India vs New Zealand 2019: Kiwis Thrash Men in Blue by 80 runs in 1st Wellington T20
In the opener of India vs New Zeland 2019 three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series opener, hosts bundled out the Men in Blue on 139 in 19.2 overs. Thus, continued their domination in the shortest version of the game. On Wednesday (February 6), the Black Caps won the game by 80 runs at the Westpac in Wellington. It’s also India biggest loss in the T20 fold since its inception.
For India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the top-scorer with 39 off 31 balls. With the ball, except Scott Kuggelejin, all bowlers were among the wickets. Tim Southee ruled the roost with three wickets in four overs. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner bowler superbly to bag two wickets each alongside Lockie Ferguson.
As many as seven Indian batters couldn’t cross-post the double figure mark. But they did rely on a brisk start even losing the wickets at regular intervals. India must be rueing the chances of not building the innings.
Well, the chase for 220-run was also going to be tough for the visitors. The Kiwis bowlers straightaway mount pressure on Indian batters by picking the wicket of interim skipper Rohit Sharma. India lost the first wicket at the score of 18 in 2.2 overs.
On the other side, Shikhar Dhawan (29) played some exceptional strokes alongside Vijay Shankar (27), but that wasn’t enough for the visiting side.
Batting first, the Kiwis put up 219 for six on board in 20 allotted overs. The wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert was the top-scorer with 43-ball 84 at the strike-rate of 195.35. His innings was comprised of seven fours and six maximums.
The duo gave Kiwis a flying start as both smashed nine fours and eight sixes between them. Overall, Kiwis batters recorded 14 sixes and as many fours in their innings.
In addition, the surface looked a pure feather bed with the shorter dimensions on each side adding miseries for the bowlers. But Men in Blue skipper Rohit had a different idea on an offer before the start of the game.
Earlier, Rohit won the toss and opted to field first. But the Black Caps’ opening pair in Tim Seifert and Colin Munro gave a rollicking start to the hosts as they race to 86 in 8.2 overs.
The Wanganui-born 24-year-old Seifert was a treat to watch owing to his attacking instinct which eventually put Indian bowlers on the backfoot.
The 21-year-old left-arm paceman Khaleel Ahmed has cleaned up Seifert on a peach of a delivery, but the damage was done by the promising batsman.
On the other side, Munro scored 20-ball 34 as skipper Kane Williamson upped the ante by scoring 24-ball 34. Team India skipper Rohit Sharma used as many as six bowlers.
Hardik Pandya, who conceded 51 runs in four overs bagged two wickets under his belt. However, rest of the bowlers claimed a wicket each.
In the middle, Dinesh Karthik dropped two simple catches, however, redeemed himself with a remarkable catch of Daryl Mitchell on the bowling off Hardik Pandya
At the fag end of Kiwis’ innings, Scott Kuggelejin smashed seven-ball 20 as the hosts went past the 200-run mark.
Brief Score: India vs New Zealand 2019
Tim Seifert 84 (43), Colin Munro 34 (20) – Hardik Pandya 2 for 51
MS Dhoni 39 (31), Shikhar Dhawan 29 (18) – Tim Southee 3 for 17
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