After a brilliant batting performance, Indian bowlers lived up to the billing and restricted New Zealand to 149/8 to present Ashish Nehra a worthy farewell at his home ground in New Delhi. Batting first, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma’s brilliant 158-run partnership led India to 202/3 in 20 overs.
Brief scores: India 202/3 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 80, Shikhar Dhawan 80; Ish Sodhi 2/25, Trent Boult 1/49) beat New Zealand 149/8 (Tom Latham 39, Kane Williamson 28; Axar Patel 20/2, Yuzvendra Chahal 26/2) by 53 runs.
Winning the toss, Kane Williamson asked India to make the first use of the strip keeping the growing dew factor in the northern India in mind. While Ashish Nehra made his place in the playing XI for his last international game, Shreyas Iyer also made his international debut today.
Assured start gives India the perfect base for a big target
Mitchell Santner gave the visitors a good start with the ball as he kept pitching the ball in the good length spot and conceded only two runs in his first over. But the Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan decided to unleash their free-flowing self and started sending the ball out of the boundary, whenever there was any width on offer. That helped India get going and in the next three overs, the duo hit four boundaries and one maximum to take the score to 30/0 after four overs. Although the Indian duo didn’t seem to be troubled by the pacers, Santner, on the other hand, kept putting the ball in right areas which restricted India score runs freely. In the last delivery of the powerplay, Sharma stuck a boundary over mid-off to take India to 46/0 after six overs. Dhawan got his second life in the game when Tim Southee dropped his catch at long-off and he made the visitors pay for their mistakes hitting a boundary in the very next ball of Colin de Grandhomme. The Delhite used the sweep shots to great effect to handle the Kiwi bowlers while Sharma seemed struggling to rotate the strike more often. However, they targeted Grandhomme in the ninth over scoring 18 runs which helped India reach 80/0 at the halfway point of the innings.
Dhawan-Sharma record partnership guides India to a big total
After the good start, it was imperative for the Indian openers to build on that and they did exactly that as Dhawan completed his half-century in the 12th over and helped the team cross the 100-run mark. The Indian duo
Indian bowlers keep New Zealand in check
After Nehra’s economic opening over, in which he conceded only five runs, Yuzvendra Chahal gave India the first breakthrough in the form of Martin Guptill, thanks to Pandya’s brilliant catch near the straight boundary. Soon, Kohli handed the ball to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in search of another wicket and the latter also didn’t disappoint his skipper as he sent Colin Munro back to the dressing room with a superb yorker and gave only three runs in his over. Kumar kept bowling the mixture of short and yorker length balls and in the next two overs, the visitors could only manage to score 15 runs which helped them reach 33/2 at the end of the powerplay. Meanwhile, Pandya continued to impress by dismissing Williamson in his first delivery. With Latham and Tom Bruce on the
Perfect swansong for Ashish Nehra
After the halfway mark of the innings, Kohli resorted to his spinners - Axar and Chahal - for the next set of
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