1st T20I: India beats New Zealand by five wickets
New Delhi : India started the T20 series against New Zealand with a five-wicket win, credit to Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav’s virtuous batting performance.
Martin Guptill (70 off 42) and Mark Chapman (63 off 50) took New Zealand to 164 for six on a good batting surface. India's chase was set up by Rohit (48 off 36), who made his full-time captaincy debut, and Suryakumar Yadav (62 off 40) who came in at number three in place of rested Virat Kohli.
The game was important for Indian side as it was the first match under Rohit Sharma’s full-time captaincy and new coach Rahul Dravid. With both teams resting some of their key players as part of workload management, it was very much an even contest before the first ball was bowled.
India started well and made first fifty runs in just five overs with the help of Rohit Sharma’s beautiful shots. Suryakumar Yadav played a delightful cricket to make the journey to victory a comfortable ride.
At one point, it was looking like Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav will end the game. But that did not happen as the hosts lost some grip in the last overs but that did not stop them from winning the game.
Earlier, Guptill and Chapman ensured New Zealand were well placed for a 180 plus total on a batting beauty but Ravichandran Ashwin's double strike in one over put the brakes on the scoring rate. But with a disciplined bowling, India managed to stop New Zealand for 164 runs.