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166/5 (19.4)
India won by 5 wickets
Player of the match: Suryakumar Yadav
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That is all that was written for this contest with India taking a 1-0 lead in the series. The action moves to the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi on Friday as both sides battle it out in what promises to be another intense contest. Do join us once again for our coverage of that contest while keeping yourselves up to date with all the other cricketing action from across the globe right here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for tuning into our coverage of this game which we hope you enjoyed just as much as we did bringing to you. On behalf of my good friend and co-commentator Pratyush Rohra, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha once again reminding you to mask up and get yourselves vaccinated in case you haven't already. Good night and take care!
A happy and smiling Suryakumar Yadav there in the presentation. Why wouldn't you be, when you've put on an absolute masterclass with the bat. A top-notch innings from the right-hander and he has catapulted India into the series lead. The Kiwis have yet another quick turnaround coming their way with the 2nd T20I coming up this Friday. Lots of positives as Tim Southee mentioned and they will look to iron out their flaws from this game in a quest to level the series in Ranchi.
Suryakumar Yadav is the Player of the Match: I've not been doing anything different. Just been myself and doing whatever I've been doing over the last 2-3 years. I've just been replicating whatever I do in the nets over here. If I get out, I just come out of the nets, go into the dressing room and think what else I could have done. It helps me during the game. It was a beautiful wicket to bat on. With the dew coming in, the ball was also coming onto the bat really well. It did slow down a bit later but happy to come out with a win. I was disappointed at not finishing the game but that happens - as for Trent, it's my wife's birthday as well so that (the wicket) was a gift from him (laughs).
Rohit Sharma (India captain): It was a hard fought victory. We saw towards the end that it didn't come as easy as we expected. I think it was a great learning for the guys who haven't batted in this situation for India. It's a great learning for them to understand what's need to be done. It's not about the power-hitting all the time and you need to try and put the ball in the gaps to try and take singles and find boundaries. As a captain and as a team, we are happy that these guys got an opportunity to bat in this situation and finish the game off. It was a good game for us. We're missing a few players so it gives the other guys a great opportunity to come and see what they have in terms of their ability. The way we pulled it back at the end was amazing. At one stage, they looked set for 180+ but in the end it was a great effort from the bowlers. It was a complete bowling performance for all of us. The spinners have been brilliant. They ball in tandem for the Delhi Capital and we've seen over the years that they are a wicket-taking option in the middle, which is a good sign. It'll give them more confidence. Ash has played a lot of cricket. For him to come back from the World Cup has been good. We know his quality and the same goes for Axar. Surya batted brilliantly. That's how he plays. He takes his chances and that we want in the middle overs. He played some percentage shots as well and that will give him a lot of confidence moving forward. He's a very important player for us in the middle overs. He plays the spin well and uses the pace of the fast bowlers as well. (On his dismissal) Boult and I have played together a lot. He knows my weakness and I know his. It's a good fight between the two of us. I knew what he was going to do. When I'm captaining him (At MI), I always tell him to bluff. I knew he was going to bowl the bouncer but I was just trying to put it over the fielder's head. Unfortunately couldn't do that but I'm happy with the win.
Tim Southee (New Zealand Captain): You always want to get on the right side of the game. We played our best cricket and we showed a number of good things - especially Mark Chapman to come out and play the way he did having not played much in recent times. I think it was a good score. We didn't probably start well with the ball. I think we did well to claw back in the middle. Mitch Santner was excellent and we did well to take it until the last over. (On the fielding lapses) It's tough - different ground as well but we set high standards on the field. It's an area we've been very very good in a while. Daryl's got a lot of training and always wants to bowl. I had full confidence in him but it's always tough when you haven't bowled in a long time. We just didn't leave him enough runs in the end. Lot of positives - Chapman coming back after a long time played really well. Guptill as well was brilliant and Mitch Santner showed his class as well.
Ravichandran Ashwin: The slower you bowled, the more purchase we got from the pitch. It was also about the seam presentation. It's kind of tricky in a T20 game - when to toss it up, how much you toss it up. The windows for attacking the batters are less and the slower you bowled on this pitch, the better the purchase was. We thought it was round about par, par-minus. The chat in the dressing room was that 170-175 was par. Around the 15 over mark we thought we were going to cruise home, but that's T20 cricket. Identifying the right pace is always a challenge when you're bowling first in a T20 game. It took a bit of time for me. It's about varying your pace and finding the right time to execute it. I don't think about what happened in the previous ball. Important to see the game in isolation. We have 24 events and its about what I can do about that. The batter is trying to play catch-up, so it's important to execute your plans. (On Dravid) Too early to comment, we need to give him some breathing space. He's done the hard yards in Under-19 and the India A sides. He won't leave much to chance and it's all going to be about preparation and the process. It will be about bringing the joy back in the dressing room.
India 166/5 in 19.4 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 62 off 40 balls, Rohit Sharma 48 off 36 balls, Trent Boult 2/31 off four overs) beat New Zealand by 5 wickets.

