Team India defeated hosts New Zealand by a margin of six wickets in the opening T20I of the five-match series at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. The visitors were handed a steep target of 204 runs to chase, after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field. Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and opener Colin Munro were the top run-getters scoring quick-fire half-centuries to lead the side on to an imposing total of 203 runs for the loss of five wickets. However, India proved more than capable of chasing down the massive target despite the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, as Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul smashed half-centuries followed by a stellar 45 from Virat Kohli. The fans will be extremely happy with this display from the players, despite getting limited time to recover from an exhausting series against Australia. Here are some of the key statistics from the opening clash:
1) The chase of 204 against New Zealand is the third highest target chased down by India in T20Is. The highest target chased down by the Men in Blue is the 208 against West Indies in Hyderabad, 2019, while the second highest is the 207 against Sri Lanka back in 2009 in Mohali.
2) Team India have chased down targets in excess of 200 the most number of times in T20Is, having done so four times so far. Australia have chased the tally down twice while South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Qatar have achieved the distinction once.
3) The clash witnessed the first instance of five 50 + scores being registered in a T20I after Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer's sublime performances.
4) India (8) have posted a total in excess of 200 while batting second in T20Is the most number of times. England and Australia have completed this feat on four and three occasions respectively.
5) Ish Sodhi (13) is now the highest wicket-taker against India in T20Is, surpassing former Pakistan speedster Umar Gul.
6) New Zealand's power-play score of 68/0 during the course of the clash is their highest against India in T20Is, surpassing the 66 posted in Wellington & Hamilton last year.