Shreyas Iyer | Player of the Match:
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.
Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain:
There are a lot of positives. It is hard to defend here and there was a bit of dew here. To score over 200 on a used wicket was a good effort. Credit to India for the way they played. Taking pace off seemed to be working okay, but it was tough to execute because India put us under pressure constantly. It was nice to build some partnerships. Guys came in and did their roles.
Virat Kohli | India captain:
We enjoyed this. Landing two days before and playing a game like this, it was fantastic. The crowd was right behind us. We never spoke of the jetlag in the team. We just focused on what we needed to do to win. We were looking forward to doing well. We have done well in T20Is in the last one year. You can’t be harsh on anyone on this sort of a pitch. I thought 230 was on at one point, but we pulled it back nicely
Highest targets chased down by India (T20I)
208 v WI Hyderabad 2019
207 v SL Mohali 2009
204 v NZ Auckland 2020 *
202 v Aus Rajkot 2013
199 v Eng Bristol 2018
198 v Aus SCG 2016
OVERS 19: SIX! Iyer seals the win with a huge six over mid wicket. INDIA BEAT NEW ZEALAND BY 6 WICKETS.
OVERS 18.2: FOUR! Iyer uses the pace and sends the ball towards fine leg. FIFTY for Iyer.
OVERS 18.1: SIX! Iyer eases pressure, hits Southee for a six towards long off.
End of OVER 18: 11 runs off Bennett’s over. INDIA 186/4, need 18 in 12 balls.
OVERS 17.2: Shreyas Iyer hits Bennett for back-to-back boundaries. INDIA need 21 in 16 balls.
Bennett starts his fourth over.
End of OVER 17: 10 runs off Southee’s over.
OVERS 16.2: SIX! Iyer smashes Southee over deep backward square leg fence.
Most wickets vs India (T20I)
13 Ish Sodhi
11 Umar Gul
10 D Chameera/ S Watson/ M Santner
End of OVER 16: 14 runs off Sodhi’s over. INDIA need 39 balls in 24 balls.
OVERS 15.5: SIX! Stand and deliver. Iyer goes on backfoot and smashes Sodhi over mid wicket region.
OVERS 15.3: FOUR! What a timing from Iyer. He smashes this towards sweeper cover region. INDIA 157/4
Ish Sodhi starts his fourth and last over.
5 overs to go! INDIA need 53 runs in 30 balls to win.
End of OVER 15: 7 runs off Bennett’s over. INDIA 151/4
Hamish Bennett is back into the attack. This is his third over.
End of OVER 14: Just 2 runs off Sodhi’s over. INDIA 144/4
Manish Pandey comes to the crease.
OVERS 13.2: WICKET! Ish Sodhi takes his second wicket, removes Shivam Dube for 13. Dube’s departs after a short cameo. India in trouble now.
End of OVER 13: 13 runs off Santner’s over. INDIA 142/3
OVERS 12.5: SIX! A boundary and now a six. What a powerful shot from Dube.
Santner starts his fourth and last over.
End of OVER 12: 8 runs off Tickner’s over. INDIA 129/3, need 75 in 48 balls.
OVERS 11.3: FOUR! Shreyas Iyer sends Tickner between extra cover and long off.
Shivam Dube joins Iyer in the middle.
OVERS 11.1: WICKET! Tickner gets the big fish. Kohli departs for 45. what a cathc from Guptill. The New Zealander dives forward to grab a screamer. Big wicket for New Zeland.
Blair Tickner starts his third over.
10 overs gone! INDIA 115/2, need 83 in 54 balls.
Shreyas Iyer comes to the crease.
OVERS 9.6: WICKET! Ish Sodhi ends KL Rahul’s stay for 56. A magnificent innings comes to an end. Once again, KL has delivered. Well judged catch by Southee. INDIA 115/2
Ish Sodhi starts his second over.
