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India vs New Zealand first T20I LIVE: Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul help India beat Kiwis by six wickets

Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field field in the first T20I against New Zealand. It is an important series for both India and New Zealand keeping in mind  upcoming T20 World Cup later this year.

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Shreyas Iyer.

A disciplined batting performance from Team India helped them win the first T20I against New Zealand by six wickets at Eden Park, Auckland.

New Zealand put up a good score of 203 runs on the board, but it wasn’t enough on a batting friendly wicket as KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer batted brilliantly to chase down the total in 19 overs.

India 1-0 New Zealand

Shreyas Iyer hits a six to finish off the game in style with an over to spare. India take the early lead in the five match T20I series and win the first match at Auckland by six wickets.

Shreyas Iyer reaches fifty as India nears win:

Shreyas Iyer is back to top form with a solid half-century. He hits a six off the first ball and then backs it up with a boundary off the next delivery to reach the mark in 26 balls.

Iyer keeps it going:

The required run rate is well under control as India need 29 runs from 18 deliveries. Shreyas Iyer hits a six off the short ball from Tim Southee. India – 175/4 after 17 overs.

Sodhi leaks runs in final over: 

Manish Pandey gets into the attack as he hits a marginally short delivery for a maximum. Shreyas Iyer gets a boundary with a cut shot as well. 14 runs from Sodhi’s final over. India – 165/4 after 16 overs.

Shivam Dube has to go:

All-rounder Shivam Dube holes out to Tim Southee at long-on off Ish Sodhi. India 142/4 in 13.2 overs.

STUNNER!

It’s Kohli’s wicket and Tickner has claimed it but the ‘stunner’ is all about Martin Guptill who dived forward to get the Indian skipper out for 45 runs.

WICKET!

KL Rahul skies a delivery from Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee takes a comfortable catch at long-on. He scored 56 runs off 27 deliveries. India reach 115/2 in 10 overs.

Fifty for KL:

KL Rahul smashes Blair Tickner for a six over long-on to reach his half-century off 23 balls.

Kohli, KL on song:

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul look in good touch as India are placed well at 65/1 in six overs.

Rohit Sharma departs:

Indian opener Rohit Sharma is dismissed by Mitchell Santner. He scored seven runs. India 16/1 in 1.4 overs.

New Zealand score 203/5 in 20 overs:

Bumrah gives away 12 runs in the last over as Ross Taylor’s unbeaten fifty propels the Kiwis to a competitive total.

Shami ends expensive spell

Mohammed Shami bowls a relatively decent over after going for 22 runs in his previous one. 9 runs from the penultimate over including a boundary.  New Zealand – 191/5 after 19 overs.

WICKET!

Tim Seifert batting way down the order than his usual position goes after Jasprit Bumrah on the second delivery he faces. Seifert gets deceived by Bumrah’s slower one and mistimes it to long on fielder Shreyas Iyer. Just fours runs and a wicket from the over. New Zealand – 182/5 after 18 overs.

Williamson departs fifty

Kane Williamson hits Yuzvendra Chahal for three boundaries in the over and gets to his 10th T20I half-century. Chahal bowls the last delivery away from Williamson and it goes straight up in the air. Williamson departs for 51 from 26 deliveries. New Zealand – 178/4 after 17 overs.

Taylor blows Shami away

Ross Taylor hits Mohammed Shami for a four and two huge sixes. The way Taylor is hitting sixes, he can clear any cricket ground. Brute power, strength on display from the veteran. 22 runs from the over. New Zealand – 165/3 after 16 overs.

Taylor manipulates Jadeja: 

First, Ross Taylor used Ravindra Jadeja’s pace to get a boundary, playing it away from the short third man fielder. Then, Taylor forced Jadeja to ball a little slower and his arc. The veteran gets into the position quickly and hits it over deep mid-wicket boundary and deep into the crowd. New Zealand – 143/3 after 15 overs.

Williamson goes big again:

It is hard to believe that Kane Williamson has hit four sixes in his innings already but not a single four. Williamson hits Shivam Dube for a flat six over deep square leg. 9 runs from Dube’s third over. Williamson’s batting at a strike rate of 200. New Zealand – 130/3 after 14 overs.

Jadeja strikes!

Ravindra Jadeja gets Colin de Grandehomme in his second delivery of the match. New Zealand: 117/3 in 12.2 overs.

The support at Eden Park:

Munro departs: 

Kane Williamson smashes Shardul Thakur for two consecutive sixes before Thakur gets Colin Munro caught at the square leg for 59 runs.

End of 10 overs:

New Zealand reach 91/1 with Kane Williamson and Colin Munro at the crease.

Munro reaches fifty:

Colin Munro reaches his half-century with a boundary that went off his edge. He took 36 balls to reach the mark.

Guptill departs:

Martin Guptill is caught by Rohit Sharma at the square-leg boundary off Shivam Dube. He scored 30 runs.

Spin attack:

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack in the seventh over and gives away just five runs. New Zealand: 73/0 after seven overs.

End of Powerplay: 

Guptill ends the powerplay with a straight six as the Kiwis reached 68/0 in six overs.

50 up for Kiwis:

New Zealand reach 50/0 in 4.3 over with Guptill on 15 and Munro on 31.

Big over for New Zealand:

Colin Munro hits two fours and a six as the Kiwis hit 18 runs in Shardul Thakur’s second over.

