New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell believes stand-in T20 captain Mitchell Santner is currently among the best spinners in white-ball cricket after the left-arm tweaker’s impressive performance in the series opener against India. are one. Santner returned with pathetic figures of 2/11 from his four overs for New Zealand’s 21-run win over India in the first T20I of the three-match series on Friday. Santner bowled brilliantly and kept India in control by bowling a maiden over to Suryakumar Yadav in the powerplay. “He is one of the best white-ball spinners in world cricket at the moment,” Mitchell, who was named man of the match for his unbeaten 50 off 30 balls, told the media after the match.
He picked up the wicket of the in-form Shubman Gill, who propelled India to a 3–0 clean sweep over the Kiwis in the previous ODI series.
Mitchell said, “He (Santner) keeps proving his class. It was a very special spell from him that put us in a good position to win. He has done this for a long time, we are very lucky to have him in our team.” is near.”
New Zealand got off to a stellar start with opener Devon Conway scoring 52 off 35 balls while Finn Allen hit a quickfire 35 off 23 balls to help the visitors set India a challenging target of 177.
Mitchell said, “I thought the partnerships that Finn and Dev (Conway) put together and obviously Glenn (Phillips) and Dev also allowed us to take the innings deep and we needed to put some pressure on India at the end of the innings.” Gave permission.” ,
“It was about constantly adapting, trying to find ways to put pressure on our bowlers.” On a spin-friendly Ranchi track, New Zealand spinners – Santner, Ish Sodhi (1/30) and Michael Bracewell (2/31) took five for 72 in 11 overs and India’s chase was derailed.
“The middle order was definitely challenging at times, especially with the spinners,” Mitchell said.
“I think it gave us confidence with the ball that with 180 on the board, if we can bowl really well and create some pressure and hope the dew doesn’t come down, we knew That we’ll be in it.” ballpark,” he said.
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