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India beat New Zealand for the first time in T20I; winning farewell to Ashish Nehra

India registered their first ever win over New Zealand in the shortest format of the game as India beat New Zealand by 53 runs in 1st T20I match of 3 match series and took the lead of 1-0 in the series.  New Zealand managed to score 149/8 in their 20 overs. A winning farewell to local hero:

Before this Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put a record opening partnership of 158 runs and powered India to 202-3 against New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 international in New Delhi.

Before this match India have never beaten New Zealand in T20I. This was India’s first win in the shortest format against New Zealand

Invited to bat, Dhawan, who hit a career-best 80, and Sharma, who also made 80, put together 158 runs. The pair put T20Is third best opening partnership and India’s best partnership for any wicket in T20s, bettering the 136-run opening partnership between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir against England in the 2007 World Cup.

Partners Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
MJ Guptill, KS Williamson 171 * NZ PAK Hamilton January 17, 2016
GC Smith, LE Bosman 170 SA ENG Centurion November 15, 2009
RG Sharma, S Dhawan 158 IND NZ Delhi November 1, 2017
CH Gayle, DS Smith 145 WI SA Johannesburg September 11, 2007
MJ Lumb, AD Hales 143 * ENG NZ Wellington February 15, 2013

This was also Ashish Nehra’s final game and he got the kind of farewell he wanted although he went wicket-less but he will remember the game forever because he ended the career on winning side.

A few weeks back he announced an end to his 18-year old International career.

Nehra made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2001. 

He played 144 ODIs for team India and picked 157 wickets with 6/23 against England being his best bowling figures which came in 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

Nehra has played 26 T20Is and taken 34 wickets with 3 for 19 is his best bowling figures.

Ahead of the match, Nehra was presented with a special memento by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

Ashish Nehra given a memento by the team for his remarkable contribution to Indian cricket before the match




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