New Zealand beat India by 21 runs in the first T20I at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday, January 27, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Former India batsman Wasim Jaffer believes that the 20th over bowled by Arshdeep Singh cost Team India their series opener.
Arshdeep Singh conceded just 24 runs in his first three overs and took the crucial wicket of well-set batsman Devon Conway. However, the left-arm pacer conceded 27 runs in the last over of the innings. He started the over with a no-ball, which went for a six, and in the next three balls, he gave two sixes and a four, making it 23 off the first three deliveries.
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Full Credit To Daryl Mitchell – Wasim Jaffer
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Wasim Jaffer said that chasing a target of 160 would have been psychologically different from 180 runs. The former India opener praised Daryl Mitchell for his excellent batting and said the last over swung the momentum in their favour.
“India would have been happier going in with around 160 to chase. Even though they would have lost the way they batted, psychologically, when you get a team out under or around 160, (is different from) around 180,” Wasim Jaffer was quoted as saying to ESPNcricinfo.
“That over cost India quite a bit. India would be disappointed, Arshdeep would have been disappointed. But full credit to Daryl Mitchell, the way he struck the ball and the way that last over turned out to be and the way Mitchell Santner bowled and captained the side. He was spot on today,” he added.
Daryl Mitchell scored a match-winning half-century of 59 runs off 30 deliveries, including three fours and five sixes. The right-handed batter helped New Zealand reach a competitive total on a tough pitch. The Kiwi bowlers restricted the Indian batters to 155 runs in the 20 overs to win the match.
India will take on New Zealand in the second T20I at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday, January 29.
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