India lost to the visitors by 21 runs, and New Zealand took a lead in the series by 1-0. The top order of India was torn by the bowlers of New Zealand in just four overs. Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav put up a partnership of 51 runs but that wasn’t enough for the victory. Surytyakumar Yadav got out before reaching the half-century and Pandya fell in the next over. The visitors posted a total of 177 but the hosts reached 155/9. The match was held in Ranchi at the JSCA International stadium complex.
India vs New Zealand 1st T20I: Match highlights
Devon Conway and Michael Bracewell’s performances helped New Zealand reach 176 runs for just six wickets. Both the players smashed fifties each. The former piled up 59 runs while the latter mustered 52. Washington Sundar scalped destructive player Finn Allen at 35 and Mark Chapman at zero. Interestingly, the on-field umpires weren’t sure if it was a catch but the umpire was confirmed after the fans in the stadium cheered. He took a spectacular one-handed catch to dismiss him. India was chasing 177 and had a poor start listing their first three batters in just four overs. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya put up a good show having a partnership of 51 runs but eventually, both got dismissed. Even Washington Sundar‘s brave performance couldn’t help India from sinking. Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santer scalped two wickets that put the visitors in a favorable position. Yadav and Pandya kept the hope alive for some time but at last, it got in vain. Earlier, Ishan Kisan, Shubman Gill, and Rahul Tripathy got dismissed one by one failing to showcase their magic.
The next match between the two teams will take place tomorrow at 7:00 PM.
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