End of OVER 9: 16 runs off Tickner’s over. INDIA 107/1
OVERS 8.4: SIX! KL Rahul takes the full advantage of the free hit and dispatches the ball with sheer power into long on stands. Stand and deliver from KL. FIFTY for KL Rahul. INDIA 105/1
OVERS 8.4: FRONT FOOT NO BALL from Tickner. Free hit coming up. KL Rahul is on the strike.
OVERS 8.2: CHANCE! Kohli hits this in the air. Sodhi is underneath it. He fails to judge and drops a sitter. How costly is this going to be?
Blair Tickner start his second over.
Last five T20I partnerships between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.
End of OVER 8: 14 runs off Santner’s over. INDIA 91/1
OVERS 7.5: SIX! KL Rahul goes on backfoot and smashes the ball over long off fence. Former India cricketer and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar, during commentary says, it looks like a TENNIS SHOT.
Mitchell Santner is back into the attack.
End of OVER 7: 12 runs off Ish Sodhi’s over. INDIA 77/1
OVERS 6.5: FOUR! Sheer power from Kohli. He stays back and slaps the ball towards mid wicket region. INDIA 76/1
50-run stand comes up between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.
Ish Sodhi comes into the attack
End of OVER 6: 8 runs off Bennett’s over. INDIA 65/1
OVERS 5.4: FOUR! Kohli plays this with full force towards deep mid wicket.
OVERS 5.2: Comedy of errors! Poor running between the wickets from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. NZ get two chances and miss out on both occasions.
Hamish Bennett starts his second over.
End of OVER 5: KL ends the over with a fine boundary. 16 off Southee’s over. INDIA 57/1
OVERS 4.5: SIX! What a shot! That’s KL’s special. He picks the length and launches Southee over deep backward square leg fence.
Southee starts his second over.
End of OVER 4: 10 runs off Tickner’s over. INDIA 41/1
OVERS 3.1: SIX! That’s Kohli’s masterclass. What a shot. The Indian skipper picks the length and dispatches Tickner over long off.
Blair Tickner comes into the attack.
End of OVER 3: 10 runs off Bennett’s over. INDIA 31/1
OVERS 2.2: FOUR! Virat Kohli lofts this over mid on for a boundary. Confident shot from the skipper.
Hamish Bennett comes into the attack.
End of OVER 2: 17 runs and Rohit’s wicket off Santner’s over. INDIA 21/1
STAT: Rohit’s wicket is Santner’s 50th T20I scalp
OVERS 1.4: WICKET! Big wicket for NZ. Mitchell Santner’s slow ball does the magic for Kiwis. Rohit tries to hit over the top but gets a top edge. Easy catch from Ross Taylor.
OVERS 1.3: SIX! Rohit Sharma picks the length and smashes Santner towards long on.
OVERS 1.1: FOUR! KL Rahul sends Santner between extra cover and long off. Beautiful shot from him. INDIA 8/0
Mitchell Santner comes into the attack
End of OVER 1: Brilliant start from Southee. 4 runs off Southee’s over. INDIA 4/0
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are in the middle. Tim Southee will open the attack for Kiwis.
New Zealand are playing five bowlers today.
Welcome back! India need 204 to win.
First 50+ score since March 2014 for Ross Taylor. His last half-century (62 off 37) had come against against South Africa in Chattogram.
Three 50+ scores for a team in a T20I (for matches involving full-Test nations)
India vs England, Durban 2007
SA vs England, Mumbai 2016
Australia vs SL, Adelaide 2019
India vs WI, Mumbai 2019
NZ vs India, Auckland 2020 *
OVERS 20: That’s the end of New Zealand innings. NEW ZEALAND 203/5 against INDIA
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OVERS 19.4: FIFTY! Ross Taylor brings up his half-century off 25 balls. Brilliant knock from the experinced batsman today.
Taylor plays this towards deep mid wicket and takes two runs. Bumrah is down in pain. He has twisted his ankle after releasing the ball. This is not looking good for India. Bumrah is just back with a back injury. Physio is out there. Good news is that Bumrah is fine and ready to bowl.
