NZ vs Ind: Iyer’s candid knock helps India take 1-0 lead in the series
The first T20I between New Zealand and India had its best moments throughout the game at Eden Park in Auckland. The high-scoring encounter lived up to the expectations and in the end, it went in favour of the visitors who took the first lead in the five-match series.
New Zealand posted a colossal target of 204 on the back of crunch fifties from the likes of Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. In reply, India have successfully chased down the target of 204 with an over to spare. In what was a comfortable run-chase, the platform was set by KL Rahul (56 off 27) and Virat Kohli (45 off 32) after the early departure of Rohit Sharma.
The duo constructed 99 runs for the second wicket but both they couldn’t go further as they both got out in quick succession. Shreyas Iyer came through with flying colours as he never let the New Zealand bowlers to bowl to their plans. New Zealand bowlers hardly showed teeth in their bowling line-up as they were smashed all parts of the ground.
Shreyas Iyer was the best batsman throughout the game as he scored a quick-fire 58 off 29 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. He was named the man of the match for his candid knock.
“We had lost quick wickets, so we had to build partnerships. We always knew we can score runs because this is a small ground. Looking forward to similar support in the remaining games as well,” Shreyas Iyer said after the match.
The second game is scheduled to be played on January 26 (Sunday) at Eden Park, Auckland.