India break Kiwi jinx in Delhi

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- Agence France-Presse, NEW DELHI

Nov 2, 2017-

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma played entertaining knocks while spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel claimed two wickets each as India beat New Zealand by 53 runs in the first Twenty20 international in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Chasing 203 for victory, the Kiwis could only manage 149-8 in their 20 overs to trail the three-match series 1-0. Notching up their maiden win over New Zealand in the format, India gave a fitting farewell to veteran paceman Ashish Nehra, who called time on his playing career. Paceman Ashish Nehra brought down the curtains on his 18-year-old career.

Earlier, a record opening partnership between Dhawan and Sharma powered India to 202-3. Invited to bat, Dhawan, who hit a career-best 80, and Sharma, who also made 80, put together 158 runs to give the hosts a resounding start in the three-match series.

The pair put up India’s best partnership for any wicket in T20s, surpassing the 136-run opening show between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir against England in the 2007 World Cup. Indian batsmen also benefited from a sloppy effort by New Zealand fielders with Dhawan, on eight, and Sharma, on 16, surviving dropped chances.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi got Dhawan caught behind in the 17th over but the opener had done enough damage with 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 52-ball knock. Sodhi also got Hardik Pandya (0) two balls later but the Sharma, who hit 6 fours and 4 sixes, continued to entertain the home crowd. Sharma fell to fast bowler Trent Boult in the penultimate over but skipper Virat Kohli, who was also dropped on eight, finished unbeaten on 26 off 11 deliveries.

 

Summary

India 202-3 (S Dhawan 80, R Sharma 80; I Sodhi 2-25, T Boult 1-49) beat New Zealand 149-8 (T Latham 39, 

K Williamson 28; A Patel 2-20, Y Chahal 2-26) by 53 runs

Man-of-the-match: S Dhawan (IND)

Published: 02-11-2017 09:34

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