India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I in Auckland Highlights: As it happened

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Jan 24, 2020 05:12 PM IST

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Highlights: India beat New Zealand by six wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul slammed half-centuries to star in India’s comfortable chase of 204. Skipper Virat Kohli also chipped in with handy 45. Earlier, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slammed respective fifties as New Zealand ended their innings at 203/5. Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja picked one wicket each while Mohammed Shami went wicketless. Follow highlights of India vs New Zealand 1st T20I:

16:00 hrs IST

Captains corner

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Highlights: Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul power India to 6-wicket win in Auckland(AP)
India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Highlights: Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul power India to 6-wicket win in Auckland(AP)

Kane Williamson: There are a lot of positives form us. It is hard to defend at this venue specially with a bit of dew here. To score over 200 on a used wicket was a good effort. Credit to India for the way they played.

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Virat Kohli: It felt like 80% support was for us and the crowd was right behind us. You need that sort of push chasing 200+. We never spoke of the jetlag in the team as we didn’t want any excuse. We were just focused on what we needed to do to win the match.

15:56 hrs IST

Shreyas speaks

Shreyas Iyer has been named the man of the match for his stunning innings. Iyer says: “We have lost couple of wickets in the middle and it was important for us (him and Manish Pandey) to put together a partnership. It is my first time here at Eden Park and the ground and crowd were amazing”

15:52 hrs IST

Stat attack

This is Iyer’s second half-century in T20Is and it came just at the right time for the ‘Men in Blue’. Overall, 21st fifty in T20 cricket and 23rd fifty plus score (2 hundreds included). Today, his innings included five boundaries and three massive sixes at a healthy strike rate of 200.

15:48 hrs IST

Iyer finishes off in style

Shreyas Iyer hits a massive six off Tim Southee as India win the match by six wickets and one over to spare. Iyer remained unbeaten on 58 while Rahul also slammed a half-century to help India go 1-0 up in the five-match series.  

15:44 hrs IST

Fifty for Iyer

Shreyas Iyer hits a six and a four off Tim Southee and with that he brings up his half-century off 26 deliveries. India are within touching distance of winning the match.

15:41 hrs IST

Four and four

Shreyas Iyer hits back to back boundaries off Hamish Bennett as India score 11 runs from the 18th over of the innings. New Zealand need to break this partnership and pick couple of quick wickets to have any chance of winning the contest.

15:36 hrs IST

Huge hit from Iyer

Shreyas Iyer hits Tim Southee for a huge six over backward square leg and the pacer concedes 10 runs from the over. India need 29 off 18 deliveries now and with the way these two are batting, one would feel India are favourites for this contest.

15:32 hrs IST

Four and SIX

Shreyas Iyer played a brilliant cut shot for a boundary past the point fielder. Manish Pandey then showed his intentions and hit Sodhi for a six down the ground. 14 runs came from the over from Sodhi as India need 39 off 24 deliveries.

15:27 hrs IST

India cross 150

Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are looking to get their eyes in before going for the onslaught in the last few overs of the innings. India have crossed the 150-run mark and need 53 off 30 deliveries to win the match.

15:22 hrs IST

Stat attack

Only 3rd time Dube has dismissed in T20Is from 5 innings. All 3 times he has been dismissed by a spinner. Afif Hossain (RA Off) ; Hayden Walsh (Leg-break) ; Ish Sodhi (Leg-break)

15:18 hrs IST

Dube’s blitz ends

Shivam Dube hit Santner for a four and six off successive deliveries but his impatience came to the fore once again as he was dismissed by Ish Sodhi in the next over. He mistimed a delivery into the hands of Southee at long-on. Manish Pandey joins Shreyas Iyer in the middle now.

15:13 hrs IST

Stat attack

Virat Kohli dismissed for 45 (32) by Blair Tickner. 6th consecutive time Kohli has been dismissed by a pacer. 6th time Kohli has been dismissed in 40s in T20Is. Consecutive 40+ scores for Kohli outside India.

15:09 hrs IST

Virat Kohli falls

New Zealand have picked up the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli as he is dismissed by Blair Tickner for 45. Kohli flicked the ball towards mid wicket and Guptill came running inside and took a brilliant diving catch. India have lost their third wicket of the innings.

