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India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I Match at Auckland: Iyer Takes India Home by 6 Wickets
India vs New Zealand 1st T20I, Live Updates: 50! Shreyas Iyer has hammered Southee straight back over his head to start the over off with a massive six and then followed that up with a cheeky flick to square leg to bring up his half-century in quick time.

Jan 24, 2020 16:03 (IST)

Virat Kohli:Reaching here two days before the game and then playing a game like this, it was fantastic. We never spoke of the jetlag in the team. We just focused on what we needed to do to win. We were looking forward to doing well. We have done well in T20Is in the last one year. You can't be harsh on anyone on this sort of a pitch. I thought 230 was on at one point, but we pulled it back nicely. We have to work on our fielding a little too and get used to the ground conditions as well.

Jan 24, 2020 16:01 (IST)

Kane Williamson: It is hard to defend here and there was 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. Taking pace off seemed to be working okay, but it was tough to execute because India put us under pressure constantly.

Jan 24, 2020 15:57 (IST)

Shreyas Iyer: We were aware that we needed to build partnerships after a few quick wickets before that. So Manish and I worked on that and we were always confident of scoring the runs because this is a small ground. Iyer wins the Player of the Match. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:51 (IST)

India have begun the five-match series in great style with a win here in Auckland. The batsmen made it look easy by the end of it. It's 1-0 now in the series. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:48 (IST)

Shreyas Iyer remains unbeaten on 58 off 29 deliveries along with Manish Pandey who added 14 of his own from the other end. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:47 (IST)

SIX! Shreyas Iyer has decided to finish this in a hurry and has gone over cow corner again against Southee and it's gone a fair few rows back. India have completed the win with an over to go. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:43 (IST)

50! Shreyas Iyer has hammered Southee straight back over his head to start the over off with a massive six and then followed that up with a cheeky flick to square leg to bring up his half-century in quick time. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:41 (IST)

Bennett has come back well in the over and bowled with fire. Just the three singles of the final four deliveries keeps the game in the balance. India need 18 from the final 2 overs

Jan 24, 2020 15:38 (IST)

Four and Four! Bennett bowls into the body of Shreyas Iyer and he has helped him along to fine leg first and then through cow corner for two important boundaries. India back on top! 

Jan 24, 2020 15:36 (IST)

Southee bounces back well in the over and keeps Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey from finding the boundaries after that six. India take 10 runs of the over and need 29 from 3 overs. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:33 (IST)

SIX! Short and not with a lot of pace from Southee and Iyer has picked him off over long leg for a maximum! Good start to the over. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:31 (IST)

SIX! Sodhi bowls it short again and this time Manish Pandey has clubbed it over cow corner for a maximum! Important over for India as they move onto 165/4 after 16 overs. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:30 (IST)

Four! Sodhi gives Iyer width and pitched it short outside the off stump and he's cut it away ferociously for a boundary. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:27 (IST)

A good over by Bennett as he concedes seven runs. Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey nudge him around the wheel to keep the runs coming. India need 53 from the final 5 overs. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:23 (IST)

Superb over from Ish Sodhi. Picks up an important wicket and keeps the batsmen from moving the scoreboard along. Two runs and a wicket takes India to 144/4 after 14 overs. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:21 (IST)

OUT! Dube's gone looking for yet another big hit against the spinner and this time the connection isn't good enough. Southee's safe hands takes another catch as India lose their fourth. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:17 (IST)

Big over for India against Santner as they make it 13 run one. Shivam Dube goes after the spinner and whacks him for a boundary and a six as Santner puts it in the arc for the southpaw. India are 142/3 after 13. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:13 (IST)

8 from Tickner's over keeps India moving along at a good rate but having lost the set pair of Kohli and Rahul, it is up to Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube now. India are 129/3 after 12 . 

Jan 24, 2020 15:12 (IST)

Four! Shreyas Iyer makes room on the leg side and flays it over extra cover for a four. He's got Shivam Dube at the other end after Kohli's dismissal. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:10 (IST)

OUT! A wonderful catch from Martin Guptill in the deep. Dives forward to catch a mishit from Virat Kohli. Tickner has his wicket as New Zealand start to claw back. India are 123/3. 

Jan 24, 2020 15:07 (IST)

A quiet over for Santner and New Zealand after a while as he concedes five singles and a wide too. India with Kohli and Shreyas Iyer are looking to keep the momentum going with the score reading 121/2 after 11 overs.

