Rahul & Iyer half-centuries help India trump New Zealand in battle of boundaries at Auckland
On a high-scoring ground such as Eden Park, India would have fancied their chances to chase down a 200 + total. It was made possible by quick half-centuries from KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer.
New Zealand 203-5 (20 Overs; Munro59(42), Ross Taylor54(27); Bumrah1/31, Shivam Dube1/24)
India 204-4 (19 Overs; Shreyas Iyer58(29), Rahul(wk)56(27); Ish Sodhi2/36, Tickner1/34)
Result - India won by 6 wickets
After travelling from Bengaluru to Auckland and with a gap of just three days between the two series, India got a big boost when they won the toss and got to chase, which is the team's stronger suit.
However, they soon realised that it would not be that easy for them as the the small straight boundaries in Auckland and a batting beauty facilitated a brilliant partnership between New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. The two added 80 runs within just 8 overs.
Courtesy of strikes from Yuzvendra Chahal and Shivam Dube, India pulled back the match a bit but explosive half-centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor took them past 200.
After losing Rohit Sharma early, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli had a great partnership but both were dismissed in quick succession. The match then could have gone any way.
But, Shreyas Iyer ensured that it ultimately ended in the favour of Men in Blue. Iyer remained unbeaten with 58 off just 29 deliveries to take the team home by 6 wickets, with one over remaining.
Ish Sodhi proved to be the standout bowler for the hosts.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
India - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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