15:04 hrs IST

Rahul departs

KL Rahul skies an Ish Sodhi delivery and Tim Southee takes a good running catch at long off. With that, India have lost their second wicket of the innings. Shreyas Iyer joins Virat Kohli in the middle now.

14:59 hrs IST

SIX and Fifty

KL Rahul brings up his half-century in sensational style as he hits Tickner for a six over long-on. 16 runs came from that over from Tickner as India cross the 100-run mark in chase. India need 96 to win off 66 deliveries.

14:56 hrs IST


Ish Sodhi has done the cardinal sin of dropping the catch of Virat Kohli. Tickner made Kohli play a bad slog shot and the ball went high in the air towards third man. Sodhi, who could never judge the trajectory of the fall ball, failed to grab it. India skipper gets a massive reprieve.

14:53 hrs IST

Four and SIX

KL Rahul takes the attack to Mitchell Santner as he hits him for a six and four, both down the ground. With that, Rahul enters his 40s and it on course of a brilliant half-century. As for NZ, they need to break this partnership as they re starting to cut loose now.

14:48 hrs IST

Fifty partnership

Ish Sodhi concedes 12 runs in the over and it also had a stunning boundary from Virat Kohli, who hit the ball towards cow corner. Fifty stand also comes up between Kohli and Rahul as India are in a comfortable position now.

14:43 hrs IST

Comedy of errors

Rahul defended a Bennett delivery and the two Indian batsmen went for a single. Rahul, after taking couple of steps, stopped running but Kohli went inside the striker’s crease. The fielder at covers had a shy at the non striker’s end with Rahul stranded in the middle. The ball missed the stumps somehow and Rahul then started to run towards the crease. The ball had reached the mid on fielder and he too had a shy at the the stumps but missed as well. India score 8 runs in the over but more important,they didn’t lose a wicket.

14:38 hrs IST

India go past 50

KL Rahul plays one of the shots of the day as he flicks a Southee delivery off his pads and plants it in second tier past mid wicket ropes. The last ball took a top edge off Rahul’s bat and went for a boundary past the keeper.16 runs came from that over as India have crossed the 50-run mark in five overs.

14:33 hrs IST

First six for Kohli

Blair Tickner bowled full and straight and Virat Kohli hits a huge six over the bowler’s head for the second maximum of the Indian innings. 10 runs came from that over again as India are back on track in the chase after an early blow.

14:27 hrs IST

Bennett goes for runs

Hamish Bennett, who is making his T20I debut, goes for 10 runs in his first over as Virat Kohli hits him for his first boundary of the innings. The onus is now on the India skipper anchor the innings in this big chase.

14:22 hrs IST

Rohit Sharma departs

New Zealand are off to the prefect start in the innings as Mitchell Santner gets rid of Rohit Sharma in the second over. Rohit skies the ball and Taylor takes an easy catch at point. Virat Kohli joins KL Rahul in the middle. 17 runs came from that over but the crucial wicket of Rohit lessens the damage for the home side.

14:18 hrs IST

Good over from Southee

Rahul and Rohit are off to a cautious start as Southee concedes just four runs off the first over of the innings. New Zealand are going for spin straightaway as Mitchell Santner will bowl the second over.

14:13 hrs IST

India’s chase begins

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are making their way into the middle and they will begin the Indian chase. Tim Southee will bowl the first over of the innings. India need 204 to go 1-0 up in the five match series.

14:09 hrs IST

Stat attack

Mohammed Shami’s 53/0 is the eighth most expensive over by an Indian in T20Is.

203/5 is the 3rd highest score for New Zealand against India in T20Is.

14:04 hrs IST

Innings ends

Ross Taylor completes his half-century in the last over of the innings as NZ had three batsmen who went past the fifty run mark. Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slam respective fifties as New Zealand end innings at 203/5. Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja picked one wicket each Shami went wicketless.

13:58 hrs IST

Injury concerns for Bumrah

After bowling the second delivery off the last over, Bumrah is down on the ground wincing in pain. Replays showed that India pacer had turned his ankle after bowling the delivery. Good news for India is that he is back on his feet and will complete his over.

13:54 hrs IST

Good over for NZ

Mohammed Shami finishes his full quota of 4 over and ends with 53/0. His last over goes for 9 runs as New Zealand have entered the 190s. They will want to go past the 200-run mark to have the mental advantage of scoring at least 200.

