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India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I at Ranchi, IND v NZ, Jan 27 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st T20I (N), Ranchi, January 27, 2023, New Zealand tour of India
(20 ov, T:177) 155/9

New Zealand won by 21 runs

Player Of The Match
59* (30)
Cricinfo's MVP
116.77 ptsImpact List
Full commentary
end of over 2011 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 155/9CRR: 7.75 
Umran Malik4 (1b 1x4)
Arshdeep Singh0 (6b)
Lockie Ferguson 4-1-33-2
Jacob Duffy 3-0-27-1

That's all from our side from this game. See you soon.

Daryl Mitchell is the Player of the Match: It was nice to contribute to the score and then I think the boys bowled really well. I think Devon batted well and allowed us to build on. For me, it's about trusting my skills and following the process. Not every time it comes off in T20 cricket but it feels nice whenever it does.

Mitchell Santner: I think it was a bit of a shock, how much it spun in the second innings. After lots of runs in the ODI series, it was nice to see the ball turn. I don't think we were ever safe [even after posting 176]. Daryl Mitchell batted really batted well. At the toss, we were thinking to bowl because it was dewy from the start but it never really got worse. The newer and harder ball was spinning a lot in the powerplay.

Hardik Pandya: No one thought this wicket would play like that, both teams got surprised but New Zealand played better cricket. The new ball was turning more than the old ball. The way it turned and bounced surprised us but till me and Surya were batting, we thought we would pull it off. In hindsight, we ended up giving 25 runs more than the par. The way Washington bowled, batted and fielded, it was more like Washington against New Zealand than India against New Zealand. If he and Axar can continue the way they are, it will help the Indian cricket a lot.

Time for the presentation ceremony.

Michael Bracewell: It got a little bit moist towards the end but otherwise there wasn't too much dew. "Disappointing one-day series, so it's good to bounce back. It's a short three-match series, good to go into the next game with a little bit of momentum.

10.29pm New Zealand finally register their first win on the tour and take 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. At one stage during the first innings, it looked like India would restrict them to 150-odd but Daryl Mitchell changed the game with a 27-run 20th over, bowled by Arshdeep Singh. That meant New Zealand posted an above-par 176. India didn't have a great start, losing their top three inside the powerplay. Hardik and Surya staged a mini-recovery but once the duo departed, Washington Sundar and Deepak Hooda couldn't keep up with the climbing asking rate. Santner was the pick of the bowlers, bowling a maiden to Surya and finishing with figures of 2 for 11 from his four overs.

Ferguson to Umran Malik, FOUR runs

full on the stumps, Malik swings his bat, gets an outside edge and picks up a boundary to deep third

Over the wicket to Umran Malik

Ferguson to Sundar, OUT

short outside off, Washington goes for the upper cut but ends up hitting it down the deep third's throat

Washington Sundar c Duffy b Ferguson 50 (28b 5x4 3x6 42m) SR: 178.57
Ferguson to Sundar, 1 wide

slower one gone wrong, down the leg side for wide

Ferguson to Sundar, no run

length ball around off. Mistimed towards mid-off. Sodhi charges in, puts in the slide but lets it through his hands

Ferguson to Sundar, no run

full outside off, carves it towards sweeper cover. There was a possibility for two but they don't even run one

Ferguson to Sundar, SIX runs

slower length ball around off, clears his front leg and smashes it over long-on. Brings up his maiden T20I fifty

Ferguson to Sundar, no run

goes short and Washington finds himself in an awkward position. Ends up hitting it in the air towards fine leg, well short of the fielder

33 needed from the final over. Ferguson to bowl around the wicket

end of over 1917 runs
IND: 144/8CRR: 7.57 RRR: 33.00 • Need 33 runs from 6b
Arshdeep Singh0 (6b)
Washington Sundar44 (23b 5x4 2x6)
Jacob Duffy 3-0-27-1
Lockie Ferguson 3-1-22-1
Duffy to Arshdeep Singh, no run

another back-of-the-hand slower one, on a length but well outside off. Arshdeep can hit it only towards deep extra cover. And the batters decide against the single

A virtual free hit for Arshdeep

Duffy to Sundar, 1 run

full and wide. Washington digs it out to the right of extra cover who puts in the slide and deflects it towards deep extra cover. Washington is happy with a single

Duffy to Sundar, 1 wide

Duffy tries another slower one but this one is way outside off. Ignored

Duffy to Sundar, no run

another slower one, short of length outside off. Washington wasn't ready for it. Had to adjust as he pulls it down in front of square leg. Refuses the single

Duffy to Sundar, 1 wide

slower length ball but way outside off. Washington lets it go through to the keeper

Duffy to Sundar, FOUR runs

full outside off and Washington goes along the ground this time. To the right of Mitchell at extra cover for another boundary

40 needed from 10. Santner is having a chat with his bowler

Duffy to Sundar, FOUR runs

length outside off, Washington is batting with an open stance, and smashes it to the right of extra cover for four

Duffy to Sundar, SIX runs

a slower length ball, 114.4kph. Washington clears his front leg, goes over mid-off, and clears the boundary

50 needed from 12. Here's Duffy

end of over 18Wicket maiden
IND: 127/8CRR: 7.05 RRR: 25.00 • Need 50 runs from 12b
Arshdeep Singh0 (5b)
Washington Sundar29 (18b 3x4 1x6)
Lockie Ferguson 3-1-22-1
Blair Tickner 2-0-23-0
Ferguson to Arshdeep Singh, no run

length ball on the stumps. Another play and a miss. Second maiden of the innings

Ferguson to Arshdeep Singh, no run

length ball outside off, pushes at it and gets beaten

Ferguson to Arshdeep Singh, no run

short of length, goes for the pull but fails to connect

Ferguson to Arshdeep Singh, no run

Ferguson targets the stumps this time. Arshdeep manages to put bat to ball, pushes it towards extra cover and sets off. Santner moves across to cut it off and lobs it towards the stumps. He misses; Arshdeep was well short

Ferguson to Arshdeep Singh, no run

short of length outside off. Arshdeep was already moving towards the leg side. Pokes at it and gets beaten

Arshdeep Singh now

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Over 20 • IND 155/9

Washington Sundar c Duffy b Ferguson 50 (28b 5x4 3x6 42m) SR: 178.57
New Zealand won by 21 runs
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