In the recently concluded India vs New Zealand 1st T20I, MS Dhoni became the top-scorer for the team with 39 runs but ended up on the losing side. New Zealand defeated India by 80 runs in the first T20 international in Wellington on Wednesday.
MS Dhoni became a part of an unfortunate record
Once again, ex-skipper Dhoni unwillingly became a part of an unwarranted record as India could not win the match the losing despite Dhoni top scoring for the team.
This is the fifth time in his career that Dhoni has ended up on the losing side even after top-scoring for India in the T20I match.
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Putting his best foot forward, Dhini played extremely well in India’s run chase of 220 in 20 overs, by scoring a quickfire 39 off 31 balls.
But he kept losing partners at the other end as the visitors eventually folded men in blue for 139 in 19.2 overs.
Dhoni also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals during his knock which included five boundaries and a six.
What skipper Rohit Sharma said on India’s defeat
This was the heaviest run loss for India while chasing a target in the T20 format. Rohit Sharma, India’s stand-in captain also appeared to lose his unbeatable streak.
Rohit had matched Dhoni’s record of seven successive wins as India’s T20I captain before this result. Dhoni had achieved the feat twice during his time as the skipper.
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The hope to win was somewhat less when the Indian team lost the top five batsmen inside 11 covers. In the following overs, Dhoni tried his best to stage a fightback but India was always behind the asking rate.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit had said, “It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We 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.”
He further added, “We need to go to Auckland, look at the conditions and take it from there. As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen, but we just couldn’t do it tonight.”
New Zealand gave a tough time to the Indian team as their bowlers restricted India to 139. Tim Southee picking 3 wickets while Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi bagged two wickets each. Debutant Daryl Mitchell also contributed with one wicket.
Brief Scores – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take a 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22).
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