Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin broke the 109-run stand between Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman by dismissing the latter. It was his first wicket of the night and it came in his final over.
Known for his prowess against left-handers, Rohit Sharma brought in Ashwin for the 14th over. Both Chapman and Guptill were well set and were upping the ante heading into the death overs. The Indians needed to keep the scoring rate in check and Ashwin provided the breakthrough.
The wily off-spinner tossed one up to the left-handed Chapman, who swiped across the line but was beaten in flight. The ball sneaked through and crashed into the stumps, ending Chapman’s excellent knock of 63 off 50 balls. It was Chapman’s first fifty for New Zealand.
After Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the early breakthrough for India, Chapman and Guptill took their time and set up a base. They took the Kiwis to 65/1 in 10 overs before launching a stunning assault. The next two overs saw 31 runs being scored from, suddenly taking the run rate to 8.
Chapman reached his fifty with a massive six off a full toss bowled by Axar Patel in the 12th over. He was looking set to carry on but Ashwin put an end to the southpaw’s knock.