India have started the Dravidian era with a 3-0 win in T20I

India have beaten New Zealand by 73 runs since head coach Rahul Dravid started his tenure.

Rohit Sharma, captain of the home team, scored 56 off 31 balls in a dead rubber match at Eden Gardens on Sunday to make it 7-184.

Despite Martin Guptill’s magnificent 51, New Zealand, runners-up in the recent Twenty20 World Cup, were bowled out for 111 in the 18th over.

“It was good to get off to a good start,” said Dravid, who inherited the coaching job from Ravi Shastri, who had beaten India in the group stage by the Black Caps after the World Cup.

“But we have to be realistic about this victory and keep our feet on the ground.”

“It was really nice to see some young guys come through.”

Batting first, India scored 69 runs in the first six overs and a strong score of 50 runs in the last five overs after the middle innings blip.

After Virat Kohli’s resignation after the World Cup, Rohit, who took over as India’s captain for 20 overs, got off to a great start with Ishan Kishan (29).

Mitchell Santner (3-27) dismissed Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav in the same over and then Ish Sodhi caught Rohit’s quick return to give the tourists some relief.

In the last five overs, Deepak Chahar scored 21 runs off eight balls.

When they returned to the defense, spinner Akshar Patel (3-9) stunned New Zealand by dismissing Daryl Mitchell and Mark Chapman in the same over.

Guptill refused to play, scoring a half-century off 33 balls to give New Zealand continuity.

The opener hit four sixes and contributed 51 runs out of 69 runs scored by the tourists in the first 10 overs.

But after Yujvendra Chahal removed Guptill in the 11th over, the game was in India’s hands.

The teams will now face each other in a two-match Test series starting in Kanpur on Thursday.

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