The first match of the five-match T20I series between India and New Zealand on Friday totally belonged to India. The hosts, in fact, had to face a six-wicket defeat against the visiting team. Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first at Eden Park, Auckland.
New Zealand gave India a target of 204 runs but the Indian team reached there with one over to spare. Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli himself were the star performers in the Indian run chase.
Virat is sweating it out in the gym
Virat missed out on yet another half-century in T20I cricket on Friday as he was dismissed for 45. However, Virat is happy since his 45 came in the winning cause for the team. The second encounter will be played at the same venue on Sunday.
Prior to this big match, the Indian captain has been sweating it out in the gym. Virat posted a picture on his Instagram handle on Saturday in which he is seen working out in the gym with the caption, ‘No days off.’ The picture clearly shows that India is not taking New Zealand lightly.
Although India has taken a lead in the series, New Zealand have the capability to come back strong and Virat would not want to drop down the intensity levels and wants to remain at the top of his fitness on Sunday.
Two teammates chilling
While Virat Kohli shared an Instagram story from his workout, some of his teammates are in a mood to relax. Post the match, Yuzvendra Chahal shared a picture from his Instagram account in which he can be seen having some fun off the field with his national teammate Pant.
‘Just the two team mates – chilling,’ Chahal captioned the post.
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Notably, Pant could not find a place for himself in the Playing XI in the first T20. Ever since KL Rahul has been given the additional responsibility of being the wicketkeeper, India seem to have found the balance that they were looking for which means Pant may not be in the XI even in the second T20 on Sunday.