India suffered a defeat against New Zealand by 47 runs at Nagpur in their opening game at WT20 2016 on Tuesday. It was a low scoring game, where New Zealand managed 126/7 in 20 overs after deciding to bat first. In reply, Indian batsmen failed to chase down that total in against New Zealand spinners and were bowled out for just 79 runs (18.1 overs). New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner received the man of the match award for his outstanding performance (18, 4/11).
Below, are the statistical highlights of the game between India and New Zealand:
- India were bowled out for just 79 runs in this match which was the second lowest total for India in T20I. India’s lowest total in T20I was 74 against Australia at MCG in 2007-08.
- Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (17 wickets) became the most wicket-taker for India in WT20 surpassing spinner Harbhajan Singh (16 wickets). After picking up the wicket of Kiwi opener Martin Guptill, Ashwin has claimed that spot.
- New Zealand spinner Nathan McCullum (22 wickets) became the most wicket-taker for New Zealand in WT20 after surpassing former spinner Daniel Vettori (20 wickets). After dismissing Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, McCullum claimed that spot.
- In the power-play (1-6 overs), New Zealand scored 33/2. It was the lowest total for New Zealand in the power-play since the end of WT20 2014.
- India is the second team to lose their opening match in WT20 as a host nation. England had suffered defeat in 2009 WT20 against Netherlands in their opening match as a host nation.
- New Zealand spinners took 9 wickets in this game which is most wickets by New Zealand spinners in the international cricket against any team. It was also the most wickets taken by the spinners for any team against India in T20I; the previous best by the spinners against India in T20I were 5 and the team at that time also New Zealand in 2007 WT20.
- New Zealand team retained as well as increased their unbeaten streak against India in T20I. Adding this match, New Zealand won all the 5 meetings against India in T20I. New Zealand is the only full nation member, against whom India has never won a match in T20I.
- Luke Ronchi became wicket-keeper with most dismissals for New Zealand in WT20. He has now most dismissal for New Zealand WK in WT20 (9 dismissals; 6 catches and 3 stumps) after surpassing former New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum (7 dismissals; 6 catches and 1 stump). After dismissing Indian batsman Virat Kohli, Ronchi grabbed the top spot.