13:48 hrs IST

Kiwis lose half their side

Jasprit Bumrah bowled an excellent over and he was rewarded for it with a wicket. Seifert hit Bumrah’s delivery straight into the hands of Iyer at long-on. Kiws have lost half their side now with just two overs left in the innings.

13:44 hrs IST

Fifty and out

Kane Williamson brings up his half century by slamming three boundaries off four Chahal deliveries. He went past the 50-run mark off just 25 deliveries. But then he top-edged a delivery and Kohli took an easy catch at point. Williamson departs for 51 as Kiwis lose their fourth wicket.

13:40 hrs IST

Shami goes for 22 in one over

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson simply tear apart Shami as they bludgeons him for 22 runs in the over. Williamson started with a boundary and then, Taylor went four, six and six to put the pressure back on the visitors. New Zealand have roared past 150-run mark.

13:35 hrs IST

Four and SIX

Ross Taylor hits two glorious shots as New Zealand have issued a stunning counter-attack. The first he played a paddle sweep with reverse bat for a four and they hit a jaw dropping sweep shot as the ball sailed into the top tier. India ned to break this stand.

13:31 hrs IST

Poor fielding from Chahal

Kane Williamson hit a Shivam Dube delivery in the air towards mid wicket and it sailed over fielder Chahal’s head for a six. Replays showed that Chahal was standing way inside the ropes and had he been just next to the boundary, it would have been a regulation catch. Chahal apologetically looks towards the bowler and skipper who aren’t impressed.

13:28 hrs IST

Stat attack

4th T20I duck for Grandhomme. 3 out of them have been golden duck and this is his first dismissal for duck with more than 1 balls faced. 2nd duck in T20Is against India for Grandhomme. 3rd consecutive innings single-digit for Grandhomme at home in T20Is. 1st dismissal for Grandhomme against a left-arm spinner since 2018.

13:24 hrs IST

Jadeja strikes

After the dismissal of Colin Munro, Kiwis have lost the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme, who hits a Ravindra Jadeja delivery straight into the hands of Shivam Dube in front of short fine. Kiwis have lost their third wicket as India have made a strong comeback into the match.

13:20 hrs IST

Munro falls

Shardul Thakur was taken for back to back sixes by Kane Williamson. The first one was towards mid wicket and the second one was behind of square. But Shardul hit back strongly by getting rid of Munro for 59. He hit the ball straight into the hands of Chahal at deep backward square leg.

13:15 hrs IST

Fifty for Munro

Colin Munro edges a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery and it goes for a boundary towards vacant slip region. Then, on the penultimate ball of the over, he pulls Chahal for a boundary. Munro also brought up his well deserved half-century as New Zealand have crossed the 100-run barrier.

13:10 hrs IST

Ten overs completed

Skipper Kane Williamson shows his class early on as he hits Shivam Dube for a flat six down the ground. The maximum ruins the over from Dube as he concedes 7 runs from it. After 10 overs, Kiwis have scored 91 runs for the loss of one wicket.

13:05 hrs IST

Stat attack

5th consecutive dismissal after scoring with 30 or more runs in T20Is for Gupill (All at home). Only one of them he converted into a fifty. 8th consecutive innings without a fifty for Guptill against India in T20Is.

13:01 hrs IST

First breakthrough for India

Shivam Dube has managed to provide India with their first breakthrough of the innings as he gets rid of Martin Guptill for 30. It would not have been possible without Rohit Sharma, who took a brilliant catch at square leg boundary. He took the catch, lobbed the ball in the air, touched the rope because of momentum and then came back in and completed the catch.

12:56 hrs IST

Spin introduced

Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack and stems the flow of runs a bit as he gives away just 5 runs and no boundaries in the over. India will have to target wicket otherwise Kiwi batsmen will have the opportunity to cut loose in the end and set a big score.

12:51 hrs IST

Another big over for Kiwis

Guptill started the sixth over from Shami with a boundary towards square leg and then two wides and four runs later, he hit the ball over long on for a glorious six. Shami concedes 16 runs in the over as Kiwis are primed for a huge score here.