OVERS 19.1: 4 runs! Comeday of errors here. Taylor takes a single and then a over throw from Jadeja adds 3 more in NZ tally.
Last over coming up. Bumrah to bowl the last over of the innings.
End of OVER 19: 9 runs off Shami’s over. NZ 191/5.
OVERS 18.1: FOUR! Ross Taylor welcomes the pacer with a boundary through mid wicket. Excellent shot from him.
Shami starts his fourth over.
Mitchell Santner comes to the crease.
End of OVER 18: Just 4 runs and a wicket off Bumrah’s over. NZ 182/5
OVERS 17.5: WICKET! Bumrah dismisses Seifert for 1. Good catch from Shreyas Iyer at long off. NZ 181/5
Bumrah starts his third over.
Tim Seifert comes to the crease.
OVERS 16.6: WICKET! Chahal ends Williamson’s stay at 51. The skipper has done his job today. Chahal concedes 13 run sin the over. NZ 178/4
OVERS 16.5: FIFTY for Kane Williamson.
50 for the skipper, but he’s out the next ball. 178/4 now after 17, Seifert the new man in joining Ross Taylor on 3… https://t.co/cE8Nvvixpb
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OVERS 16.3: FOUR! Williamson reaches 47 with back-to-back fours off Chahal. Both Kane and Ross are key right now. NZ are aiming for 200 plus here. NZ 174/3
Chahal starts his fourth over.
End of OVER 16: 22 runs off Shami’s over. NZ 165/3
OVERS 15.5: SIX! Another one from Taylor. This time he goes over long on fence. Typical Taylor innings.
OVERS 15.4: SIX! Taylor is on fire. He picks the length and dispatches the ball over deep mid wicket
OVERS 15.3: FOUR! Taylor comes down the track and sends the ball towards deep mid wicket. Chahal fails to stop the ball.
OVERS 15.1: FOUR! Williamson welcomes the Indian pacer with a boundary towards fine leg.
Shami starts his third over.
End of OVER 15: SIX! That’s a typical Taylor hit. He picks the length and whacks the ball over deep mid wicket fence. 13 runs off Jadeja’s over. NZ 143/3
OVERS 14.5: FOUR! Clever shot from Taylor. The right-hander uses the pace and paddle sweeps for a boundary.
Jadeja starts his second over.
End of OVER 14: 9 runs off Dube’s over. NZ 130/3
OVERS 13.3: SIX! Williamson smokes this over deep mid wicket fence. Chahal takes a leap but fails to grab the ball. Powerful shot from Williamson. NZ 129/3
Shivam Dube starts his 3rd over.
End of OVER 13: 5 runs and a wicket off Jadeja’s over. NZ 121/3
Ross Taylor comes to the crease.
Two quick wickets and New Zealand are 117/3 after 12.2 overs. Live – https://t.co/5NdtfFJOd8 #NZvIND https://t.co/hhe8OGITni
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OVERS 12.2: WICKET! Jadeja does the magic for India. Grandhomme departs for a duck. Brilliant catch by Shivam Dube. NZ 117/3
Captain Kohli brings Ravindra Jadeja into the attack.
Shardul’s bowling figures so far: 3-0-44-1
End of OVER 12: 14 runs off Shardul’s over. NZ 116/2.
Colin de Grandhomme comes to the crease.
OVERS 11.5: WICKET! Shardul Thakur removes dangerous Colin Munro for 59 (42 balls). Magnificent batting from him today. Easy catch by Chahal. NZ 116/2
OVERS 11.3: SIX! Oh boy! Captain Williamson is on song. He smashes two back-to-back sixes. Superb shots from him.
Shardul is back into the attack. This is his second over.
