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IND Vs NZ, 1st T20I: Sensational Shreyas Iyer Stuns New Zealand, Finishes Off Chase With Massive Six - WATCH

Shreyas Iyer reached his second T20I fifty in just 26 balls, with the help of five fours and two sixes, then finished off the chase with a mighty hit as India win the first T20I by six wickets

IND Vs NZ, 1st T20I: Sensational Shreyas Iyer Stuns New Zealand, Finishes Off Chase With Massive Six - WATCH
Shreyas Iyer during 1st T20I against New Zealand at Auckland. | Screengrab: Twitter
IND Vs NZ, 1st T20I: Sensational Shreyas Iyer Stuns New Zealand, Finishes Off Chase With Massive Six - WATCH
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2020-01-24T16:15:26+05:30

Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer on Friday played a devastating knock to help India beat New Zealand by six wickets in the first T20I at Auckland.

The 25-year-old reached his second T20I fifty in just 26 balls, with the help of five fours and two sixes. He then finished off the chase with a mighty six, over mid-wicket.

Watch it here:

For the record, this was the first T20I match in the history where five different players scored 50+ runs -- Colin Munro (59), Kane Williamson (51), Ross Taylor (54 not out), KL Rahul (56) and Iyer (58 not out).

Chasing a challenging 204-run target, KL Rahul smashed 56 off 27 balls and together with Kohli shared 99 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for the chase.

Later, Iyer (58 not out off 29 balls) and Manish Pandey (14 not out) remained unbeaten as India chased down the target with an over to spare.

Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field. Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor smashed scintillating half-centuries to power New Zealand to a challenging 203 for five.

Opener Munro blasted six fours and two sixes in his 42-ball 59, while skipper Williamson treated the Indian bowlers with equal disdain, hitting them out of the park four times in his 26-ball 51.

Taylor then clobbered an unbeaten 54 off 27 balls. His innings was laced with three sixes and as many fours.

Opener Martin Guptill also chipped in with a 19-ball 30.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah (1/), Shardul Thakur (1/44), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/32), Shivam Dube (1/24) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/18) snapped one wicket each.

Brief Score:

New Zealand: 203 for 5 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 59, Kane Williamson 51, Ross Taylor 54; Jasprit Bumrah 1/31).

India: 204 for 4 in 19 overs (Shreyas Iyer 58 not out, K L Rahul 56, Virat Kohli 45; Ish Sodhi 2/36).

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