Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Kohli has faith in India's batsmen despite Rajkot reverse

Indian Team Indian Team
Heather Davidson | 05 November, 2017, 02:17

Martin Guptill, the other Kiwi opener, also batted well, scoring 45 runs off 41 balls. Skipper Virat Kohli tried to offer some resistance with his well-crafted half century, but he was a lone warrior in India's batting unit on the day.

The Auckland batsman never let up, though, and powered on to his hundred as New Zealand amassed 196-2 in their 20 overs.

The comprehensive 53-run victory in the series opener at Delhi has put India firmly in the position to take a 2-0 lead at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Kandheri. Siraj picked up 10 wickets from six games in the last IPL, including a four-for against Gujarat Lions.

Virat Kohli: We wanted to bowl first anyway.

He reminded us why he is the Black Caps' greatest threat with the ball when he removed Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in his very first over.

India lost the Hardik Pandya in the next over from Ish Sodhi who foxed the batsman with a googly and disturbed the stumps to leave the hosts at a precarious 67 for four. He was consistent in the ODI series and has now scored the highest T20 innings against India in India in the shortest format of the game.

Kohli, finding the gap to hit a four regularly, and his predecessor at the helm, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, kept India in sight of the target with a stand of 56 runs.

Munro, whose unbeaten 58-ball 109 fetched him the Man of the Match award, said the century was a reward for taking his chances.

At the end of the 15th over, the home side required 85 in 30 balls, a tall order.

Given the new ball responsibility by Kohli, the 23-year-old pacer was given the coldest of welcomes to worldwide cricket by Martin Guptill who took two boundaries off his very first over.

Dhonis was the seventh wicket to fall in the last over after the fall of Axar Patel two overs earlier. Guptill showed his class despatching the debutant seamer for a grand straight down the boundary, immediately after Munro had squeezed the same bowler to the point fence.

The Hyderabad-born pacer ultimately did get his maiden worldwide wicket in the form of Williamson but ultimately finished with figures of 1-53 off his four overs.

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