Virat Kohli-led team India and India U19 clawed back to win two back to back matches against their Kiwi counterparts after India A lost to New Zealand A in the 2nd unofficial ODI on Friday.
January 24 was billed as ‘Super Friday’ as Virat Kohli’s Men in Blue, India A and the Indian U19 team took on their Kiwi counterparts at three different venues, across 2 continents on the same day.
India chased down the massive target of 204 with an over to spare at The Eden Park Stadium to take a 1-0 series lead. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul provided a solid foundation for the run chase with a second-wicket partnership of 99 runs after which Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey took the team over the line with their unbeaten 62-run stand.
After both fell in quick succession, Shreyas Iyer took the charge and never allowed the New Zealand bowlers to bowl to their plans. Iyer’s stupendous knock helped the visitors claim their 3rd highest successful run-chase in T20 Internationals.
Shreyas Iyer finishes things off in style with a mighty six!
India win the first #NZvIND T20I by six wickets.
ICC (@ICC) January 24, 2020
Actually, Iyer built on KL Rahul’s (56 off 27 balls) blazing start and Virat Kohli’s useful 45 off 32 balls during the record chase vs New Zealand on Auckland.
Earlier, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor smashed aggressive half-centuries to help New Zealand post 203/5 after being put to bat in Auckland.
Krunal Pandya’s quickfire 51 wasn’t enough for India ‘A’ in the second unofficial ODI against New Zealand ‘A’ as they lost by 29 runs at the Hagley Oval on Friday.
Chasing 296, none of the India ‘A’ batters could get a big score and wasted their starts as the team managed 266 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their stipulated quota of 50 overs.
The home team rode on opener George Worker’s brilliant 135 as most of their top-order batsmen failed to score. It was the late flourish from Cole McConchie and James Neesham who scored 56 and 33* respectively as New Zealand ‘A’ posted 295/7 after being put in to bat.
India beat New Zealand by 44 runs in a rain-hit final group A-League encounter to set-up a quarter-final clash with Australia in the ICC U-19 World Cup on Friday.
Batting first, India scored 115 for no loss in 23 overs as rain played spoilsport. Yashasvi Jaiswal (57 no) and Divyansh Saxena (52 no) struck unbeaten half-centuries.
What an over from Ravi Bishnoi!
Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 24, 2020
New Zealand needed 193 as per revised Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method and were bowled out for 147 in 21 overs with leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi taking 4 for 30 and left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar grabbing 3 for 28.
Brief Scores: India U-19 115/0 in 23 overs (Divyansh Saxena 52 no, Yashasvi Jaiswal 57 no). New Zealand (DLS target 193 in 23 overs) (Ravi Bishnoi 4/30, Atharva Ankolekar 3/28).