India win by 5 wickets!
Rishabh Pant seals the deal. India needed 3 off 3 and the left-hander stepped out to hit it over mid-off for four. New Zealand fought back valiantly but the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
IND 160/5 after 19.4 overs: OUT! Venkatesh Iyer, on debut, smashes his first ball for four but then attempts a reverse scoop and is caught at short-third. India need 5 off 4. Axar is the new batter and he’s on strike.
Venkatesh Iyer vs Daryl Mitchell. Two men who have had very little to do in the previous 39 overs. #INDvNZ
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) November 17, 2021
Iyer goes. Iyer comes. With India needing 10 runs off 6 balls. Captain must be wondering how did India reach here?? 🧐#IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 17, 2021
IND 155/4 after 19 overs: OUT! Iyer (5 off 8) hits it to long-off. New Zealand have pulled things back in the 18th and 19th overs thanks to Ferguson and Southee. India find themselves in a serious spot of bother with 6 balls remaining. They need 10 to win. Debutant Venkatesh Iyer is the new batter and he’s on strike. Daryl Mitchell to bowl the last over.
Reminder that two matches in the previous bilateral series between these…