New Delhi: Team India, led by newly appointed skipper Rohit Sharma, beat New Zealand by five wickets in Ind vs NZ 1st T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the T20I three-game series on Wednesday. For India, Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav played with the bat as they played an important role in helping India win.
India recorded their 50th victory by chasing, in T20 format. The Men in Blue made history because they were the very first team to achieve this great feat. When it comes to chasing a goal to win a T20 match, Pakistan, India and Australia had won 49 matches until India vs New Zealand 1st T20I, but now Indian has took the lead.
After the game, Rohit Sharma admitted that winning the Black Caps in 1st T20I was not easy, but said players will learn from experience. India was in the lead throughout the chase but things got a bit tense in the last four overs, but Rishabh Pant’s heroism got India past the target penultimate.
“It didn’t come as easy as we expected, so great learning for the guys, to understand what needs to be done, not about power-hitting all the time,” Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation.
“As a captain and as a team I’m happy that these guys finished the game. A good game for us, a few players are missing, an opportunity for the other guys to show their skills.”
Rohit said a “complete bowling performance” stopped the visitors post a 180-plus target.
“Sky (Suryakumar) is a very important player for us in the middle, plays well with spin,” said Rohit who scored 36 balls 48.
About his Mumbai Indians teammate Trent Boult who fired him, Rohit said: “Trent Boult knows my weakness, I know his strength. When I’m leading him I always tell him to bluff and that’s what he did. Happy with the victory, first victory, always nice. “