After quickfire fifties from Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor, New Zealand managed to put up a huge total of 203 for 5 in the first T20I against India in Auckland. Team India chased down the total with one over remaining and defeated New Zealand on the back of the fifties from KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer.
The Indian captain, Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first. Guptill, along with his opening partner, Colin Munro provided with a flying start. The hosts surpassed the 50-run mark within 4.3 overs as both the openers smashed every bowler, adding 68 runs in the powerplay.
However, in the eighth over of the match by Shivam Dube, broke the opening partnership of 80 runs with the help of a brilliant catch from Rohit Sharma. Although his departure did not stop the run flow as Munro kept on smashing with the support of Kane Williamson on the other hand. Munro scored his fifty off 36 balls in the eleventh over with a four off Yuzvendra Chahal.
But before Munro could damage more, Shardul dismissed him for 59. However, despite some quick wickets, Williamson and Ross Taylor brought the momentum back with free-flowing big hits. Both of them smashed the fifties, therefore New Zealand finish with a huge total. Jasprit Bumrah gave away just 16 runs in his last two overs and picked the wicket of Tim Seifert for India.
During the chase, India lost Rohit Sharma very cheaply but KL Rahul and Kohli keep the momentum on as they helped India reach the 65-run mark in the first 6 overs. Rahul became the main destructor as they reached the 100-run mark in the 9th over itself. They added 99 runs for the second wicket before Ish Sodhi dismissed Rahul after his 56 off just 27 balls.
Soon Blair Tickner dismissed Kohli in the 12th over and Dube too got out in the 14th over. Later, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey started building the partnership when India needed 53 runs off the last 5 overs. Iyer took the onus in his hands and played a quickfire knock of 59 in just 29 balls. With his brilliant knock, India chased down the total with 6 wickets in hand.