India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Date & Time: 24 January 2020
RR: 10.73 | India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets
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.
Hamish Bennett is back for another burst.
Tim Southee is back on! 2-0-20-0 from him. The hosts would need him to deliver in his final 2 overs.
Shout for a stumping! It has been referred upstairs. Not much excitement shown by Tim Seifert though.
Hamish Bennett is back on! 2-0-18-0 from him so far.
Manish Pandey joins Shreyas Iyer out in the middle!
This can be a very key over for New Zealand as the left-hander can tonk a few out of the park.
Ish Sodhi is back on. 2-0-20-1 are his figures so far.
Shivam Dube walks in next.
Blair Tickner is back on. 2-0-26-0 are his numbers.
Shreyas Iyer is the next man in. Also, Mitchell Santner returns into the attack. 2-0-31-1 are his numbers so far.
Ish Sodhi returns. 1-0-12-0 from him so far.
Blair Tickner returns! 1-0-10-0 are his numbers so far.
Mitchell Santner is back on. 1-0-17-1 from him so far.
Ish Sodhi comes to bowl now.
Hamish Bennett is back into the attack. 1-0-10-0 from him so far.
Tim Southee returns. 1-0-4-0 from him so far.
Bowling change! Blair Tickner comes into the attack.
Debutant Hamish Bennett is into the attack.
Virat Kohli arrives in the middle at number 3.
Mitchell Santner to operate from the other end.
Time for the run chase! The two Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma walk out to the middle. The Kiwi players are already out in the middle. Tim Southee with the ball first up.