So, that's it from the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand. We head to Lucknow for the 2nd T20I where India will be looking for an equalizer. This is Arijit Kundu signing off alongside co-commentator, Akshay Bhide and scorer/analyst Paras Yadav. Stay tuned to our network.
Daryl Mitchell (Player of the Match):"It's always nice to contribute to the scores. The way the boys bowled was fantastic. I guess the comments coming from the guys were that spin was hard to play and the partnership between Conway and Phillips helped me to play my strokes freely. Just keeping it simple and trusting my skills. Not every time it works in the T20 format but happy to contribute tonight."
Mitchell Santner (New Zealand Captain): "Yeah, the ball spun well in the 2nd innings. It was nice to see the ball spinning a bit more. I don't think we're safe with 170 at the first. Surya batted well. We thought that we needed to have 180 with the power India have in their batting.
It was a shock to us as well. We're about to bowl in the toss. We thought this ground was for chasing. Yeah, it's always a challenge. We know the ball was spinning in the powerplay and when it was harder, it was doing a lot. It was good for us, for the guys to chip up with the wickets inside the powerplay"
Powerplayer of the match: Washington Sundar
Game changer of the match: Devon Conway
Hardik Pandya (India Captain): "I don't think no one even thought that the wicket would play like that. Both teams were surprised but we have to play well on these kinds of surfaces. Actually, the new ball was turning more than the old ball. We were in the game when Surya and I were batting and Washi also played well but fell short. The par score on this wicket was 160 and I think we bowled poorly in the end. We conceded 25 runs more. We have youngsters and these games only teach us more than the games we win. The way Washi bowled was fantastic. It was about Washi against New Zealand instead of the Indian team against New Zealand. When Axar will be back, both will form a great combo."
Time for the post-match presentation.
Michael Bracewell:"We were surprised by the behavior of the pitch. It was turning and it helped us while defending. On the delivery of Kishan's wicket, I was trying to get some turn off the pitch and was lucky that it beat the outside edge. Mitchell used the experience and we discussed what to bowl on this surface. There was a little bit of dew in the end but we were ready with the towels. It's massive to bounce back after the disappointing ODI series. We are looking forward to going into the next game with the momentum behind us."
10:35 PM IST | A comprehensive victory for New Zealand and in the end the expensive last over from Asrshdeep Singh yielded out to be one of the major differences. The good thing for the Kiwis is that they start the series with a win, which they failed to earn during the recently concluded ODI series.
Arriving for a chase of 177 runs, the Indian side didn't get the rosy start they desired. Ishan Kishan was the first one to depart and Michael Bracewell enforced a jaffa to knock the former's off stump. Rahul Tripathi followed him without disturbing the scorers as an outswinger from Jacob Duffy edged his outside part of the bat. They were curtailed to 15-3 after 3.1 overs.
Soon, Surya and Hardik Pandya maneuvered the ground well and kept the scoreboard ticking. With time, they executed some amazing boundaries and glued 68 runs together. As soon as Surya was removed, India's hopes of a triumph got narrowed. Yadav was dismissed for 47 off 34 balls. Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, and others followed the pavilion. In the end, it was Washington Sundar who seemed to be the lone warrior of India. He failed to gain support from the other end as wickets kept on tumbling. Sundar smacked some splendid-looking shots and raced up to his half-century as well.
Earlier, India had won the toss and elected to bat first. New Zealand kickstarted with the usual opening duo of the Wellington Firebirds' - Finn Allen and Devon Conway. Allen gave a rollicking start to New Zealand, whacking a couple of boundaries. They were scoring around 10 runs per over but Washington Sundar came in and extracted two wickets.
Devon Conway was the one who shepherded the innings from one end. Glenn Phillips failed to get along well and later the cricketing audience was treated with 'THE DARYL MITCHELL SHOW'. India had almost pushed the brakes but Mitchell had some other plans. He accelerated really well and went on to smoke 59* runs off 30 balls. He harrumphed three consecutive sixes against Arshdeep Singh at the ultimate over of the innings and helped his side to post 176 runs.
In the end, the Black Caps wins the game by 21 runs and lead the three-match series 1-0. Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony.
19.6 L Ferguson to U Malik
4 FOUR!!!! Ferguson bowls it full on the stumps, Malik has a big swing at it and gets a thick outside edge that flies past the keeper for a boundary. With this, New Zealand beat India by 21 runs and take 1-0 lead in the series.
W WICKET!!!! Finally, Ferguson gets his man. Bowls it short outside off, Sundar arches back and upper cuts it and hits it straight down the throat of Duffy at third man who takes a simple catch with a reverse cup. Sundar departs on 50 off 28 balls. He walks off to a standing ovation from his teammates.
19.5 L Ferguson to W Sundar
WD A slower delivery down leg and Ferguson has to reload that one.
19.4 L Ferguson to W Sundar
0 Dropped!!!! Ferguson bowls a back of a length delivery outside off, Sundar looks to hit it over mid off but toe ends it and Sodhi from inside the circle dives forward and gets both hands to it but shells it.
19.3 L Ferguson to W Sundar
0 Fuller delivery outside off and Sundar slices it aerially towards the sweeper in the off side. Dot ball.