Shami introduced:

Mohammed Shami bowls a decent third over and gives away seven runs. New Zealand 26/0.

First six:

Munro lifts Shardul Thakur for the first six of the match over long-off. New Zealand 19/0 after two overs.

End of first over:

New Zealand 7/0 with Guptill and Munro at the crease.

First boundary:

Smashed through the mid-off boundary. Guptill got width outside off stump and he made full use of the opportunity to hit the first boundary of the innings.

Bumrah to start proceedings:

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has the new ball while Martin Guptill and Colin Munro open for the Kiwis.

Team India looks all set:

TOSS:

India have won the toss and have opted to field

Pitch report from Sunil Gavaskar: 

“It’s a boundary-hitting ground. No total is unchaseable. It looks a good pitch to bat on. There isn’t any grass on the surface. Seamers might not get much help from it. It’s a hard deck, so the ball should come on nicely to the bat and encourage strokeplay”

India vs New Zealand teams:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett

Full schedule of India tour of New Zealand

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CSK official reveals MS Dhoni’s plan on retirement

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday.

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The former captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MS Dhoni, hasn’t yet announced his retirement plan or whether he plans to continue his career in the IPL, but a CSK official has revealed a message Dhoni gave to the management.

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday. Both teams had 14 points each, but due to a higher net-run rate, RCB led by Faf du Plessis qualified for the playoffs. CSK fans were sad not only about the defeat of their team but also about the fact that they might see MS Dhoni for the last time in the IPL. However, a CSK official has revealed that he hasn’t commented on his potential retirement.

The unnamed CSK official revealed that Dhoni has requested that the team management hold off on any decisions regarding his retirement for a few months. He said that Dhoni himself hasn’t reached a conclusion and might be considering another season.

The official also mentioned that Dhoni felt comfortable with his running between the wickets during the IPL, a key concern for some fans regarding his age. Additionally, the introduction of the impact player rule in IPL 2024 might influence Dhoni’s decision. This rule allows teams to bring in a substitute player during the second strategic break, potentially offering Dhoni a more specific role within the team that is less physically demanding.

With Dhoni maintaining his silence and the possibility of the ‘Impact Player’ rule working in his favour, CSK fans might not have seen the last of their beloved captain just yet. The official said that the management would wait for Dhoni’s message on the topic and added that MS Dhoni has always had the best interests of the team in mind.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Rohit Sharma did not mince his words as he targeted Star Sports following the viral video clip where he spoke about his chat with Abhishek Nayar.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday slammed Star Sports for recording and broadcasting his private conversation. Sharma took to his social media platform on X and posted that in spite of asking Star Sports to not record his conversation; it was recorded and was also then broadcasted on air, which he referred to as a breach of his privacy.

This comes after a video featuring Rohit Sharma and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Abhishek Nayar went viral on social media platforms where Sharma is seen contemplating his future with the Mumbai Indians team. The former Mumbai Indians captain said, the lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation they are having in privacy with their friends and colleagues, at training or on match days.

Sharma expressed his concern over the need to get exclusive content which is focused only on views and engagement will have a negative impact on the trust between the cricketers, fans, and cricket.

The post has gone viral on X with 2.2 million views, 2700 comments, 13000 retweets and 73000 likes which are only increasing. Large number of Rohit Sharma fans and cricket enthusiasts commented on the social media post. One X user Archer said that he was surprised on the post by Rohit Sharma and did not see it coming. He added that it was great of Rohit Sharma for calling this out.

One X user Prateek wrote finally captain had to speak against TRP mafia star sports.

Another cricket enthusiast did not agree with Rohit Sharma and wrote that he hardly gave any content with his batting as a result they had to do this.

One Rohit Sharma fan Ayush felt Star Sports should feel shameful for what they have done.

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru beat Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs

With this victory, the Royal Challengers Bengaluru joined Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Sun Risers Hyderabad in the playoffs while Chennai Super Kings were eliminated, which means the end of the campaign for MS Dhoni for this IPL season.

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru beat Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs

Royal Challengers Bengaluru reached the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2024 with a 27-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. RCB made 218 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs before restricting Chennai Super Kings to a total of 191 runs for the loss of 7 wickets to secure the 4th and final spot in the playoff race and will the contest the eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad!

With this victory, the Royal Challengers Bengaluru joined Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Sun Risers Hyderabad in the playoffs while Chennai Super Kings were eliminated, which means the end of the campaign for MS Dhoni for this IPL season.

Earlier, Faf du Plessis hit 54 runs off 39 deliveries while Virat Kohli played a crucial knock of 47 runs off 29 deliveries. Rajat Patidar (41 runs off 23 balls) and Cameron Green was 38 not out off 17 deliveries which helped Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s cause. In reply, Chennai Super Kings could only manage 191 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.

The Chennai Super Kings came within touching distance. They needed 10 off the last two deliveries to qualify with Ravindra Jadeja, the batsman who had hit a 6 and 4 to win Chennai Super Kings in their 5th title last year, on strike. But Yash Dayal bowled two off-pace length deliveries to deny Jadeja and Chennai Super Kings.

This was after he was hit for a massive six on the 1st ball of the last over by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Yash Dayal then used his back-of-the-hand slower one to have him caught at deep square leg. The Chennai Super Kings not only lost the game but also failed to reach the 201-run mark, they needed to enter playoffs.

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