It should have been a cruise. A canter really. And as long as Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma were out there, that was exactly how things were for India. New Zealand still managed to make a match out of it but in the end, the expected result was inevitable.

India were up and running in a flash in pursuit of their 165-run target. Skipper Rohit Sharma took the seamers to the cleaners upfront with a barrage of powerful shots as India's 50 was raised inside the 5th over. Despite the departure of KL Rahul the very next over - he pulled a long hop into the hands of the outfielder - it was never going to deter the intent that the Indians came out with.

Suryakumar Yadav took that intent to a whole new level with his attacking strokeplay against Todd Astle in particular. Astle was put to the sword and a number of loose deliveries coupled with some bizarre tactics of dropping it short at quick pace didn't aid his cause one bit. Even as Rohit fell to a slower bouncer from Trent Boult, Suryakumar continued to motor along at brisk pace as he notched up a flawless half-century.

It was always going to be a stroll in the park for India... at least that's what it seemed like! Once Suryakumar was castled by Boult, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were put through a stifle by the seamers and out of nowhere, the equation boiled down to 10 needed off the final over. Daryl Mitchell was tasked with the responsibility of bowling that decisive over but with quite a few loose deliveries, even the wicket of Venkatesh Iyer was just a mere consolation. Pant then sealed the game with a thump over mid-off to give the hosts the 1-0 lead in this three-match series.

Mitchell Santner was the pick of the bowlers by a distance even as Trent Boult wasn't too far behind. Fair play to Lockie Ferguson though as he made a comeback from injury and showed a lot of skill with his pace as well as his composure at the death. That said, New Zealand were short by at least 10-15 runs to really give the Indians a tough fight. Good on the Kiwis to make a match of it but alas, it wasn't enough to prevent the hosts from taking the series lead.
And there you go! Rishabh Pant it is who finishes it off with a boundary. It turned out to be a case of delaying the inevitable but the Kiwi fighting spirit was there to be seen towards the end. Well fought New Zealand but it is India who take the series lead in Jaipur. India beat New Zealand by 5 wickets with 2 deliveries to spare and go 1-0 up in the series!
19.4 Daryl Mitchell to Rishabh Pant, FOUR! PANT FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE! Not as straightforward as India would like, but they've managed to get over the line. Back of a length delivery outside off, Pant walks down the thumps this over mid-off. Not the best timing but he's cleared the infield and that's all that matters. India win a thriller by 5 wickets!
Around the wicket comes Mitchell.
3 needed off 3. Mandatory question - Super Over, anybody?
19.3 Daryl Mitchell to Axar Patel, full and wide once more, pace off as well, Axar dabs it towards backward point to scamper through for a single. Over to you, Pant!
4 needed off 4...
19.3 Daryl Mitchell to Axar Patel, wide. Back of a length off-cutter wide of off-stump, went away with the angle and on the wrong side of the tramline. 4 off 4 now...
Axar Patel, LHB, makes his way to the crease. He will take strike.
This game refuses to give anytime soon! It was a very straight third man - just beyond where a fly slip would have been placed in fact - and Venkatesh Iyer has picked him out to perfection. What's worse for India - the batters failed to cross each other by the time the catch was taken so Pant will remain off strike!
19.2 Daryl Mitchell to Venkatesh Iyer, OUT! OH, DEAR! Full delivery outside off-stump, it was pretty wide and Iyer was looking to be clever with a reverse scoop over short third man but he's chipped it to the fielder instead. Pressure back on India! What a thriller this is turning out to be.

Venkatesh Iyer c Ravindra b Mitchell 4 (2b, 1x4, 0x6)
19.1 Daryl Mitchell to Venkatesh Iyer, FOUR! SHOT! What a way to get off the mark in your debut! Pressure? What pressure? Back of a length this time and Iyer climbs into the one to pull it with disdain through mid-wicket
Don't be too surprised with Mitchell bowling the final over. He can bowl yorkers at the death, mind you! Not the best of starts there, of course!
19.1 Daryl Mitchell to Venkatesh Iyer, wide. Looks to go full and wide but he's gone a bit too wide. One run less to get for India.
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