IND vs NZ 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Begins New T20I Era With A Win Against New Zealand
IND vs NZ 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Begins New T20I Era With A Win Against New Zealand

The Indian T20I team, with its new captain and new head coach, began the journey with a clinical win against a Kane Williamson-less New Zealand side still hurting from the T20 World Cup final loss.

Chasing a target of 165, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma brought up the 50-run partnership in five overs. Both played sumptuous pull shots but the same shot brought about the downfall of Rahul. His wicket brought Suryakumar Yadav to the crease, and the Mumbai pair took the innings forward.

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, India
(Image: Twitter)

Rohit continued his strokeplay but fell just two runs short of a well-deserved fifty on his full-time T20I captaincy debut. His MI teammate didn’t miss the opportunity, however, as he brought up his fifty with nonchalance. He fell playing one too many shots but the rest of the middle-order completed the task.

Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the early breakthrough, removing the dangerous Daryl Mitchell with a beautiful inswinger. What followed was an excellent recovery partnership between Mark Chapman and Martin Guptill. The duo put on 109 runs for the second wicket.

Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill
Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill (Image: Twitter)

Chapman became the first player to score fifties for two nations in the shortest format. Guptill also got to his fifty and looked set to take-off but wickets tumbled in the final few overs which restricted the total to 164. It wasn’t enough as the Indian team chased it down but not without a few hiccups in the end.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s win:

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The chanting Jaipur crowd reminds me of my birthday century knock there!

The entire crowd was singing and wishing me happy birthday.
Still getting goosebumps! 😄

#INDvsNZ

Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli) 17 Nov 2021

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