Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid era begins in style as India beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in Jaipur
India rode on outstanding performances from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav to beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in the first T20 international in Jaipur to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Wednesday.
India (166/5 in 19.4 ov) beat New Zealand (164/6) by 5 wickets in the 1st T20I
Suryakumar Yadav (62) and Rohit Sharma (48) starred with the bat for India
Ravichandran Ashwin (2 for 23) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2 for 24) stood out with the ball
Jaipur: India began a new era under new captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid with a thrilling 5-wicket win over New Zealand in the first T20 international to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Chasing 165 for victory, India reached the target in 19.4 overs thanks to outstanding knocks from Rohit (48) and Suryakumar Yadav (62) on a good batting wicket at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
Rohit and KL Rahul got India off to a good start, scoring 50 runs in just 5 overs to lay a solid platform for their chase before Suryakumar joined forces with his skipper to add another 59 runs for the second wicket.
Surya went on to hit his third T20I fifty but got out at a time when India were cruising at 144 for 3 in the 17th over. His dismissal gave New Zealand a glimmer of hope and they managed to bring the equation between runs required and balls left to within touching distance.
Things got too close for comfort in the final three overs with 21 runs needed off 18 balls. Shreyas Iyer and Venkatesh Iyer found it tough to start hitting from the word go and got out for 5 and 4, respectively.
But Pant remained calm and managed to get the team over the line with his 17 not out off as many deliveries. His final boundary took the team over the line with 2 balls to spare.
Rohit got out against the run of play to his Mumbai Indians teammate Trent Boult for 48 before he returned for another spell to dismissal Surya for 62 (40 balls).
Earlier, Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman’s entertaining half-centuries took New Zealand to 164 for six against India in the opening T20 International here on Wednesday.
Guptill (70 off 42) and Chapman (63 off 50) 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.
Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers for India, taking two for 23 in four overs while senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/24 in four overs) too got his swing back