Hyderabad: India resumed their first abroad assignment against New Zealand in style as they beat the Kiwis by 6 wickets at Eden Park on Friday. Shreyas Iyer finished things off in style with a six in the final over and remained unbeaten on 58*.
The coin landed on Virat’s side as he chose to bowl first, keeping in mind the size of the ground and the chasing abilities. Kiwi openers Munro and Guptill were off to a flying start as they built a quick 80-run partnership. It then took a good, balanced catch from Rohit Sharma to dismiss Guptill and break the partnership.
Skipper Kane Williamson walked into bat and looked to take the team to a good total as Colin Munro brought up his fifty. Munro and Williamson kept the innings going for some time until Munro and de Grandhomme got out in quick succession. Williamson too brought up his fifty whereas Ross Taylor went all guns blazing. He scored 21 runs off Mohammed Shami in one over.
Williamson then got out to Chahal as Taylor and Santhner finished the New Zealand innings on 203/5. India had a target of 204, a target achievable keeping the ground’s size in mind.
Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma started attacking right away and in the process, Rohit Sharma hit one straight in the air and got out. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul took complete control of the game as Rahul scored a wonderful fifty. He soon mistimed one and was out on a well-made 56.
It was all on Virat and Shreyas as Virat Kohli was dismissed by an amazing catch from Martin Guptill. Youngsters Shivam Dube and Shreyas Iyer hit some big shots but couldn’t continue with Dube falling on 13. Shreyas Iyer carried his top form and made sure he was there till the end. He won the match and the Man of the Match with a match-winning 58*(29).
India has now taken a lead in the five-match T20I series by 1-0. The second T20 is set to take place in Eden Park on Sunday