The Indian cricket team led by the new T20I skipper, Rohit Sharma gave a stunning performance as they registered their first win in the ongoing 3-match T20I series against New Zealand. The Men in Blue put on a stellar show against the Kiwis and defeated them by 5 wickets.
Martin Guptill (70 off 42) and Mark Chapman (63 off 50) joined hands in the middle and took New Zealand to a competitive total of 164 for six on a good batting surface.
Job well done for today ??
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— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 17, 2021
India’s chase was set up by Rohit Sharma and his Mumbai Indians’ teammate Suryakumar Yadav, who walked in to bat at number 3 in place of rested former skipper Virat Kohli. Both the cricketers gave a stunning performance but couldn’t finish the game for their side.
Talking about Rohit Sharma, who was playing his first match as the full-time T20I skipper, he played a captain’s knock as he carried his UAE form in the ongoing series. He narrowly missed out on his fifty but set the ball rolling for his side.
Rohit went bonkers in the fifth over bowled by Trent Boult, smashing a couple of fours and a massive six. And just when Rohit looked all set to smash his half-century, Trent Boult a slower-ball bouncer from Trent Boult brought the end of his innings. He scored 48 runs off 36 balls. His knock was laced with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
After the match, during the press conference, Rohit talked about his Mumbai Indians (MI) teammate, Trent Boult, who he faced in the early stages of the run chase. Rohit revealed how Trent Boult used his advice to bluff him. He said:
“We (Boult and I) played a lot of cricket together and he knows my weakness and I know his strength, it’s a good fight between the two.”
“When I captain him I always tell him to bluff, and that’s exactly what he did. He put the mid-wicket back and put the fine leg up and I knew he was gonna bowl a bouncer and I was just trying to put it over the fielder but unfortunately there wasn’t much pace on the ball,”