The first T20I of the three-match series between New Zealand and India ended in a comfortable 21-run victory for the Kiwis. Opener Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell were the stars of the show for New Zealand, with Conway making a quickfire 35-ball 52 and Mitchell an unbeaten 30-ball 59.
For India, Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2/22 from his four overs. Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, and Arshdeep Singh also took a wicket each but were unable to stop the New Zealand batsmen from scoring freely.
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New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. The Indian bowlers struggled to find their line and length at the start, allowing New Zealand to get off to a flying start. Finn Allen looked in good touch, hitting consecutive boundaries off Hardik Pandya, while Conway also punished a widish ball from Arshdeep.
However, Washington Sundar got a lot of purchase from the wicket and soon saw the back of Allen and Mark Chapman in the space of five deliveries to reduce New Zealand to 43/2. Conway, however, kept the runs flowing with two fours and a six off Umran Malik, who conceded 16 runs in his only over. Kuldeep then dismissed Glenn Phillips with a googly, but Mitchell joined Conway and the pair stitched a partnership.
After Conway was dismissed, Mitchell went into overdrive, hitting Hardik Pandya for 16 runs and then milking 27 runs off Arshdeep in the last over. New Zealand finished with a slightly above-par total of 179/5.
In reply, India got off to a disastrous start, losing Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tripathi, and Shubman Gill in quick succession. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya did raise hopes of a comeback with a partnership, but Suryakumar was dismissed in the 12th over, chipping the ball straight to Allen at long-on. Hardik followed soon after, offering a return catch to Bracewell.
Washington Sundar cracked some hefty blows while facing Duffy and Lockie Ferguson but he had too much to do. Sundar scored a quickfire 28-ball 50 but was dismissed in the last over by Ferguson. In the end, India fell short of their target, finishing 158/8.