203/5 (20.0 ov)NZ
IND 204/4 (19.0 ov)
CRR: 10.73 | India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

IND beat NZ by 6 wickets | New Zealand vs India, Highlights And Cricket Score 1st T20I Match

India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020

Date: Jan 24, 2020 Start Time: 12:20 IST | 06:50 GMT | 19:50 Local
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

New Zealand vs India Highlights And Cricket Score 1st Match - T20I Summary

End of Over : 19.0 IND: 204/4

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 didn't want 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 going. 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 credits India for playing really well. Shares that the wicket 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.

18.6 6

Tim Southee to Shreyas 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.

18.5 0

Tim Southee to Shreyas 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.

18.4 1

Tim Southee to Manish 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!

18.3 1

Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer. On the pads and it's turned behind square leg for a run.

18.2 4

Tim Southee to Shreyas 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.

18.1 6

Tim Southee to Shreyas 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.

End of Over : 18 11 Runs 19.0: 186/4
17.6 1

Hamish Bennett to Shreyas 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.

17.5 1

Hamish Bennett to Manish 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.

17.4 1

Hamish Bennett to Shreyas Iyer. Fuller in length around off, eased down to long on for a run.

17.3 0

Hamish Bennett to Shreyas 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.

17.2 4

Hamish Bennett to Shreyas 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!

17.1 4

Hamish Bennett to Shreyas 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.


India will be hoping to carry their overwhelming home form on the road when they face New Zealand in the 1st T20I encounter in Auckland on January 24, 2020 (Friday). India will be playing their first-ever bilateral five-match T20I series and will be hoping to overcome New Zealand in their own turf. India are yet to win a T20I series in New Zealand and Virat Kohli could become the first Indian captain to achieve the feat if his men are successful in trumping New Zealand.


India will be without regular opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, who has been ruled out of the entire New Zealand tour due to a shoulder problem and has been replaced by Sanju Samson. India's only T20I win in New Zealand came in Auckland last year and the visitors can use that win to inspire themselves. New Zealand, on the other, are without Trent Boult and Tom Latham both of whom are out with injuries.


India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur.


New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Hamish Bennett, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (WK), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, Tom Bruce (matches 4-5) Colin de Grandhomme.

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