Highlights, India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Hello and welcome to our coverage of India vs New Zealand first T20I match live from Eden Park, Auckland. Team India will resume their World T20 preparation with five-match T20I series against New Zealand. With the first match to be played at Eden Park, Auckland, a lot will be at stakes for both the teams. Team India will look to take revenge of the 2019 WC semifinal against the Kiwis. On the other side, Kane Williamson-led side will look to continue their dominating run against India in T20Is at home turf. Ahead of the opening T20I, Virat Kohli has already revealed that KL Rahul will open the innings for the team in the shortest format, which may result into Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson inclusion in the playing XI. Here you can follow live cricket score and updates of first T20I match live between India vs New Zealand live match. (Live Match Scorecard)
Highlights, India vs New Zealand 1st T20I: IND 204/4 in 19 overs beat NZ (203/5) by six wickets
15.45 IST: Southee to IYER, SIX! Iyer finishes off the match in style, India (204/4) beat New Zealand (203/5) by 6 wickets in Auckland, go 1-0 up in five-match series. Iyer 58*, Rahul 56, Kohli 45
15.41 IST: Southee to Iyer, FOUR! That's a shot from a confident man as he makes the room for himself and launches the ball over boundary rope.
15.36 IST: Bennett to Iyer, FOUR! Back to Back boundaries from Iyer, he is targetting the empty spaces on the leg side.
15.33 IST: Southee to Iyer, SIX! NATARAJ SHOT! Iyer slams it on the fine-leg for a maximum.
15.30 IST: Sodhi to Pandey, SIX! SIX! POWERFUL! Pandey smacks it hard over the mid-wicket to send the ball into the crowd for a maximum.
15.28 IST: Sodhi to Iyer, FOUR! Cuts away beautifully for a boundary, Iyer placed it quite well and that's the way he needs to continue further.
* From the current equation of 53 runs in 30 balls, both teams have equal chance to snatch the victory
15.18 IST: Sodhi to Dube, OUT! Mistimed and even a short ground couldn't help Dube in that as he departs early on 13
15.16 IST: Santner to Dube, SIX! Back to back boundaries and this it was a six over mid-on.
15.15 IST: Santner to Dube, FOUR! Straight down the ground and the ball races away for a boundary.
15.11 IST: Tickner to Iyer, FOUR! The batsman makes room for himself and launches the ball into the gap to get a boundary.
15.09 IST: Tickner to Kohli, OUT! BEAUTY from Guptill at deep mid-wicket as Kohli departs for 45.
15.02 IST: Sodhi to Rahul, OUT! Mistimed and the ball was in the air for a long time and Southee makes the right judgement to pick the catch.
14.56 IST: Tickner to Rahul, SIX! FIFTY! Full and Rahul slams it over long-on for a maximum. The six also brings up his 10th T20I fifty in the process. He has been song and the missed run-out could come back to haunt NZ now.
14.53 IST: Tickner to Kohli, SURVIVES! Top edge and it went high in the sky and Sodhi makes a complete mess of it. A valiant effort but couldn't get his hands on it.
14.50 IST: Santner to Rahul, SIX! Once again targets the area and slaps it over Santner's head and this time for a six. Wonderfully timed from Rahul. and Kohli is delighted
14.50 IST: Santner to Rahul, FOUR! Straight over the bowler's head for a boundary. Lovely shot from Rahul
14.49 IST: Mitchell Santner is back into the attack.
14.46 IST: Sodhi to Kohli, FOUR! Short and wide and Kohli rocks back on to his back foot and slaps it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
14.43 IST: Ish Sodhi into the attack.
14.42 IST: End of powerplay: India 65/1. Need 139 off 84 balls
14.41 IST: Benett to Kohli, FOUR! Short ball and Kohli stands tall and smacks it past mid-wicket for a boundary. Superb timing from Kohli.
14.39 IST: Benett to Rahul, RAHUL SURVIVES! Utter confusion between the two and New Zealand miss opportunities to run both out at either ends. Rahul defends and calls for a single and Kohli carries on and passes Rahul but New Zealand miss the chance to hit the timber twice and Rahul survives.
14.37 IST: Southee to Rahul, FOUR! Survives. Southee banged it short and it gets a top edge from Rahul's bat but over the short fine-leg's head for a boundary. Expensive over from Tim. 16 off it.
14.36 IST: Southee to Rahul, SIX! Southee bowls it full with little angle on it and Rahul just whips it off his legs for a maximum. Wonderful shot from Rahul. Absolutely outstanding.
14.33 IST: Tim Southee returns to the attack.
14.29 IST: Tickner to Kohli, SIX! Crisp from Kohli. Slower ball and Kohli launches it over mid-on, which was inside the circle for a six. Delightful from the Indian captain.
14.25 IST: Bennet to Kohli, FOUR! Brilliant stuff from Kohli as he launches the ball over mid-on for a classic boundary.
14.23 IST: Santner to Rahul, FOUR! WHAT A SHOT! It was in the air for a big-time but it's in the gap over mid-on for a boundary.
