Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul played knocks of 103 and 88 not out, respectively, to help India post 347/4 against New Zealand in the ongoing first ODI.
Rahul, who came out to bat at number five, provided the much-needed impetus to the Indian innings. He, along with Iyer, put on a stand of 136 runs for the fourth wicket. Iyer was finally sent back to the pavilion by Tim Southee in the 46th over, reducing India to 292/4. In the final overs, Rahul and Kedar Jadhav (26 not out) hammered the Kiwi players to take India’s score past the 340-run mark.
Rahul’s scintillating knock included six enthralling sixes – one of which he hit towards the third man by hitting a bizarre reverse sweep. In the 48th over bowled by James Neesham, the Karnataka batsman attempted to go for the maximum by resorting to a reverse flick. The ball easily cruised over the boundary rope, leaving the commentators and fans awestruck by Rahul’s innovation and timing.
— Divyanshu (@MSDivyanshu) February 5, 2020
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 5, 2020
Opens the innings ✅
Keeps wickets ✅
Stands in as captain ✅
Now finishes big for his team ✅
KL Rahul is Team India’s very own Swiss knife! #NZvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 5, 2020
That reverse-flick by KL Rahul was OUTRAGEOUS #NZvIND
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) February 5, 2020