Match Winner Rishabh Pant: Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant once again proved why he is important to the team in the first T20I against New Zealand. Rishabh gave Team India victory by hitting a four in the last over between consecutive falling wickets and gave them a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. This small but important innings of his is being discussed everywhere.
The match was stuck like this
The first match of the 3-match T20 series was played between India and New Zealand at the Sawai Jai Singh Stadium in Jaipur. India won the toss and decided to bowl. Batting first, New Zealand set a target of 165 runs in front of India. Team India got off to a good run chasing. Captain Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul made a half-century partnership. Suryakumar Yadav, who came after KL Rahul’s dismissal, took the lead and shared a 50-run partnership with Rohit. Even the match was in the hands of India. Meanwhile, in the 14th over, Rohit returned to the pavilion after scoring 48 runs. Rishabh Pant came to bat in his place. After this, Suryakumar Yadav was also dismissed for 62 runs in the 17th over. Suryakumar Yadav’s innings is also being praised a lot.
After 17 overs, India needed 21 runs in 18 balls and had 7 wickets left. In the 18th over, New Zealand created pressure and conceded only 5 runs. Now the team needed 16 runs in 12 balls. Shreyas Iyer was also out in the 19th over. Only 6 runs were scored in this over. Now the team needed 10 runs in the last over, while the wickets were falling continuously. After Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer came to bat. He hit a four on the first ball, but was dismissed after that. Now the match got stuck between the falling wickets. India needed three runs in three balls. But this time Rishabh Pant was on strike, he ended all the pressure by hitting a four and gave the team victory.
Rishabh Pant was in rhythm even in T20 World Cup
Rishabh Pant seems to be in rhythm for the last few matches. He scored 39 runs against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. After this, he played an innings of 27 runs against Afghanistan while playing very fast.
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