14.20 IST: Santner to Rohit, OUT! Rohit tries to slog sweep and gets the outside edge and the ball lands into Taylor's hands
14.19 IST: Santner to Rahul, FOUR! Over extra cover for a classic boundary.
14.14 IST: Southee to Rahul, Little bit of outswing and Southee beat Rohit on the occasion.
14.13 IST: Tim Southee begins the proceedings for New Zealand.
14.12 IST: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have arrived at the crease for the run-chase.
14.01 IST: Bumrah to Santner, SINGLE! New Zealand 203/5 in 20 overs against India in Auckland. Munro 59, Taylor 54*, Bumrah 1/31
13.58 IST: Bumrah in massive pain after twisting ankle
13.48 IST: Bumrah to Seifert, OUT! Slower one and Seifert didn't pick it well and founds the fielder at the boundary rope in Shreyas Iyer.
13.43 IST: Chahal to Williamson, OUT! Kane tries to sweep it but gets a thick edge and ball lands in Kohli's hands.
13.42 IST: Chahal to Williamson, FOUR! Short ball and Kane smacks it into the gap for a boundary and reaches his 10th fifty.
13.40 IST: Chahal to Williamson, FOUR! Kane finds the gap between covers and mid-wicket for a boundary.
13.36 IST: Shami to Taylor, SIX! Poor length from Shami and Taylor becomes the punisher with a massive six.
13.34 IST: Shami to Williamson, FOUR! Glances the ball to get a boundary and New Zealand are now eyeing 200 plus score.
13.34 IST: Jadeja to Taylor, SIX! That's Ross Taylor special over midwicket for a maximum.
13.32 IST: Jadeja to Taylor, FOUR! Cheeky from Taylor as he reverses sweep with 'reverse bat' for a boundary.
13.28 IST: Dube to Williamson, SIX! Short ball and Williamson pulls it hard to hit the maximum.
13.22 IST: Jadeja to De Grandhomme, OUT! Second ball of the match for Jadeja and he gets a prized wicket of Colin de Grandhomme as New Zealand lose their third wicket.
13.19 IST: Thakur to Munro, OUT! Short ball and Munro tries to pull it but didn't connect well as the ball lands in Chahal's hand.
13.17 IST: Thakur to Williamson, SIX! Back to Back sixes for the skipper as Thakur is losing the hold now.
13.16 IST: Thakur to Williamson, SIX! In the slot and Williamson slogs it into the gap for a maximum and the pressure is high on Shardul's shoulder now.
13.13 IST: Chahal to Munro, FOUR! Sweeps it beautifully and the ball lands into the gap in the deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
13.11 IST: Chahal to Munro, FOUR! Munro reaches his 10th T20I fifty with a cheeky boundary.
13.00 IST: Dube to Guptill, OUT! Guptill drags the ball in the air and Rohit picks a good catch at the boundary line.
12.57 IST: Dube to Munro, FOUR! Munro plays it soft hand and lofts the ball down the ground for a boundary.
12.51 IST: Shami to Guptill, SIX! Guptill lofts it straight with pure timing and the ball lands into the crowd for a maximum.
12.47 IST: Shami to Guptill, FOUR! Short ball and glances the ball for a boundary.
12.42 IST: Bumrah to Munro, FOUR! Poor stuff from Shardul at the boundary rope as New Zealand gets a boundary.
12.38 IST: Thakur to Munro, FOUR! The batsman dances down the ground and pushes the ball for a boundary.
12.35 IST: Shami to Munro, FOUR! Short ball and Munro pulls it beautifully for a boundary in the gap.
12.31 IST: Thakur to Munro, SIX! First biggie of the match and it was not that well-timed but the short boundaries helped the batsman to get a six,
12.28 IST: Thakur to Guptill, FOUR! On the pads and boundary as Guptill glances the ball very fine in the gap.
12.23 IST: Bumrah to Guptill, FOUR! It was full upfront and Guptill pushes it hard to open the account with a boundary
* Bumrah to start the proceedings for India
12.14 IST: Both teams are out for the national anthem
11.58 IST: India Playing XI
11.53 IST: New Zealand Playing XI
11.50 IST: Indian skipper Virat Kohli wins the toss and opt to bowl against New Zealand.
11.34 IST: Team India is ready to kickstart New Zealand tour on a positive note
11.32 IST: The toss will take place at 11.50 AM
IND vs NZ Match Preview: Buoyed by their emphatic series win over Australia, Team India will now go ahead with their T20 World Cup preparations when they face New Zealand in the first T20I of the five-match series at the Eden Park on Friday. India's World Cup dreams ended agonisingly at the hands of the Kiwis in the semi-final last July where they suffered a crushing defeat in Manchester. With the loss still hurting, there could be no better revenge for Virat Kohli's men than beating the Black Caps in their own backyard. However, Kohli has already insisted that the team is not thinking about revenge. (Read full match Preview)