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Hooda takes four after Suryakumar's exhibition with the bat, India beat New Zealand by 65 runs

Hooda takes four after Suryakumars exhibition with the bat, India beat New Zealand by 65 runs

Mount Maunganui: After Suryakumar Yadav, the top-ranked T20I batter hit 111 runs off just 51 balls unbeaten on a strike-rate of 217.65, the bowling department of the Indian team also joined the club of exceptional perfomance against New Zealand in the first match of the series.

All-rounder Deepak Hooda took four wickets, in which three falls on the final over, while Chahal and Siraj contributed two wickets each as India beat New Zealand by 65 runs at Bay Oval.

India struck on just the second ball of defending 191 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar enticed Finn Allen to go for a drive and edge flew to running third man. Devon Conway and Kane Williamson hit six boundaries, including taking 17 runs off Washington Sundar's first over of the match.

But India bounced back as Conway mistimed a sweep to deep backward square leg off Sundar in the ninth over. Glenn Phillips hammered a four and six, but was clean bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal while going for a slog-sweep.

The scoreboard pressure then led to Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham holing out to long-on in quick succession. Williamson held one end but was in a painful struggle at the crease, unable to get the big hits and forced to go slow against the spinners.

As Mohammed Siraj caught a leading edge from Mitchell Santner's bat in his follow-through, the result was a foregone conclusion. Though Williamson got his fifty with a pulled six over deep backward square leg and then punched beautifully between mid-off and extra cover for four more off Siraj, it was too little too late for New Zealand.

Williamson's scratchy stay came to an end when an under-edge on a swipe across the line crashed into the stumps off Siraj in the 18th over. Deepak Hooda took the last three wickets in four balls to get a convincing win for India.

With this victory, India takes the lead in the series 1-0, as the second T20 between the two teams is scheduled on Tuesday.

-IANS with Inputs

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