India won the three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand 1-0. The Men in Blue will play a three-match ODI series, with the first match scheduled for Friday, November 25 at Eden Park in Auckland. Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan will captain the Men in Blue, while Kane Williamson will lead the Kiwis.
After being asked to bat, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer guided Team India to a total of 306 for the loss of seven wickets. The Men in Blue got off to a flying start, with Dhawan and Shubman Gill both scoring half-centuries and contributing to a 124-run opening stand. Shreyas Iyer, who batted at No. 3, then went on to anchor the innings before being removed for 80 off 76 balls in the last over.
The all-rounder, Washington Sundar, also made a huge impact with the bat, scoring an undefeated 37 off 16 balls, and his fireworks in the death overs helped India surpass the 300-run mark. In his knock, the left-hander displayed incredible innovation and courage, smashing three fours and as many sixes.
Former India opener Aakash Chopra heaped praise on Washington Sundar, who changed the whole match scenario with his brilliant cameo. He took to Twitter to praise and tweeted “Well played, Washington Sundar. What an innings. This Indian innings has three 50+ scores but it’s Sundar’s innings that might have had the biggest impact. People who bat lower down the order mustn’t be judged with the usual parameters of ‘average’. Impact is what matters.”
Well played, Washington Sundar. What an innings. This Indian innings has three 50+ scores but it’s Sundar’s innings that might have had the biggest impact. People who bat lower down the order mustn’t be judged with the usual parameters of ‘average’. Impact is what matters.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 25, 2022
In the middle order, Suryakumar Yadav, who has had an outstanding year in the shorter format, was dismissed by Locky Ferguson for 4 off 3 balls. Rishabh Pant, who came at number 4, struggled with the bat and was dismissed for 15 runs. Sanju Samson looked composed with 36 runs off 38 balls and was dismissed while trying to accelerate.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (w), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (w), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.