IND vs NZ 2021, 1st T20: India restrict Kiwis on 164

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India are up against New Zealand in the first T20 of the 3 match series.

This is the first match of Team India as Rohit Sharma full time captain and Rahul Dravid as the Coach and Kiwis were coming in with Tim Southee as their skipper for the T20 series.

Team India won the toss and elected to bowl first and managed to restrict Kiwis on 164 at the loss of 6 wickets.

Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman smashed crucial half centuries and helped their side reach a respectable total of 164 runs.

Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar grabbed two wickets each and restricted the Kiwis from reaching a huge total.

Match Summary

Team India won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat first. Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell came to open the innings for New Zealand.

The Openers failed to gave Kiwis a start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Daryl Mitchell on the golden duck. Kiwis lost their first wicket on the score of 1 run.

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Mark Chapman joined Martin Guptill and progressed the scoreboard. Both of them joined a 109 run partnership and Mark Chapman completed his half century.

Ashwin gave Team India the much needed break through in the 14th over as he dismissed Mark Chapman on the score of 63 of 50 balls.

Ashwin dismissed Glenn Phillips on a duck in the very same over and brought Team India back in the game.

Martin Guptill fired some blazing shots and even completed his half century. Guptill was leading Kiwis towards a huge total until Deepak Chahar grabbed his wicket in the 18th over.

Guptill got out after scoring 70 runs of 42 balls. Now Tim Seifert and Rachin Ravindra were on the pitch.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar grabbed another wicket in 19th over as he dismissed Tim Seifert on the score of 12 runs of 11 balls.

Mohammed Siraj dismissed Rachin Ravindra in the last over giving Kiwis their 6th blow.

India grabbed quick wickets by end of the innings and restricted Kiwis on 164, what earlier seemed to be reaching 180 plus score.

Men in Blue will now be having a target of 165 in front of them but it won’t be an easy task considering the Kiwis’ bowling line-up.

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