INDvNZ T20I: India win by 5 wickets under Rohit and Rahul

India win the first T20 International in Jaipur against New Zealand by 5 wickets after putting some excellent shots on display for the fans.

Jaipur: India win the first T20 International in Jaipur against New Zealand by 5 wickets after putting some excellent shots on display for the fans.

India chased a total of 165 runs in 19.8 overs when Pant finished the game in style, hitting a four at the crucial time.

Rahul Dravid, who looked calm after the victory just like his playing days, has registered his first win when his team played against the old rivals knocking them out in a high target chase.

Suryakumar Yadav hit half-century after coming at one down.

The spectacular part of the game was the action of the captain on the captain, Rohit smashing boundaries on Southee’s balls.

Indian skipper then Rohit Sharma returned for 48 runs in the first T20 of the T20I series against New Zealand.

Skipper Rohit said, “Towards the end we saw it wasn’t easy, was a great learning for the guys because those guys haven’t batted in that situation before for India. It was great learning for them to understand what needs to be done, it’s not about power hitting all the time and you try and put the ball to the left or right of the fielder and try and take singles or find boundaries. As a team we are happy that those guys got to bat in that situation and finished the game off. Technically was a good game, missing a few players and to come and see what the new players have in terms of ability and I think the way we pulled it back in the last 3-4 overs was magnificent”.

Hitman had hit 7 boundaries of five fours and two maximums.

Poor delivery of the highest class that got Kiwis the biggest wicket as Rohit Sharma scoops the pull to the only fielder behind square (short fine) on the leg-side.

Mitchell Santer Brough joy for Blackcaps, breaking the dangerous partnership by departing KL Rahul for a low score.

New Zealand skipper Tim Southee said that everybody wants to win and thus, everyone gives their best. He said, “It was a game of fine margins. It was a good score, we wanted to start well with the ball but we did well to claw back in the middle and obviously Mitch Santner was outstanding with the ball and to take it deep and take it to the last over I guess that was a positive as well. It’s always tough with different grounds and stuff like that but we set high expectations ourselves, a little bit off in the field and it’s an area we pride ourselves on and that we have been very good at in the last few months”.

first published:Nov. 17, 2021, 11:04 p.m.

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