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New Zealand take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against India (AP Image)
Washington Sundar fought hard for India till the last over but the hosts lost by 21 runs.
New Zealand show dominance as they register their first win in the ongoing match in Ranchi India The tour ended with a 21-run win in the first T20 on Friday. After losing the ODI series 0-3, the Black Caps came back in emphatic fashion to thrash India at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. The Indian batsmen failed to live up to expectations as they struggled against the spinners to lose wickets at regular intervals in their chase of 177 and ended with 155/9. Mitchell Santner led his side by conceding just 11 runs in his four overs, taking two crucial wickets of Shubman Gill and Deepak Hooda.
Washington Sundar fought hard for India till the last over but the hosts lost by 21 runs. The left-handed batsman has been a late flourish and scored 50 off 28 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes to keep the fans entertained.
india vs new zealand 1st t20 match highlights
India lost momentum in the final over of New Zealand’s innings when Arshdeep Singh went for 27 runs in the final over of the innings as the visitors put up a challenging 176/6 on the scoreboard. New Zealand relied on momentum and took early wickets while defending the target to put pressure on the hosts.
They managed a top-order collapse as Ishan Kishan (4), Shubman Gill (7) and Rahul Tripathi (0) returned with just 15 runs on the scoreboard. No. 1-ranked T20 batsman Suryakumar Yadav shared a crucial 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket with skipper Hardik Pandya as India chased victory. However, Ish Sodhi broke the partnership by dismissing Surya for 47 off 34 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Hardik was also dismissed for 21 in the next over as India lost their way to chase. Deepak Hooda, who was demoted to No.7, also failed to score big and was dismissed for 10 runs.
Sundar was an exceptional performer with the bat as he hit some scintillating shots during his maiden T20I half-century.
Earlier, openers Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell scored half-centuries as New Zealand posted a challenging 176 for six.
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Conway, who had scored 138 in the third ODI at Indore, made a 35-ball 52 after opening the innings, while Daryl Mitchell scored an unbeaten 30-ball 59, including Arshdeep Singh’s one in the last over. Runs included. 27 runs.
For India, Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav combined for 56 runs while taking three wickets each, while the pacers conceded 119 runs despite taking as many wickets as their spin counterparts.
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