Harshal Patel has continued his excellent form with the ball in hand, even in the international. After becoming the highest wicket-taking bowler in IPL, Patel made his debut for the Indian Senior team on Friday and picked up two wickets.
The Kiwis got off to a great start as the pair of Daryl Mitchell, and Martin Guptill put up a great partnership of 48 runs in just 28 balls. After Guptill’s departure, Mitchell continued the excellent work alongside Chapman, and New Zealand scored 64 runs in the powerplay overs. That is when Rohit Sharma decided to bring Harshal on the attack, and he bowled a very economical first over by giving away just five runs. This started to build some pressure on the Black Caps, and later spinners too applied the breaks and reaped the results in the form of wickets.
Harshal Patel picked up the prized wicket of Daryl Mitchell to claim his first scalp in international cricket. It came in the second ball of his second over when Mitchell misjudged a slower delivery and ended up hitting it straight down the throat of Suryakumar Yadav, who took a good catch. Harshal got his second wicket in his third over when he came back into the attack to pick up the wicket of a dangerous-looking Glenn Phillips at the score of 34. He bowled a very economic 19th over to complete his debut, in which he picked two wickets and gave away just 25 runs.
The Indian bowlers put on some great display towards the inning’s end to restrict New Zealand for a tame score of 153. Rohit Sharma and India will be eyeing to achieve their first victory under the new head coach.
Fine performance with the ball from #TeamIndia! 👍 👌
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 19, 2021