India’s batting never really took off against New Zealand as their heavyweight top-order was cornered by a magnificent new ball spell by the Kiwi bowlers. After getting four down with merely any runs on the board, the stage was set for the exciting youngster Rishabh Pant to repay the faith Indian management has put him in.
India’s ‘X-factor’ Pant, started off confidently as he showed his solid defense and also scored boundaries off loose deliveries. After doing all the hard work to steady the innings after the team was reeling at 24 for four, he gifted his wicket away to Mitchell Santner trying to go for the slog on the leg-side boundary.
After Pant’s dismissal, the tension within the Indian dressing room increased dramatically as skipper Virat Kohli was seem coming out of the dressing room with a furious look on his face to have an animated chat with coach Ravi Shastri. Kohli seemed to be incensed at the matter and the two were involved in a discussion captured by the cameras.