After being given the opportunity to bat first in Ranchi, the Kiwis produced 176-6 thanks to the left-handed Conway's 52 off 35 balls and Mitchell's unbeaten 59. New Zealand, which lost the three one-day international matches 3-0, held the hosts to 155-9 and now leads the three-match series 1-0. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, the team's captain, shone out with figures of 2-11, while quick bowler Lockie Ferguson and fellow spinner Michael Bracewell also claimed two wickets.
As the batsman mistimed a shot to deep mid-wicket, Washington Sundar, a spinner, ended Allen's stay. Later on in the over, Mark Chapman was caught and bowled for zero runs. Before switching gears and smashing tearaway fast Umran Malik for two fours and a six in the eighth over, Conway took his time and raised his fifty in 31 balls.