End of OVERS 11: 11 runs off Chahal’s over. NZ 102/1
OVERS 10.5: FOUR! Munro shifting gears now. he picks the length and sends the ball towards fine leg. 100 up for NZ
OVERS 10.1: FOUR! Munro sends Chahal towards third man for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Munro off 36 balls. Brilliant show from the left-hander today. NZ 95/1
Chahal starts his third over.
End of OVER 10: SIX! What a way to end the over. Williamson comes down the track and smashes Dube over long off. Superb shot from him. NZ 91/1
OVERS 9.5: A loud LBW appeal from Dube against Williamson. Umpire says NO.
OVERS 9.4: Short ball from Dube. A loud caught behind appeal from KL. Kohli discusses with him and decides to not to take review. Good decision from the skipper.
Shivam Dube starts his second over.
End of OVER 9: Brilliant over from Chahal. Just 3 runs off it. NZ 84/1
Chahal starts his second over.
End of OVER 8: 8 runs and a wicket off Dube’s over. NZ 81/1
Kane Williamson comes to the crease.
OVERS 7.5: WICKET! Shivam Dube gets breakthrough, ends Martin Guptill’s stay at 30. Brilliant catch by Rohit Sharma at the boundary ropes. NZ 80/1
Highest POWERPLAY score for New Zealand vs India in T20Is. The Black Caps go past 66/0 they made in Wellington & Hamilton last year.
OVERS 7.1: FOUR! Munro welcomes Dube with a superb boundary towards long off.
Another bowling change for India. Shivam Dube comes into the attack.
End of OVER 7: 5 runs off Chahal’s over. NZ 73/0
OVERS 6.3: Munro plays this beautifully towards deep extra cover. He will get a couple. NZ 72/0
Virat Kohli is having a discussion and gives the ball to Yuzvendra Chahal. After 6 entertaining overs from pacers, it’s time for spin.
End of OVER 6: 16 runs off Shami’s over. NZ 68/0
OVERS 5.6: SIX! What a beauty from Guptill. He stands tall and hits this straight down the ground. Shami isn’t happy with this. A loud cheer from the fans. NZ 68/0
OVERS 5.1: FOUR! What a shot from Guptill. The right-hander uses the pace and plays this beautifully towards fine leg. NZ 56/0
Shami starts his second over.
End of OVER 5: 8 runs off Bumrah’s over. NZ 52/0
OVERS 4.5: A loud LBW appeal from Bumrah against Munro. Umpire says NO. Slower one from Bumrah.
50 comes up for New Zealand in 4.3 overs. Both openers are making full use of the Powerplay. Excellent batting from Munro and Guptill.
OVERS 4.1: FOUR! Guptill welcomes Bumrah with a fine boundary towards third man.
Bumrah starts his second over.
End of OVER 4: FOUR!
Short from Shardul. Munro tries to pull but gets a top edge and the ball sails over KL Rahul’s head. 18 runs off the over. NZ 44/0
OVERS 3.4: SIX! Munro is on fire. The New Zealander picks the the length and whacks the ball over long on region. 2,2,4,6 in the over so far.
OVERS 3.3: FOUR! Munro comes forward and smashes Shardul towards long on for a boundary.
OVERS 3.2: Superb running from Munro. 2 runs off first ball and two more on the second.
Shardul starts his second over.
End of OVER 3: 7 runs off Shami’s over. NZ 26/0
OVERS 2.4: FOUR! Short from Shami. Munro pulls it towards backward square leg. NZ 25/0
Bowling change for India. Mohammed Shami comes into the attack.
End of OVER 2: SIX! Munro takes a stride and comfortable dispatches Shardul over long-off fence. NZ 19/0
OVERS 1.2: FOUR! Poor delivery from Shardul. Fine leg is up. Guptill uses the pace and flicks the ball towards fine leg for a boundary. NZ 12/0
Shardul Thakur to bowl from the other end.
End of OVER 1: 7 runs off Bumrah’s over. NZ 7/0
OVER 0.5: Superb fuller from Bumrah. Munro plays this intelligently towards backward square leg for a single.
