India had a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign as they were unable to qualify for the semi-finals. In the shorter format of the game, India played their first match against the runner-up of the World Cup New Zealand. India handed the Kiwis a defeat in the 1st T20I with 5 wickets and 2 balls to spare.
The new captain Rohit Sharma and the coach Rahul Dravid have stated their partnership perfectly. As the Men in Blue put up a great performance. The victory certainly came with come excellent performance with both bat and ball. At first, the bowlers restricted the visitors with excellent death bowling.
Rohit will certainly like to win the match and close the series. He would like to go with different players in the 3rd T20, if they get a positive result on Friday in Ranchi.
The top order of India against New Zealand
In the absence of batting maestro Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Jadav made the best use of the chance. He played a vital knock of 62 off 42 balls. India towards end of the chase looked rusty. However, the run chase was comfortably getable. Iyer faced difficulty to middle the ball because he played after a long time. He tried very hard to hit some big shots and even failed to properly rotate the strike.
Iyer lost his wicket in the 19th over scoring just 5 of 8 balls. However, India was not in a position and eventually crossed the line with 2 balls remaining. But what entertained the crowd the most was the stroke-play of Suryakumar Jadav.
Bhuvneshwar back in form
In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin were the picks of the bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was given a chance by the new management after he had a forgetful World Cup.
The seamer had a dip of form as he had an average outing in the IPL. But on Wednesday he looked sharp and hit the perfect areas for extracting swing. Ashwin had a figure of 2 for 22 and Bhuvneshwar had a figure of 2 for 23 in the match respectively.
India had excellent death overs as they restricted the visitors to 164 for 6. Giving away just 41 runs in the last five overs.
“At one stage, it was looking like 180-plus, so a great effort from a complete bowling performance. A good game for us, especially when we’re missing a few players, so it was an opportunity for the other guys to show their ability,”
Nowadays, the importance of toss has become a major factor. In the batting department for the Kiwis, Mark Chapman scored 68 off 50 balls after he was back into the field. New Zealand will for sure try to win the 2nd match by improving both their batting and bowling and would want to level the series with India.
Predicted playing XI of India
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel/Avesh Khan
Predicted playing XI of New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Siefert (WK), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (C), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
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