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Kohli hoping things calm down after Auckland victory

24th January 2020, 12:42 by Jack Ogalbe

India captain Virat Kohli hopes his side have set themselves up for their tour of New Zealand after winning Friday's opening T20i.

Fresh from an ODI series win on home soil against Australia, India only arrived in Auckland two days ago and Kohli himself raised concerns regarding his team's ability to adapt due to the significant time difference between the two nations.

India decided to bowl first after winning the toss at Eden Park and the Kiwis scored a decent 203-5 from their 20 overs, with Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor all passing 50.

Chasing 204, the tourists lost Rohit Sharma for 16 but a second wicket stand of 99 between Kohli and KL Rahul set them on their way before Shreyas Iver saw his team home with six balls to spare, recording a top score of 58.

The sides will now stay on in Auckland to resume their rivalry with the second of five T20s on Sunday, the first chapter in a series that also includes three one-dayers and two Tests.

After a less than ideal build-up to the trip, Kohli hopes things will start to settle down for his squad following their opening win.

"We enjoyed it," he said. "Just landing two days ago and playing a game like this sets it up for the whole tour."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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