Ashish Nehra gets emotional farewell at home ground

Ashish Nehra gets emotional farewell at home ground

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who both scored 80, put on 158 runs for the opening wicket as the hosts swept to 202-3.

India gave retiring fast bowler Ashish Nehra a winning farewell with a comprehensive 53-run victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International on Wednesday. The hosts capitalised on a blistering start to post a commanding 202-3 before restricting New Zealand to 149-8 to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. (Source: AP)

Captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan carried Ashish Nehra on their shoulders during a farewell lap at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. (Source: AP)

Put into bat by a New Zealand side wary of the dew factor, the hosts got off to a flying start with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma featuring in India's highest Twenty20 partnership. The left-right duo toyed with the Kiwi attack to plunder 158 runs for the first wicket, aided by sloppy catching by a New Zealand side usually renowned for their high fielding standards. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli (26 not out) also got a reprieve when Martin Guptill floored a catch in the deep and the India captain smacked three sixes in his 11-ball cameo. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi dismissed Dhawan and Hardik Pandya in the same over but could not stop India passing 200. (Source: PTI)

India later restricted New Zealand to 149/8 in 20 overs to win the match by 53 runs. (Source: AP)

Ashish Nehra didn't get any wicket in his farewell match but bowled with good economy in New Delhi. (Source: AP)

Left-arm paceman Nehra, 38, ended his international career at his home ground nearly 18 years after his 1999 Test debut against Sri Lanka. (Source: AP)

Ashish Nehra poses for a photograph with his family, and cricket captain Virat Kohli, right, at the end of his last international cricket match in New Delhi. (Source: AP)

Ashish Nehra looks on as Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan dance with his teammates after his retirement from all forms of cricket. (Source: AP)