Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) starred with the bat as India chased down 165 to defeat New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Chasing 165 for victory, India got off to a flying start as Rohit and KL Rahul added 50 runs for the opening wicket in just five overs. But, Mitchell Santner soon dismissed Rahul on 15. Suryakumar then joined Rohit in the middle, and the duo took the hosts` close to the target.
The Black Caps got the much-needed breakthrough in the 14th over when Trent Boult removed India skipper Rohit just two runs short of his half-century. However, Suryakumar continued to smash the bowlers across the ground and completed his fifty off just 34 balls.
The Men in Blue were in a commanding position, but the quick wickets of Suryakumar (62) and Shreyas Iyer (5) saw the hosts needing ten runs off the final over. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell was handed over the ball by NZ skipper Tim Southee, but it was Rishabh Pant (17*) who managed to take India over the finish line.
Earlier, Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman played crucial knocks of 70 and 63 respectively as New Zealand posted 164/6 on a good batting surface.
- New Zealand: 164/6 (Martin Guptill 70, Mark Chapman 63; Ravichandran Ashwin 2-23)
- India: 166/5 (Suryakumar Yadav 62, Rohit Sharma 48; Trent Boult 2-31)
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 17, 2021
What a finish 💥
— ICC (@ICC) November 17, 2021
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) November 17, 2021
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) November 17, 2021
A thrilling game of cricket saw #TeamIndia end up on the right side of the result 🤩
Surya registered his highest T20I score, while Rohit played some glorious shots and Pant held his nerve under pressure to finish things off 🔥
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) November 17, 2021
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) November 17, 2021
Tight finish, but good win for India after poor performance in T20WC. Kiwis paid price for poor finish. With 8-10 runs more to defend may have been a different result. Credit though for keeping their nerve and taking match so deep. Dravid and Rohit will heave sigh of relief
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 17, 2021
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 17, 2021
4 – 0 – 23 – 2
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 17, 2021
India vs New Zealand in T20Is:
In World Cups:
India won 0
NZ won 3
Outside World Cups:
India won 9
NZ won 6 #INDvNZ
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 17, 2021
To neW beginnings 🥳💥
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) November 17, 2021