IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

India 166 for 5 (Suryakumar 62, Rohit 48, Boult 2-31) beat New Zealand 164 for 6 (Guptill 70, Chapman 63, Ashwin 2-23, Bhuvneshwar 2-24) by five wickets

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

Daryl Mitchell is a seam-bowling allrounder who usually bats in the middle order, but for New Zealand's T20 side he's now an opening batter who barely bowls at all.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

Venkatesh Iyer is a seam-bowling allrounder who opens the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders, but on Wednesday night, making his India debut, he didn't get to bowl, and walked in at No. 6.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

When Venkatesh faced his first ball in international cricket, India were threatening to lose a match that had seemed unloseable less than half an hour ago.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

With six balls left, they needed ten to win. And New Zealand, having used up all their main seam bowlers, threw the ball to Mitchell.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

Mitchell had earlier been out for a first-ball duck. Venkatesh had not been required at all until this point. Now they both had the chance to be the hero.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

Neither took that honour in the end. Venkatesh swatted the first legal ball he received for four, but was out next ball attempting a cute reverse-lap.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

Mitchell got that wicket, but he also sent down two big wides that reflected his rustiness as a bowler.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

Eventually, it came down to three off three, and Rishabh Pant, who had struggled to 13 off 16, stepped out and swiped Mitchell over mid-off to put an end to what had become an unexpectedly close contest.

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

There had been fifties for Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill and Suryakumar Yadav, and a 48 from Rohit Sharma full of vintage strokeplay,

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IND vs NZ : 1st T20I 2021, Jaipur

as well as terrific bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin and Mitchell Santner, but the end result came down to the bit-part players.

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