12:46 hrs IST

Fifty partnership

Gultill hit a Bumrah delivery towards third man and a poor effort in the field from Thakur has resulted in a boundary for the right hander. 8 runs conceded by Bumrah in the fifth over as New Zealand have already scored 52/0. India need to break this partnership soon.

12:41 hrs IST

Shardul being torn apart

18 runs conceded by Shardul Thakur in his second over and alarm bells are already ringing for Virat Kohli’s troops. Munro his a boundary straight down the ground and followed it up with a huge six towards the sight screen. The last ball was a bouncer and it took an edge off Munro’s bat and went over keeper’s head for a boundary.

12:36 hrs IST

Munro flexes his muscles

Three overs have been bowled and three bowlers have been used by skipper Virat Kohli. Mohammed Shami this time drops the ball short and Munro pulls the ball for a boundary towards mid wicket. Seven runs come from that over from Shami as India’s wait for first wicket still continues.

12:31 hrs IST

Expensive over from Shardul

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are starting to cut loose as they rake in 12 runs from the first Shardul Thakur over. Guptill flicked the ball off his pads for his second four while Munro hit a slower ball outside off for the first six of the innings over covers.

12:26 hrs IST

Good start for Guptill

Martin Guptill comes dancing down the track and hits Jasprit Bumrah over mid off fielder for a boundary. Bumrah then came back strongly in the match and conceded just 3 runs off the next five deliveries. Shardul Tahkur to bowl the second over.

12:20 hrs IST


New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Colin Munro out to open the innings for New Zealand. Jasprit Bumrah starts the attack with the ball. HERE WE GO!

12:16 hrs IST

Time for National Anthems

We will have the National Anthems for both the teams -starting with India’s “Jana Gana Mana”, followed by the Kiwis National Anthems.

12:13 hrs IST

Stats attack

· 172: Average 1st innings score at Auckland extrapolated in completed and all-out innings, excluding rain-affected matches.

· 9/19: Teams batting first have had outright wins in 9 out of 19 matches and lost 7, while 3 ended up in getting tied.

· 1/1: India have played only once at Auckland and won that match by 7 wickets in 2019.

· 10: New Zealand have lost 10 from 19 T20Is at Auckland — the most for them at any venue in T20Is.

· 1: Mitchell Santner is 1 wicket away from completing 50 T20I wickets and become the 3rd NZ bowler to reach this landmark after Tim Southee and Nathan McCullum.

o He will be the quickest NZ to this landmark in terms of matches played.

· 56: The difference of runs between Rohit and Kohli in T20Is for top spot.

o Kohli is currently holding top spot for most runs in T20Is with 2689 runs.

· 0: Virat Kohli has never played any T20I in New Zealand before.

· 0: No Indian batsman has even 100 runs in T20Is in New Zealand.

o The highest is 96 by Rohit Sharma in 4 T20Is.

· 508: Martin Guptill holds the record for scoring runs at a venue in T20Is with 508 runs in Auckland.

· 30 & 81: Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli are 30 & 81 runs away respectively from surpassing MS Dhoni and becoming the 2nd highest run-getter as captain in T20Is.

o Kohli has 1,032 runs as captain in T20Is and is behind Williamson (1083), MS Dhoni (1,112) and Faf du Plessis (1,273) in the list.

· 1: Guptill is 1 more fifty plus score away from having the record for most fifty plus scores at a venue in T20Is.

o He has currently 5 fifty plus scores at Auckland, joint most along with Kohli at Mirpur, Dhaka and Mohammad Shahzad at Dubai.

· 1: Kohli is 1 fifty plus score away from becoming the captain with most fifty plus scores in T20Is.

o With 8 fifty plus scores as captain, Kohli is currently holding the top spot along with Faf du Plessis in T20Is.

· 8: Kohli is 8 sixes away from becoming the 2nd captain to have hit 50 sixes as captain in T20Is after Eoin Morgan (62).

· 7: Martin Guptill is only 7 sixes behind Rohit Sharma (120) in T20IS, who holds the record for most sixes in T20Is.

· 3: Ish Sodhi is 3 wickets away from completing 50 wickets in T20Is.

· 11: Sodhi is the bowler with joint highest wickets against India in T20Is along with Umar Gul.

· 4: Guptill is 4 catches away from becoming the 3rd outfielder to take 50 catches in T20Is after David Miller and Shoaib Malik.

