India vs New Zealand 1st T20I: Dinesh Karthik took a brilliant catch in the outfield to send Daryl Mitchell packing for eight off six balls. Hardik Pandya got the wicket but a whole lot of credit has to be given to Karthik, who showed off his acrobatic skills in the boundary ropes to complete the catch. Mitchell looked to loft it down the ground for a six, the ball was traveling. He probably middled it better than he was expecting. Karthik, who took the catch initially had a tremendous presence of mind to lob it back just before stepping past the ropes. Came back in and dived forward to complete the formalities. He had put down a skier earlier and has redeemed himself with a screamer.
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Earlier in the day, India won the toss and opted to field first. All the three wicketkeepers were picked and the Pandya brothers. Tim Seifert hit a 43-ball 84 and was the highest run-scorer for the Kiwis. Pandya emerged as the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped a couple of wickets. The Kiwis managed to score a mammoth 219/6 in their stipulated 20 overs.
It will not be an easy chase for the Men in Blue. The Indian fans would be hoping the star openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma get India off to a good start.
New Zealand Playing XI: Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed