Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, the Indian cricket team made a great debut in the series against New Zealand (IND vs NZ). India defeated New Zealand by 5 wickets in the first T20 (IND vs NZ 1st T20) of the series played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. With this win, he also took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. Indian captain Rohit Sharma said after the match that this victory was not as easy as he had imagined and it was a good lesson for the players of the team.
India achieved the target of 165 runs for the win by losing 5 wickets with two balls to spare. Rohit said after the match, 'This match was not as easy as we thought. It taught the players what to do and power-hitting doesn't work all the time. Some players were missed but other players got a chance to show their potential. We have to praise the bowlers who stopped New Zealand from going for 180, which once seemed possible.
At the same time, New Zealand captain Tim Southee said that his batsmen could not score enough runs. He said, 'Mark Chapman batted well but we could not score enough runs. The bowlers came back despite not having the expected start and took the match till the last over which is a positive thing. In the last few matches, we have had a great fielding performance which could not be replicated today.
In this match, Rohit Sharma won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat. New Zealand scored 164 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. Opener Martin Guptill (70) and Mark Chapman (63) scored half-centuries and made a century partnership for the second wicket. In response, Team India achieved the target by losing 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare. The second match of the series will be played on November 19 in Ranchi.