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“0% Lag, 100% Swag” Shreyas Iyer earns rave reviews as Ind beat NZ

Shreyas Iyer further gave a boost to his reputation as a clinical finisher by scoring a sublime 29-ball-58 as India started their 5-match T20I sojourn in New Zealand with a six-wicket victory on Friday.

Chasing a 200+ score, Iyer held the fort after KL Rahul (56 off 27 balls) and Virat Kohli (45 off 32 balls) had given the blazing start. The Men in Blue ultimately chased the total with an over to spare.

Indian bowlers also deserve credit here, having limited the hosts to just 203, especially considering the Eden Park stadium’s dimensions.

Earlier in the day, opener Colin Munro and skipper Kane Williamson had hit quick-fire half-tons to help New Zealand to 203/5.

In the second innings, the visitors lost Rohit Sharma (7) early after the opener tried to play get past spinner Mitchell Santner (1/50).

However, Rahul and Kohli ensured that the team was in a commanding position of the chase by putting a partnership of 80-run coming off just 47 balls laced with four sixes and seven fours as NZ struggled to contain the runs.

The Men in Blue crossed 100 in the ninth over courtesy of the duo’s partnership. However, they had their own good luck to thank for as well.

Rahul survived a sure-shot run out twice after NZ failed to hit the stumps while Ish Sodhi was unable to get a hold of a sitter off Kohli.

However, once the two were back in the dressing room, India’s middle-order was up to the task to finish the chase.

Shreyas Iyer first joined forces with Shivam Dube and then with Manish Pandey to score the remainder of the 80 runs with an over to spare.

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