Mark Chapman scored 63 runs off 50 balls within the first T20I vs India.© AFP
New Zealand batter Mark Chapman achieved a uncommon feat through the first T20I worldwide in opposition to India on the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. His knock of 63 off simply 50 balls noticed him change into the primary participant to attain half-centuries for 2 totally different nations within the shortest format of the sport. Chapman had scored a half-century for Hong Kong throughout in a recreation in opposition to Oman in 2015. He had scored an unbeaten 63 off 41 within the third T20I of a three-match collection.
India defeated New Zealand by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead within the three-match collection on Wednesday. After profitable the toss, newly-appointed India T20I skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bowl in Jaipur.
New Zealand received off to a poor begin after Bhuvneshwar Kumar castled Daryl Mitchell for a golden-ball duck. Martin Guptill and Chapman, nonetheless, steadied their ship, placing collectively 109 runs for the second wicket.
Chapman smashed six boundaries and two sixes earlier than he was castled by Ravichandran Ashwin within the 14th over. Guptill, nonetheless, continued his onslaught and took the Kiwis to a commendable complete of 164/6 in 20 overs.
In reply, India received off to flying begin with Rohit and his deputy KL Rahul including 50 runs within the first 5 overs. Mitchell Santner supplied New Zealand with their first breakthrough as he dismissed Rahul for 15 within the remaining over of the powerplay.
Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav then added 59 runs for the second wicket earlier than the previous fell in need of his fifty by two runs. Suryakumar, nonetheless, went on to notch his fifty as India edged nearer to victory.
His dismissal within the seventeenth over noticed New Zealand storm again into the sport. With India needing 10 runs off the ultimate over, debutant Venkatesh Iyer and Rishabh Pant smashed a boundary every as India managed to cross the road with two balls to spare.
India are lacking a bunch of gamers, together with Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, who’ve been rested for all the collection. The second T20I will probably be performed in Ranchi on Friday.
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