Black Caps lose T20 opener in Auckland

Black Caps lose T20 opener in Auckland

RNZ, Auckland, January 25, 2010

Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli (Photo: Photosport Ltd)

A slick batting display has led India to victory in the first T20 cricket international against New Zealand in Auckland.

The visiting side reached their challenging target of 204 with six balls to spare and six wickets in hand at Eden Park on Friday (January 24, 2020) night.

After a powerful half century from opener KL Rahul and an impressive 45 from Captain Virat Kohli, the talented Shreyas Iyer steered India home with 58 not out from just 29 balls.

Earlier, the Black Caps reached 203-5 from their 20 overs, a good effort but far from the chase on the short boundaries at Eden Park.

Captain Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro reached 50.

Williamson produced some uncharacteristic power-hitting in his 51 off 26, while Taylor hit three huge sixes for an unbeaten 54 off 27.

The match is the first of five in the series and the first for India on their six week long tour of New Zealand.

Look back at match commentary here.

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