Dramatic first over
This was the fifth time when a batsman started the innings with a six. Despite conceding two sixes in his first over, Indian star offie Ravichandran Ashwin tapped Martin Guptill LBW for 6. Colin Munro too showed some heroics in the first over, hitting a clean switch hit six and the first over concluded dramatically for 13 runs.
Dominating the Kiwi batting line-up, Indian spearhead Ashish Nehra joined the party as he scrapped Colin Munro in the 2nd over. Starting with a maiden-wicket over, the Delhi lad conceded only 5 runs in the first 2 overs and proved economical for the Indians. The warhorse did well in his last over as well when he dismissed Grant Elliot, runout for 9 runs.
Magic behind the stumps
MS Dhoni’s magical hands worked again for India as he stumped Kane Williamson within a blink of an eye. Suresh Raina bowled a quicker outside off delivery beating the slash and Dhoni was seen so quick behind the stumps and Williamson had no chance of coming back.
Bowlers till half-time
India appeared on top in the first half as scoreboard was displaying 55-3 after the first 10 overs of the match. Subjugating the Kiwi batting line-up, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra and Suresh Raina had already pocketed one wicket each whereas Jasprit Bumrah was seen bowling economical.
Raina’s juggling runout
Amidst all the dominance by the Indian bowlers, the finest sight came in the 12th over when Suresh Raina magically dismissed Ross Taylor (10). Rolling on the pitch, Raina threw the ball with his left-hand while off balance and aimed perfectly at the stumps.
Anderson – a menace for India
Until Jasprit Bumrah bowled Corey Anderson with one of his trademark yorkers, the Canterbury-born batsman stayed a big threat to India. Staying on crease for longest in New Zealand innings, Anderson smashed 34 runs off 42 balls, with 4 fours.