Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan blasted 80 each as India reached 202/3. In response, Indian cricket team’s bowlers put up a magnificent performance with the ball as they restricted New Zealand and won by 53 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan hit the highest opening stand for India in Twenty20 internationals as the hosts took on New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. The duo forged a stand of 158 for the first wicket from 98 balls.

The previous best was 136 between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir against England in Durban in 2007. The stand was finally broken when Dhawan fell for 80 in the 17th over to Ish Sodhi.

This was also the third highest opening stand in T20Is. The highest is between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. They put on 171* against Pakistan at Hamilton in 2016. Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman are second in the list with a 170-run stand against England at Centurion in 2009.

Bat first, India got off to a slow start after Mitchell Santer’s first over, where he gave away just two runs. But, after that, the two openers, who were both given second lives flourished. Dhawan was dropped on 8 by Santner off Trent Boult in the second over while Rohit was dropped on 16 by Tim Southee off Colin De Grandhomme when India were 48/0 and the duo made the most of it.

They kicked on from there and put away every ball bowled. Dhawan struck his fifty off 37 balls while Rohit took 42 balls to bring up his 50. They continued to attack before Dhawan fell 80.

However continued the good work and kept on toying with the Kiwi attack but he too failed to convert it into a hundred as he departed for 80 from 55 balls to Boult

Rohit smashed six fours and four sixes so while Dhawan hammered 10 boundaries and two maximums.

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