Jan 24, 2020 15:03 (IST)

OUT! Crucial wicket for the Kiwis and for Ish Sodhi after a terrible over. Tosses it up and Rahul looks to go for a big one again and ends up holing out to Southee who has taken a good catch running in. Rahul goes for 56 and India are 115/2 after 10 overs. 

Jan 24, 2020 14:58 (IST)

The pressure is telling on Tickner as he has a long over and concedes 16 runs. A wide bouncer and a front foot no-ball does not help his cause either. India are cruising along at 107/1 after 9 overs.

Jan 24, 2020 14:57 (IST)

Half-century! KL Rahul on strike off a free-hit and he has hammered it over long on into the crowd to bring up his half-century! Superb batting from a man in from. 100 up for India too. 

Jan 24, 2020 14:54 (IST)

CHANCE! Tickner has got the edge of Kohli's bat as he looks for a big hit and Ish Sodhi can't catch the skier. 

Jan 24, 2020 14:52 (IST)

Four and Six! Santner has taken a hammering over here. Driven over his head for a boundary first and then whacked in the same region for a maximum right after by KL Rahul. Kohli approves from the non-striker's end. India make that a 14 run over and  move on to 91/1 after 8.

Jan 24, 2020 14:48 (IST)

Slightly wayward over from Ish Sodhi as he comes on in place of Southee. Couple of wides and a bunch of singles and a smashing pull shot by Kohli for a boundary make that a 12 run over. Kohli looked to go for the big hit of the last delivery as well and is unhappy about the connection. India move on to 77/1 after 7 overs.

Jan 24, 2020 14:42 (IST)

8 runs from the Hamish Bennett over takes India to 65/1 after 6 overs, but it could have been a very different situation if the Kiwis had fielded well. 

Jan 24, 2020 14:41 (IST)

Four! Short and into Kohli's body and he moves away and slaps it away through midwicket. There was a fielder in the deep but that was hit like a rocket. Bennett can only look on. 

Jan 24, 2020 14:40 (IST)

CHANCE! New Zealand had two chances to run out either Kohli or Rahul and they have missed them both due to sloppy fielding. That could be very very costly. 

India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I Match at Auckland: Iyer Takes India Home by 6 Wickets

PREVIEW: India and New Zealand have both just finished playing Australia and had very different experiences. The Kiwis are looking to turn a corner and Virat Kohli’s men are high on confidence. Especially, KL Rahul, who’s versatility and superb performances, has earned him high praise as the T20 World Cup preparations intensify. Shikhar Dhawan’s injury allows Rahul to return to his favourite batting position, at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma – a combination that has worked well in recent months for India in T20 cricket. It has also opened another door for Rishabh Pant, who is likely to get the nod in the middle order. New Zealand, where conditions are similar to Australia, is a good test and an opportunity to finalise on combinations in a World Cup year.

At Auckland in the first T20I of the tour, Kohli will be looking to begin with a good performance to set the tone on the tour and it is those below him in the batting order who need to step up when the conditions are tough. Against a strong bowling line-up in their own backyard, Kohli is unlikely to shuffle the batting initially and whoever eventually among the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Sanju Samson and Pant makes the cut will have to make good use of the time in the middle. The return to action for Jasprit Bumrah, against Australia, of course spells danger for the opposition and makes Kohli’s life a lot easier. Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini provide fantastic options alongside, as does Shardul Thakur who will enjoy the sight of smaller boundaries. Other than bringing their best game on the occasion, India will also have to adjust to the ground’s dimensions. Eden Park makes it difficult to resist the temptation of going over the bowlers head and it challenges a bowlers variations.

The hosts have their own problems other than the recent battering against Australia. Injuries to key bowlers like Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson is a cause of concern for Kane Williamson. Nonetheless, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner and Scott Kuggeleijn, with Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi the spinners represent good depth. Williamson himself is returning to T20 cricket after a year and will look to Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Ross Taylor to back him up with batting duties. Taylor interestingly is the only survivor for New Zealand from the T20 World Cup in 2007. The skipper will also hope Colin de Grandhomme can keep his T20 form going. India move on to the IPL after this tour, and are not scheduled yet to play further T20s in this part of the world before the World Cup. New Zealand is a difficult team to beat at home and won’t be very open to making any changes to that trend.

New Zealand lost the ODI series to India last year, but bounced back to win the T20 internationals thereafter. India have been unbeaten in the shortest format during their home season and will be gunning to add another feather in their cap. With so much at stake and a World Cup around the corner, it is set up for an absolute spectacle at Eden Park on Friday (January 24).

India’s T20I squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Hamish Bennett, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

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