Shreyas Iyer: We knew we could cover run-rate any time on a short ground

Shreyas Iyer smashed an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls to seal a six-wicket win in the opening game and once again showed his utility as a No. 4 batsman.

Shreyas Iyer has hit a purple patch against New Zealand.

Shreyas Iyer smashed an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls in the opening game against New Zealand.   -  AFP

Shreyas Iyer was always confident that a target of 204 against New Zealand in the first T20I was chaseable considering the smaller dimensions of the Eden Park ground.

Iyer smashed an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls to seal a six-wicket win the opening game and once again showed his utility as a No. 4 batsman.

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“We knew the ground is short and we could cover the run rate at any time. It was an amazing experience, this is my first time at Eden Park, looking forward to the same crowd and the same support again for the next game,” Iyer told the official broadcaster after the end of the match.

“It’s amazing coming overseas and it’s a really good feeling to win the game and being not out. We had lost two quick wickets and it was really important to build a partnership,” he said.

India will play the second T20I at the same venue on January 26.

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