Team India locked horns with New Zealand to play the first of the three match T20I series at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Upon winning the toss, skipper Rohit Sharma decided to field first. New Zealand got off to a disappointing start as Daryl Mitchell was dismissed for a golden duck by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, Martin Guptill and Mark Champman carried the innings forward for the Kiwis and kept the scoreboard moving. The duo put up 109 runs for the second wicket before Ravichandran Ashwin removed Champman. Champman managed to score 63 off 50 deliveries which included 6 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 126. The veteran off spinner then found Glenn Phillips right in front of the stumps.
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets up in an over and changed the momentum of the game. But that did not affect Guptill’s game as he kept dealing in sixes and fours. Skipper Rohit Sharma decided to bring in Deepak Chahar in the 18th over of the game. Guptill smashed a no look six and sent the ball out of the park. Guptill smoked it for a huge six and had a look at Chahar who turned back and went to his bowling crease.
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However, Chahar came up with an epic comeback in the very next delivery. Deepak Chahar bowled a full-length delivery which temped Guptill to go for a shot. But this time it was not just a length delivery it was a slower one as well.
The shot gets an elevation but not the distance this time. Shreyas Iyer takes an easy catch standing at deep mid-wicket. This time Chahar had a stare back to Guptill. Chahar had the revenge he wanted to take. Martin Guptill made a long walk to the dugout after scoring 70 off 42 deliveries which included 3 fours and 4 sixes.
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India restricted New Zealand to 164/6 after the end of 20 overs.