Twitter Reactions: India register their first T20I win in New Zealand with a clinical performance
Krunal was exceptional with the ball as he returned with the figures of 3/28.
Published - Feb 8, 2019 2:52 pm
Updated - Feb 8, 2019 2:52 pm
Team India has finally managed to win a T20 International against New Zealand. The Eden Park in Auckland was the venue where the Men in Blue put their best forward to level the three-match series. This is the third time on this Trans-Tasman tour that the visitors have come back after losing the first game and will be hoping to win the series now.
After opting to bat first, New Zealand were slow to get off the blocks. Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the new ball and eventually got better of Tim Seifert after which Krunal Pandya broke the back of the Kiwi batting line-up. He accounted for two scalps in a single over and stalled New Zealand’s progress early. Though there was a huge controversy regarding Daryl Mitchell’s dismissal, one has to credit Krunal for bowling really well.
Krunal also pinned Kane Williamson plumb in front of the stumps to reduce the hosts to 50/4 in the eighth over. But Colin de Grandhomme came out all guns blazing to lead his team’s revival. He and Ross Taylor stitched a partnership of 77 runs for the fifth wicket as the former also slammed a half-century. He was dismissed exactly on 50 off only 28 deliveries and then India once again had an upper hand in the proceedings.
Eventually, New Zealand could only post 158 runs for the loss of eight wickets after 20 overs with India conceding only 31 runs after De Grandhomme’s dismissal.
Rohit leads the chase
Rohit Sharma got going almost immediately in the chase. His trademark shots off the short ball were literally a delight to watch for the 42000 spectators at the Eden Park. He took the charge in the opening partnership as Shikhar Dhawan was struggling to middle the ball. Rohit, in the process, also became the first Indian player to hit 100 sixes in the T20I format.
He scored 50 off just 29 balls as Ish Sodhi broke the 79-run opening partnership. Rishabh Pant and Dhawan then continued to play smartly not taking many risks. The latter’s struggle, however, was ended with a pacy bouncer by Lockie Ferguson. Dhawan scored only 30 runs off 31 deliveries with a couple of boundaries. Pant, however, played his shots and looked comfortable batting at three.
Vijay Shankar couldn’t make the most of the opportunity and managed to muster only 14 runs. MS Dhoni brought calmness to the proceedings, in the end, to remain unbeaten on 20 off 17 balls. Pant scored the winning shot which raced to the four and stayed not-out on 40 off 28 balls with four fours and a six as India gunned down the chase with seven balls to spare.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Same teams, same set of players, completely different result. Underlines the great importance of taking wickets early. #NZvIND
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 8, 2019
INDIAAA INDIAAA💪💪🙏🙏😀😀 pic.twitter.com/cmkzUNEPhD
— vennela kishore (@vennelakishore) February 8, 2019
"Pant finishes off in style"
Time to get used to this. #NZvIND
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 8, 2019
Why don’t India pick Rishabh Pant for ODIs if MS Dhoni is being pushed up the order? Young, fearless and explosive. Rather than going with the pedestrian Dinesh Karthik.
— Ismail Mulla (@IsmailMulla) February 8, 2019
— हरSH🌪🌪🌪 (@_Msdian_07) February 8, 2019
This is nothing.
In the days to come, expect Rishabh Pant to clap with one hand.#NZvInd
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) February 8, 2019
People gain respect playing with one hand :
1 Tamil Iqbal against Sri Lanka
2 Rishabh Pant against NZ#INDvNZ
— Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 8, 2019
Watching Rishabh Pant's batting is always fun, whether it's Test or T20
— ᎢᎻᎾᎡ ᏚᏆNᏩᎻ ⚡ (@SRKsThor_) February 8, 2019
Am sure #MSD can exactly understand what goes through the mind of a Rishabh Pant – especially after Pant hits a massive one. Probably sees a lot of himself in Pant. Helps the youngster immensely when MSD is actually batting with him. #NZvIND
— RK (@RK_sports) February 8, 2019
Hammered at Hammilton, then bounced back at Wellington.
Hammed at Wellington, then bounced back at Auckland.
Roller-coaster time in NZ for India with Rohit Sharma as captain. #NZvIND
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) February 8, 2019
Most wins as captain after 14 T20Is:
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) February 8, 2019
Fine cameo by Rishabh Pant.. Fantastic contribution with ball by Krunal Pandya! Rohit revelled as India register their maiden T20I win in New Zealand. Series locked at 1-1. Splendid all-round effort by Team India #NZvsIND
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) February 8, 2019
No. of wins for India in T20Is now:
Under Virat Kohli : 12 (20 matches)
Under Rohit Sharma : 12 (14 matches)#NZvIND
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) February 8, 2019
That game should’ve finished on a wide and it wasn’t called but with 1 run to win and Dhoni in the middle and a stadium full of noisy India fans I kind of don’t blame the umpire. 😂🤷🏼♀️ #NZvIND
— Laura Caughey (@el_cee17) February 8, 2019
Leading run-getters in
Tests: Sachin Tendulkar – 15921
ODIs: Sachin Tendulkar – 18426
T20Is: Rohit Sharma – 2288#NZvIND
— Bhupesh Dave (@Bhupesh_live) February 8, 2019
Most Runs in each format
Tests : S Tendulkar
ODIs : S Tendulkar
T20Is : R Sharma
Most 100 in each format
Tests : S Tendulkar
ODIs : S Tendulkar
T20Is : R Sharma
Highest Score in each format
Tests : B Lara
ODIs : R Sharma
T20Is : A Finch
— చిన్న రామయ్య™ (@nagatarakian) February 8, 2019
— Er Md Azharuddin (@azhar4_official) February 8, 2019
Just imagine Virat Kohli in Kane Williamson’s place while that third umpire decision was made. Just imagine. #NZvIND
— Garima Srivastava (@Garima_Wisden) February 8, 2019
This batting unit surely has it in them to level the series and then we can have another exciting decider!#NZvIND
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) February 8, 2019
I hated getting out but post-retirement its changed. Now I don’t mind walking back to a Dugout!!! 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 Here is the Take 1 of my camera skills…or lack of them @VVSLaxman281 @HaydosTweets @anilkumble1074 @StarSportsIndia #SelectDugout pic.twitter.com/yw5ulOWJpz
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 8, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 8, 2019