The New Zealand tour of India has started with the slam bang format of the game, the format where you don’t see the conditions more often and just put on your skills to set the pace of the game whether with a bat or a ball in the hand. We witnessed almost all of that in the first T20I as Indian Team put on a clinical performance with the bat to chase down a target of 204 with one over to spare in the Auckland.
Indian captain Virat Kohli chose to bowl first to have an idea of the batting conditions and the odd dimensions of the ground. The decision though did not seem to be a good one till the half stage of NZ innings as the trio of MatrinGuptill, Colin Munro and Kane Williamson carted the Indian bowlers all over the park. But Shivam Dube along with Chahal and Jadeja controlled the run rate in the middle overs by picking the wickets at regular intervals before Ross Taylor cut loose in Shardul and Shami’s over helping New Zealand post a strong of 203 total on the board.
In the response, Rohit was picked up early by the witty Santner but after that KL Rahul and Kohli came to their own and showed their class to unsettle all the plans of New Zealand captain. India was motoring along at a good run rate before KL Rahul mishit a ball straight to Southee at long off. Kohli soon followed the WK batsman undone by a Guptill brilliance with India still requiring 84 run in 53 balls.
Indian middle order was exposed again and it was now an open contest for everyone to take. But this time the story did not pan out as usual, Shreyas Iyer, the aggressive talented batsman from Mumbai stood tall in front of the New Zealand to seal the chase for India. Iyer showed his variety of shots against both spin and fast bowling playing pulls, scooped, glances, slogs in every corner of the ground. Iyer made 58 runs off just 29 balls to take India home with one over to spare. He was also well supported by Dube and Pandey with their handy contributions to keep the RRR down.
Former Indian Player Mohammad Kaif has praised Shreys Iyer for the wonderful innings that he played while terming him as next big thing in Indian Cricket.
Mohammad Kaif Tweeted:
You’ve seen the rise of #ViratKohli, of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and now KL Rahul too.
Watch out for the next big thing – @ShreyasIyer15
Such ease and composure despite playing in New Zealand for the first time! #NZvsIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 24, 2020