After a lousy performance at the T20 World Cup that just ended, India managed to come back last night. India’s first ever T20I against New Zealand in Jaipur on Wednesday (November 17) marked the beginning of a new era in Indian cricket.
Rohit Sharma took over the T20I captaincy from Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid started his tenure as head coach of the blue team.
They say that a good start is half done. Sharma and Dravid should certainly feel the same as the Indian team flourished with a five-goal win over Kiwi on their first mission.
Suryakumar Yadav is the star performer for Men in Blue thanks to his 62-time clinical knock on 40 serves. Strikingly, he was also declared player of the match, displaying a series of spectacular matches.
Team India appeared a bit annoyed and nervous about the end of their run. However, winning against Blackcaps in the opening match of T20I will give them a lot of confidence. It’s something to cheer for the fans after the recent disappointments at the T20 World Cup.
On that note, let’s take a closer look at the three keys to India’s win over Kiwi in Jaipur.
#1: Ravichandran Ashwin shines with the ball
Since featuring against Afghanistan at the T20 World Cup, Ravichandran Ashwin is back in the T20Is. The right-arm outboard spinner was instrumental in forcing flow in the mid-circle for his side, returning to a brilliant 2/23 after four of his passes.
His final bout, New Zealand’s 14th inning, pushed Kiwi with his back foot. He escaped the dangerous and set-up Mark Chapman with a beautiful serve. It has culminated in offering India a breakthrough they have been desperately seeking.
Martin Guptill and Chapman’s 109-player partnership appear to be flourishing, threatening to take the game out of India. But Ashwin has other ideas, standing out when India needs him most.
The 35-year-old assisted Chapman by knocking out futile Glen Phillips, providing India with a double break to get them back into the game.
Ashwin reinventing himself with the ball in the T20Is is definitely a positive sign for the Indian team in the lead up to the T20 World Cup Down Under next year.
#2: India pulls it back in New Zealand’s last three innings
Although New Zealand lost consecutively to Chapman and Phillips in the 14th round, Guptill continued to chase the Kiwis. He unleashed a fierce attack over the next three rounds to push New Zealand to 144 at the end of 17 laps, capitalizing on the pace provided by India’s quick.
Guptill put the first ball of the 18th game into the stands and looked ominously facing for more heaving in the deathmatch. However, Deepak Chahar was also brave enough to hit the next ball in length and was rewarded with New Zealand’s opening goal. Guptill departed with 70 successful trips with only 42 deliveries.
Guptill’s dismissal dashed New Zealand’s hopes of a happy ending in death. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar played a better 19th, conceding only 5 times. Tim Seifert, Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner failed to get over the ropes and the Blackcaps stumbled, scoring a meager 20 points in the last three passes.
Although India eventually won, they experienced a bit of a wobble towards the end, only crossing the line in the 20th inning.
Had New Zealand finished strong, the contest’s story could have been different. In hindsight, New Zealand’s major defeat after the fall of Guptill certainly haunted them in the end.
#3: The Indian team plays top with a sense of freedom
Confronting Pakistan and New Zealand at the T20 World Cup, the top team of India faces difficulties and burdens of expectations.
However, in the first T20I match against Kiwi in Jaipur, India’s top 3 team played with a sense of absolute freedom and power. They plundered the bow players with sophistication and pomp.
New captain Rohit Sharma and especially Surkyakumar Yadav have not stopped trying. The Kiwi players were oblivious as these two were fighting in the middle.
The second defeat certainly helped their goals, but that did little to detract from the Indian team’s commendable performance.
India Should have won in a convincing way rather than worrying about the late game, especially after an impressive start. However, this performance will give them a lot of confidence ahead of the 2nd T20I.
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These two factions will once again lock horns in the 2nd T20I in Ranchi on Friday (November 19).
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/three-talking-points-india-s-win-kiwis-first-t20i-jaipur?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda 3 key factors helped India win against New Zealand in the first T20I match in Jaipur