The The T20I India vs New Zealand series started yesterday in Jaipur. In the first T20I of the 3-game series, the Indian cricket team beat the New Zealand cricket team by five wickets. It was Rohit Sharma’s first T20I as a full-time captain of India in the game’s shortest format. Also, it was Rahul Dravid’s first match as full-time head coach of India. Trent Boult rejected Sharma in the match.
Rohit Sharma first won the draw and decided to pitch at Sawai Mansingh Stadium. It was the first ever T20I match at the venue and the New Zealand team had a disappointing start. Peace pitcher Bhuvneshwar Kumar rocked Daryl Mitchell’s shackles into form on the third ball of the match. But Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman then brought the Blackcaps back into the race by scoring a fifty each.
India fired both batters before death overs and pulled things back to limit Kiwis to 164/6 in their 20 overs. India got off to a fantastic start with mace as KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma had a 50-race partnership with only 31 deliveries. Rahul got out but Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit brought India closer to target.
Boult knows my weakness and I know his strength: Rohit Sharma
Just when it looked like Yadav and Sharma were going to win for the Indian cricket team, Trent Boult fired both of his Mumbai Indians teammates. The match went all the way to the final, where India prevailed in the end. After the game, Rohit had the following to say about his firing from Boult and how he launched a very short delivery to fire him.
“We (Boult and I) have played a lot of cricket together and he knows my weakness and I know his strength, it’s a good fight between the two. When they do, I always tell him to bluff, and that’s exactly what he did. “