MS Dhoni Part Of A Dubious Record As New Zealand Thrash India In First T20I
Team India suffered a crushing 80-run loss at the hands of New Zealand in the first T20I on Wednesday. And the game was even more forgettable for MS Dhoni as despite top-scoring for India, he ended up becoming part of an unwanted record.
Bowling first, India ended up conceding a huge total of 219 for 6. New Zealand openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro fired on all cylinders. The two added 86 runs in just 49 deliveries before Krunal Pandya gave the visitors the first breakthrough by dismissing Munro.
But it did not bring any respite for India as Seifert went on hammering the Indian bowlers, thus setting the platform for a huge total. India finally dismissed him in the 13th over but the damage was already done. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Scott Kuggeleijn then played handy knocks to ensure that New Zealand fully capitalise on the strong start.
In reply, India were all out for just 139. The Men in Blue rarely looked in contention to chase down the total and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant all failed to get going as New Zealand asserted their authority over India in T2oIs once again. MS Dhoni top-scored for India, scoring 39 while Vijay Shankar and Dhawan scored 27 and 29 respectively.
However, with another instance of Dhoni’s top-scoring in T20Is ending in a losing cause, he has ended up making a dubious record. Dhoni has now ended up on the losing side after top-scoring for India in a T20I match for the fifth time in his career. During the knock, he also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals.
MS Dhoni top scoring for India in T20Is:
48*v Aus, Homebush, 2012 (Lost by 31 runs)
38 v Eng, Mumbai WS, 2012 (Lost by six wkts)
30 v NZ, Nagpur, 2016 (Lost by 47 runs)
36*v Eng, Kanpur, 2017 (Lost by seven wkts)
39 v NZ, W'ton, 2019 (Lost by 80 runs)#NZvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 6, 2019
Following the game, skipper Rohit Sharma admitted that New Zealand outplayed India in all the departments.
“It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. Didn’t start well and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase. We have chased such targets in the past and that is why we played with eight batsmen, but we didn’t have small partnerships and that made it tough. New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
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