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Iyer’s Match-Winning Knock Guides India To 1-0 Lead

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, New Zealand got off to a great start as both their opening batters, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill came out with a pretty aggressive mindset. Both the openers took great advantage of the shorter boundaries and provided their team a solid foundation at the top. The opening duo stitched an impressive partnership of 80 runs for the first wicket before Guptill was dismissed for a 19-ball 30.

Munro played a fine innings of 59 runs off 42 balls that included 6 fours and 2 sixes before getting dismissed by Shardul Thakur. New Zealand’s two most experienced players, captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor batted amazingly well in the middle-order. Williamson smashed 51 runs off just 26 balls while Taylor racked up a brilliant unbeaten knock of 54 runs off only 27 balls as New Zealand finished with a strong total of 203 for 5 in 20 overs. For India, Bumrah and Chahal bowled decently well and picked a wicket each.

While chasing a huge total of 204 runs in 20 overs, India got off to a poor start losing the key wicket of Rohit Sharma quite early with just 16 runs on the board. The duo comprising of KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli then got together to steady the Indian innings and scored runs at an explosive rate. Rahul and Kohli added an explosive and brilliant partnership of 99 runs.

Rahul played an impactful innings of 56 runs off just 27 balls that included 4 fours and 3 sixes. Both the set batters, Rahul and Kohli got out one after the other leaving their team in trouble. Kohli scored 45 runs off 32 balls before Martin Guptill took an amazing catch. Shreyas Iyer then played a remarkable and quick-fire unbeaten knock of 58 runs off just 29 balls to help India win the game with an over to spare.  

Brief Scores

New Zealand: 203/5 in 20 overs (Colin Munro-59, Ross Taylor-51*, Kane Williamson-51; Jasprit Bumrah 1/31, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/32)

India: 204/4 in 19 overs (Shreyas Iyer-58*, KL Rahul-56, Virat Kohli-41; Ish Sodhi 2/36)

Result: India won the match by 6 wickets.