Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan shared a record partnership of 158 runs. As the result of which Indian scored a massive in the first T20 International against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Kane Williamson’s decision to field first could have been spot on. But Kiwi’s performance in the field made them suffer their own plannings. However, it was not their day and Indian openers- Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma fully capitalized on it. Dhawan got saved in the very second over when Mitchell Santner spilled the catch. Four overs later, it was Rohit’s turn to get a reprieve as Tim Southee spilled a straightforward catch.
With both the openers being in top form and the visitors failing to capitalize on the rare chances, the batsmen made the most of it. The duo began cautiously but shifted gears as the game progressed. By the time the 10th over ended, India had raced to 80 without loss.
Rohit Sharma was finding it tough to get going with the bat. But Dhawan made up for it, reaching his fifty off just 37 balls. But as the game wore on, Rohit too found his rhythm and reached a half-century off 42 balls. And after completion of the fifty, he shifted his gears, trying to hit almost every ball to the boundary. Dhawan was also matching his partner shot for shot as the duo toyed with the Kiwi bowlers. The partnership finally met its extremity when Dhawan got stumped off Ish Sodhi in the seventeenth over. During his, departure the scoreboard was reading an imposing 158. The southpaw scored 80 off 52 balls.
Hardik Pandya, who caught himself at number three, failed to justify the decision and threw his wicket for a duck. But a quickfire knock of 26 from skipper Virat Kohli helped India to cross the 200-run mark.
Here are the twitter reactions of the India New Zealand first T20I:
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017
— Chaitanya Gurve (@chaitanya_guru_) November 1, 2017
1st T20I: India (202/3) record first-ever victory vs New Zealand (149/8) in T20Is with 53-run win at Firozshah Kotla
— मॉं तुझे प्रणाम (@UbcanilGupta) November 1, 2017
Final over of Nehra ji's cricket career coming up. Also, India's first ever T20I win vs New Zealand.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) November 1, 2017
India beat New Zealand for the first time in a T20I to make Pakistan the #1 T20I side and to end Ashish Nehra's 18-year long career. #INDvNZ
— 》♡VIVO IPL 2018♡《 (@HRS_Cricket) November 1, 2017
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 1, 2017
— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017