OVER 0.2: FOUR! That’s Guptill for you. He smashes the ball towards long off region. What a powerful shot from him. NZ 4/0
Here we go!
A loud cheer from the crowd. Kohli’s men have formed a huddle. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are making their way to the middle. Jasprit Bumrah will open the attack for India. One slip for him.
KL Rahul will keep the wickets today. He was fantastic in the recently-concluded ODI series, that India won, against Australia.
It’s time for national anthems. First up is India’s and it’s followed by the New Zealand.
INDIA: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami
Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar are the other two missing out from the Indian team. KL will keep the wickets today.
NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett
Virat Kohli (INDIA):
We’re gonna have a bowl first. Looks a nice pitch to bat on. It might be hard to pick the ball up initially due to twilight. We’re pretty much fine (from the travel) but we’re fine now. We’ve played 50-over cricket (heading to this series) and are ready for T20 cricket. The five guys not playing are Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Sanju Samson. The character to bounce back from difficult situations gives us an edge in alien conditions. We just gotta come out and play with belief in our abilities.
Kane Williamson (NEW ZEALAND):
It was a 50-50 decision with the track being used. We would want to get some runs on the board first and then defend it. The two guys missing out are Mitchell and Kuggeleijn. So we have two seamers, de Grandhomme. It’s a fantastic opportunity against one of the best sides, if not the best sides. It’s a chance for us to become a better side and execute our plans.
TOSS: India captain Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to field against New Zealand.
Captain @imVkohli wins the toss and elects to bowl first in the 1st T20I against New Zealand. https://t.co/6NEIvq83w0
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It’s toss time, folks.
KL Rahul’s last 5 T20Is: 54, 45, 91, 11, 62, 52. Can the dashing right-hander continue his sublime touch in the T20I series against New Zealand as well? Ahead of the match, India captain Virat Kohli suggested KL Rahul will continue as their wicketkeeper in the Twenty20 series against New Zealand as it offers them the luxury of playing an extra batsman. Rahul donned the keeper’s gloves in the last two one-dayers against Australia at home after Rishabh Pant suffered concussion in the series opener earlier this month.
Pitch report – BY Sunil Gavaskar and Scott Styris
It’s a boundary-hitting ground. No total is unchaseable. Looks a good pitch to bat on. There isn’t any grass on the surface. Seamers might not get much help from it. It’s a hard deck, so the ball should come on nicely to the bat and encourage strokeplay.
The match will begin at 12:20 pm (IST). We are counting down to the toss.
NZ will bank on Taylor’s experience today
Eden Park looking a picture ☀️ @RossLTaylor on media duties to open proceedings with @GuyHeveldt 🎥 #NZvIND https://t.co/F6a8rBift4
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News from the Eden Park
The covers are off after some morning showers and the sun is emerging at @edenparknz ahead of tonight’s first T20I.… https://t.co/AUcM4eMWbG
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Kohli’s men are set to roar
All set for the 1st T20I against New Zealand #NZvIND https://t.co/npwnubL0uL
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KL Rahul to keep wickets once again?
Getting your keeping gloves ready @klrahul11? 👐👌🏻😃 #TeamIndia #NZvIND 🇮🇳🇳🇿 https://t.co/g3EnlmdsWV
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Both captains – Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson – are ready for the long five-match series
The two captains all smiles as they pose with the trophy ahead of the 5-match T20I series #NZvIND https://t.co/TRGAAZ8nl1
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India captain Virat Kohli’s love for Kiwis
Can’t help but Love the Kiwis 🇮🇳🇳🇿 #TeamIndia #NZvIND https://t.co/9Qc3k35v5L
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Hello from the Eden Park
A big hello from the Eden Park, our venue for the first two T20Is against New Zealand. #NZvIND https://t.co/FsD2uDnKLO
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Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of 1st T20I between India and New Zealand in Auckland.
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