett once again is on the fuller side around off, Iyer moves across the stumps again and whips it to wide long on. 21 needed off 16 balls!
H Bennett to S Iyer, FOUR! Bennett begins the over from 'round the wicket and serves a full toss on middle, Shreyas shuffles across the stumps and flicks it sweetly to long leg for a boundary.

Hamish Bennett is back for another burst.

Tim Southee to S Iyer, Brilliant effort from Tickner. Short ball around off, Iyer flays it towards point but Tickner there makes a diving stop to his right. Only a single. 29 needed off the final 18 balls.
Tim Southee to M Pandey, Yorker on on middle, drilled to long on for a single.
Tim Southee to M Pandey, Slightly short ball on middle, Pandey looks to pull but mistimes it towards long on for a single.
Tim Southee to S Iyer, A length ball on middle, Iyer works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
Tim Southee to S Iyer, SIX! Slammed! A short ball down the leg side from Southee, Iyer goes on the back foot and tonks it over deep square leg for a biggie! Bowler under pressure now.
Tim Southee to M Pandey, Quick single! A full ball around off, Manish hammers it towards mid off and takes off for the run. The fielder there picks the ball and releases the throw at the non-striker's end but misses. Wouldn't have mattered though.

Tim Southee is back on! 2-0-20-0 from him. The hosts would need him to deliver in his final 2 overs.

Ish Sodhi to M Pandey, Knocks a full ball down to long on for a run. 14 from the over, spoiling Sodhi's spell somewhat. He ends with 4-0-36-2!
Ish Sodhi to M Pandey, SIX! Wow, this one has gone the distance. Pandey shows his full range there. A long hop on middle, Manish swings his bat and dismisses it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, A long hop on middle, pulled to deep square leg for a single.
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, FOUR! Connects and connects well! Sodhi drags his length short again and delivers it wide outside off. Shreyas doesn't miss out this time and whacks it through backward point.
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, NOT OUT! Once again the batsman is safely inside the crease. Sodhi serves it short and wide outside off, Iyer strides forward to slap it through the line but misses. The keeper collects the ball and takes the bails off in a flash. He appeals and following that the third umpire is referred. The replays shows that Shreyas did drag his back foot outside the crease but had it back in time.

Shout for a stumping! It has been referred upstairs. Not much excitement shown by Tim Seifert though.

Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Tossed up ball around middle, Shreyas forces it towards wide long on and collects a couple. These two batsmen are lightning quick between the wickets!
H Bennett to S Iyer, Another short ball and another pull shot. A single added to the total as the ball travels to deep mid-wicket. 53 needed off the last 5 overs!
H Bennett to M Pandey, A half tracker on middle, it's been pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
H Bennett to S Iyer, The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.
H Bennett to S Iyer, Turns a length delivery towards wide mid on and scampers back for the second run. Excellent running!
H Bennett to M Pandey, Run out appeal has been referred upstairs! Short in length outside off, Pandey plays it down with an angled bat to point and Munro has an unnecessary shy at the bowler's end and finds the timber. It deflects and now they cross. The Kiwis appeal for a run out which has been referred as well but the replays find Shreyas fine.
H Bennett to S Iyer, Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Iyer moves back and guides it down to third man for a run.

Hamish Bennett is back on! 2-0-18-0 from him so far.

Ish Sodhi to M Pandey, Shortish and on off, slapped back to the bowler. Sodhi did well to stop it in his followthrough. Just 2 runs and a wicket from the over, superb one by Ish!
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Sodhi drags his length short and delivers it outside off, Shreyas cuts it through point and picks a run.
Ish Sodhi to M Pandey, Full and outside off, it's forced to long off for one.
Ish Sodhi to M Pandey, Flatter delivery on off, defended off the back foot.

Manish Pandey joins Shreyas Iyer out in the middle!

Ish Sodhi to S Dube, OUT! Shivam holes out and it's yet another roadblock for India! Sodhi dishes out a well-disguised googly and lands it full around middle, Dube aims to clear wide long on with a big flourish of his bat but fails to get enough meat behind his shot. Tim Southee moves swiftly across to his left from long on and takes the catch with ease. 62 needed off 40 balls.

This can be a very key over for New Zealand as the left-hander can tonk a few out of the park.

Ish Sodhi to S Dube, SAFELY IN! Never left his crease. Flatter and shorter outside off, Dube tries to cut but misses. Seifert is quick to dislodge the bails and appeals. It's referred upstairs but the replays find Dube easily in. In fact both his legs were inside the crease. Waste of time.

Ish Sodhi is back on. 2-0-20-1 are his figures so far.

We have barely finished one series for India and the next one is already upon us. After a series of home games which saw India dominating South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia, they now embark on the tour of New Zealand, which comprises of 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs and two Tests. This might be an overseas tour but the Indians have established themselves as terrific white-ball players, or shall we say, champions, across the globe. They had visited Kiwiland this time last year and trounced the Black Caps in the ODIs. This time, they would look to do so in the T20Is as well and the Tests. Really, how do you beat this Indian side? Hard to say. They have got explosive opening batsmen, batters in the middle order who can bide their time and then hard hitters at the death. The bowling has got variety with seamers and spinners alike troubling the opposition batsmen. This Indian unit is looking settled to be picked for the upcoming T20 World Cup with perhaps a jostling of places to occur for the final 2-3 spots. There was a time when any of the top 3 batsmen missing out on a series/tour was considered to be big news. Not so these days. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out but will he really be missed? India have got enough options, as they showed against Australia. Now, to the Kiwis. They were beaten black and blue by the Aussies in their backyard and are seemingly looking down and out. No doubt, they are facing a tougher opposition but the solace is that the Black Caps are playing at home. So, one can definitely expect a better show than what we witnessed in Australia. T20Is is the only format where New Zealand have had the wood over India and Virat Kohli is desperate to change that. The last time around, The Men In Blue trounced the Kiwis in the ODIs but could not get across the line in the T20Is. Could 2020 be the new start for the Twenty20 domination?

New Zealand Team Squad -Colin Munro,Daryl Mitchell,Kane Williamson,Martin Guptill,Ross Taylor,Tom Bruce,Colin de Grandhomme,Mitchell Santner,Scott Kuggeleijn,Tim Seifert,Blair Tickner,Hamish Bennett,Ish Sodhi,Tim Southee

India Team Squad -KL Rahul,Manish Pandey,Rohit Sharma,Shreyas Iyer,Virat Kohli,Ravindra Jadeja,Shivam Dube,Washington Sundar,Rishabh Pant,Sanju Samson,Jasprit Bumrah,Kuldeep Yadav,Mohammed Shami,Navdeep Saini,Shardul Thakur,Yuzvendra Chahal