T20I: New Zealand Wins in Wellington

By Dhanu Delphi on February 7, 2019

New Zealand opening batsman Martin GuptillNew Zealand beat India in the first T20 International in India’s tour of New Zealand. India lost by a total of 80 runs at Westpac Stadium in Wellington in the opening T20I of the series.

New Zealand Sets Run Total of Over 200

New Zealand set a solid run total with the help of Tim Seifert’s 84 runs off of 43 balls. The New Zealand opener’s run total included half a dozen sixes along with seven fours, somewhat unexpected from Seifert. Although India hoped to reach the target, it was not going to be easy to match the host’s 219/6.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opened with Rohit out after one run, and Shikhar reaching only 29. Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed 39 runs off of 31 balls, but this was not enough to keep the team afloat. Wickets fell rapidly leaving India with 139 runs in 19.2 overs all out.

Biggest T20I Run Total Loss for India

Until this match, India’s biggest T20I run total loss reached 49 runs. The loss took place when the team played Australia in 2010. The 80-run difference between India and New Zealand’s final scores makes it the biggest T20I loss for India.

Rohit Sharma commented on the game during the post-match presentation. He said: “We failed to get a good partnership. 200 was never going to be an easy chase.”

Krunal Pandya commented on India’s loss in the first of the three-match T20I series in New Zealand. He noted: “In the Powerplay as well as in the middle overs also, we gave away plenty of runs.”

Krunal felt that in addition to the quality batting from the Black Caps, India’s bowling was not up to scratch. “They batted really well, and we bowled a few loose deliveries as well. So it was a combination of both.”