India win first T20I against New Zealand. New Delhi: India dominated with both bat and ball to defeat New Zealand by 53 runs in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) here on Wednesday. Asked to bat first, India posted a massive total of 202/3 in their 20 overs. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma decimated the Kiwi bowling by bringing up a record 158-run first wicket stand in just 16 overs. The Indians then produced an excellent bowling effort to restrict the visitors to 149/8. While Dhawan belted a 52-ball 80, to eclipse his previous highest T20I score of 60, Rohit continued his glorious form to smash a 55-ball 80, comprising six boundaries and four sixes.The right-left duo started off cautiously, putting on 46 runs in the power play before pressing the accelerator. Dhawan started off with two boundaries off Trent Boult in the second over before being dropped off an uppish drive by Mitchell Santiner at point. Santner had the ball in his hands but failed to latch on to it as Dhawan accumulated a quick couple of runs. Rohit was quick to catch up with his partner, launch in Tim Southee for a six to start off before riding his luck immediately after the power play, when Southee dropped a sitter at the long-off boundary off Colin de Grandhomme. With the dew setting in, the New Zealanders found it tough to grip the ball, which was well utilised by the Indian duo, reaching 80/0 midway through the innings.Dhawan had by now reached his third T20I with a single off an inside edge off Santner, who cramped him for room. The Southpaw turned up the heat by smashing a couple of sixes even as Rohit got to his 12th T20I half century by clobbering Santner for a maximum and two consecutive boundaries as India’s score crossed the 150-run mark in no time.
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