The first match of the 5 match T20 series was played between India and New Zealand team at Eden Park in Auckland. This match was high scoring, in which the Indian team won. India defeated hosts New Zealand by 6 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The next match of the series will be played on this ground on Sunday 26 January.
In this match, Indian team captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first. In this way, the host team New Zealand batted first and scored 203 runs at the loss of 5 wickets in the prescribed 20 overs. In this way, the target of 204 runs was achieved by the Indian team by losing 4 wickets in 19 overs. For India, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer hit a stormy half-century and led the team to victory.
Kiwi team opener Colin Munro scored 59 runs, captain Kane Williamson hit a stormy 51, while Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 54 runs. Jasprit Bumrah, Shivam Dubey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur took 1-1 wickets for India. At the same time, Shreyas Iyer 58 and Manish Pandey were unbeaten on 14 from India. KL Rahul played a 56-run stormy innings.
Chasing a target of 204 runs, India got the first blow as Rohit Sharma, who scored 7 runs in 6 balls, was caught by Mitchell Taylor at the hands of Ross Taylor. This was followed by a 99-run partnership between Virat and Rahul. However, KL Rahul became the victim of Ish Sodhi after playing an innings of 56 runs in 27 balls. Saudi caught by Rahul.
India's third wicket fell as captain Virat Kohli. Kohli scored 45 runs, caught by Martin Guptill off Tickner. India received a fourth setback as Shivam Dubey. Dubey scored 13 runs and was caught out by Saudi at Ish Sodhi's ball.
New Zealand innings, Munroe and Williamson's fifty
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro started the innings for New Zealand after losing the toss and batting first. Both added 68 runs in 6 overs of the powerplay without losing wickets to the team's account. At the same time, 30 runs were caught by Rohit Sharma at the ball of Martin Guptill Shivam Dubey on a personal score. This is how the Kiwi team got its first setback.
Colin Munro completed his half-century in 36 balls, but he was caught by Chahal on the ball of Shardul Thakur, after playing the innings of 59 runs off 42nd balls. In the very next over, Coleen Digrandholm was caught by Shivam off the ball of Ravindra Jadeja without opening the account. After this, Kane Williamson hit the first half-century of T20 International cricket against India in 25 balls, but he was dismissed on the next ball of Chahal.
The fifth blow to the hosts was in the form of Tim Siefert, who was caught by Iyer by 1 run off Jasprit Bumrah. At the same time, Ross Taylor 54 and Mitchell Santner 2 not out and returned unbeaten. Mohammed Shami proved to be the most expensive for India, spending 53 runs in 4 overs.
India's playing eleven
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dubey, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami and Jaspreet Bumrah
New Zealand's playing eleven
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain) Ross Taylor, Tim Siefert (wicketkeeper), Colin Digrandholm, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett and Blair Tickner