New Zealand vs India: Rohit Sharma takes stunning catch to dismiss dangerous Martin Guptill

Rohit’s superb catch came in the fifth delivery of the eighth over.

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Rohit Sharma. (Photo by DAVID ROWLAND / AFP) (Photo by DAVID ROWLAND/AFP via Getty Images)

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India had less than a week’s time to adjust to the windy conditions of New Zealand after beating Australia in the three-ODI series at home. However, Virat Kohli’s men showed that they were not in any mindset to give it up easily even after the Black Caps were off to a flying start in the first T20I in Auckland on Friday. Earlier, Kohli won the toss and invited Kane Williamson’s side to bat first.

Veteran Martin Guptill and Colin Munro opened the hosts’ innings and they put up 80 runs in less than eight overs to set up a strong foundation. Just when the duo was looking too powerful, India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma pulled off a stunning coach near the boundary rope to help his team see the back of Guptill (30 off 19 balls).

It was also the revenge of sorts against Guptill who had produced a brilliant throw in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup in England to run Mahendra Singh Dhoni out and shatter India’s chances of making the final.

Rohit’s superb catch came in the fifth delivery of the eighth over which was being done by Shivam Dube. The young all-rounder delivered a back-of-a-length slower ball and Guptill couldn’t gather enough power to pull the ball out of the field. As the ball went up, Rohit got in position at the midwicket boundary to catch it but the momentum saw him falling back beyond the boundary. Showing a great presence of mind, Rohit tossed the ball into play and jumped back to hold on to it to give India the much-needed breakthrough.

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Three half-centuries power NZ to 200-plus

The Kiwis, however, continued to score at over 10 per over and ended up at 203 for 5 in 20 overs. Three batters — Munro (59 off 42 balls), Williamson (51 off 26) and Ross Taylor (54 not out off 27) — powered New Zealand to a strong position. Five Indian bowlers took a wicket each with Jasprit Bumrah (1 for 31 in four overs) being the most economical.

Kohli will make another record if he can make 82 in this match. It will see him going past Dhoni to be the owner of the highest number of runs as the Indian captain.