12:05 hrs IST

Team India raring to go

Indian team is raring to go into the contest - the men in blue are ready for what promises to be a thrilling cracker. Short ground, batting surface - this could be a high scoring game.


11:57 hrs IST

India Playing XI

NO Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube get a game.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

11:56 hrs IST

New Zealand Playing XI

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett

11:56 hrs IST

Williamson speaks

Kane Williamson: “It was a 50-50 decision with the track being used. We would want to get some runs on the board first and then defend it. The two guys missing out are Mitchell and Kuggeleijn. So we have two seamers, de Grandhomme. It’s a fantastic opportunity against one of the best sides, if not the best sides. It’s a chance for us to become a better side and execute our plans.”

11:54 hrs IST

Virat Kohli speaks

Kohli: “We’re gonna have a bowl first. Looks a nice pitch to bat on. It might be hard to pick the ball up initially due to twilight. We’re pretty much fine (from the travel) but we’re fine now. We’ve played 50-over cricket (heading to this series) and are ready for T20 cricket. The five guys not playing are Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Sanju Samson. The character to bounce back from difficult situations gives us an edge in alien conditions. We just gotta come out and play with belief in our abilities.”

11:53 hrs IST

Kohli wins toss

India captain Virat Kohli wins toss, elects to bowl.

11:45 hrs IST

Irfan Pathan’s new role in the team?

Deep Dasgupta: “Irfan, KL Rahul has changed a bit. He is not just a batsman. He is a wicketkeeper now. What does that mean for Rishabh Pant?”

Irfan Pathan: “Team management is going to keep backing Rishabh Pant. The situation with him is, that they are going to find a good finisher in him. That’s why they are investing in him. He hasn’t shown that yet. But we have seen in the IPL he has finished the game and won the games for Delhi Capitals. That’s what they see him doing in the future, and hence they keep persisting with him. I would like to see that as well. If Pant is batting at no. 6 and Hardik Pandya comes at no. 7, it’s a solid lower order, which you need in T20Is, to finish off the game.”

11:42 hrs IST

Pitch report

“It’s a boundary-hitting ground. No total is unchaseable. Looks a good pitch to bat on. There isn’t any grass on the surface. Seamers might not get much help from it. It’s a hard deck, so the ball should come on nicely to the bat and encourage strokeplay.” reckon Sunil Gavaskar and Scott Styris.

11:26 hrs IST

No revenge on Kohli’s mind

New Zealand knocked India out of the ICC World Cup 2019 after beating them by 18 runs in the semifinals. Friday’s tour-opening T20I is the first clash between the two sides since then. However, Kohli said that the Kiwi cricketers are ‘so nice’ that the team is not thinking of revenge and are confident ahead of the encounter. “Even if you want to think of revenge, these guys are so nice you cannot get into that zone,” said Kohli at the pre-match press conference.


11:20 hrs IST

Toss in 30 minutes

We will have the toss in 30 minutes. This will be an all-important toss. It’s a small ground, and a flat surface. Teams batting first can really hit a few bis shots to set up a mammoth total.

11:06 hrs IST

KL Rahul to keep gloves?

KL Rahul could be donning the keeper’s role in the first T20I. But does that mean specialist wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson will not be in the playing XI? Or will they play as specialist batsmen, instead of keepers? Hmm... interesting!


11:05 hrs IST

A look at India vs New Zealand squads


New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Bennett

India (From): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Dube

10:55 hrs IST

Dean Jones makes a bold prediction

Former Australia cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones has made a prediction that India will “smash” New Zealand. “It will be a carnage,” he says.


10:46 hrs IST

Weather update

The clouds are hovering over Auckland at the moment, but the forecast suggests there is very little-to-no chances of rain in the day.  

10:32 hrs IST

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I

Hello and welcome to our live blog of India vs New Zealand 1st T20I. After a successful home season, Virat Kohli’s men will begin their overseas tour to New Zealand in Auckland. India enter the tournament with a 2-1 ODI series win at home against Australia, so the confidence will be high. The Kiwis, on the other hand, suffered a 3-0 Test series defeat against the Aussies at home, and so will probably need a rethink. Interesting contest in store. This is Karan, and I will take you through the first half of the day’s play.

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