Landing in the Southern Hemisphere just two days ago, fresh from an ODI series with Australia, India were perhaps more energised than jet lagged.
Winning the toss in Auckland, the comparatively smaller ground prompted Kohli to have his team bowl first.
As Colin Munro and Guptill began fiercely, fully targeting the smaller boundaries, a respite was given by Shivam Dube, a youngster with hoards of talent but little experience. Following that, there were occasional breakthroughs, however, the runs kept coming in. Shami and Shardul had an expensive outing, whereas Bumrah fared with the least economy, with one wicket in his bounty. The spinners too got one wicket each.
Chasing an intimidating 203, the Indian openers were off to a slightly rocky start, with Santner taking Sharma out in the second over. A healthy partnership began in the form of Rahul and Kohli, but when both fell in succession, the burden came onto the youngsters. Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey began on a precautionary note, but before we knew it, the required run rate dropped from 12 to about 8 per over, and Shreyas sealed the game with an over remaining, showcasing the might of young power needed in this format, and the responsibility that they successfully upheld.