Rohit Sharma and his men witnessed an 80-run loss in the first T20I of the series in Wellington.
India got off to a disappointing start in the three-match T20I series after the ODI success earlier last month. The Men in Blue were defeated by a huge 80-run margin in the first T20I at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
India vs New Zealand 1st T20I
It marked India’s biggest-ever defeat in terms of runs in T20Is. The beating superseded the previous one, a 49-run loss at the hands of Australia at Bridgetown in 2010.
It was hardly an equal contest between the two sides as India’s middle-order again collapsed like a pack of cards after the top-order had failed to click.
Moreover, the loss also marked stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma’s run of seven straight wins in T20Is as a captain to an end.
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A T20 Fortress
New Zealand has a fortress of sorts when it comes to the shortest format of the game, India is yet to win a T20I against the Kiwis in New Zealand.
The Black Caps were phenomenal from the opening over itself. Openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro got New Zeland to a flyer.
Seifert then scored a rapid 84 off 43 balls knock. He was in sensational form, sending the Indian bowlers to the cleaners right from the first over.
Munro was also in sublime touch himself, slamming 34 off 20 balls to combine well with Seifert. The duo post a partnership of 84-runs for the opening wicket.
Kane Williamson (34) and Mitchell Santner (20) then pushed New Zealand past the 200-run mark to set up a big total.
Having been unable to stop New Zealand’s blitzkrieg, chasing a score of 219 was always going to be difficult for India. They lost wickets at regular intervals. From 51/1 they slumped to 77/6 within between the fifth and the tenth over.
MS Dhoni (39) could only helplessly watch his teammates depart on the other end as he tried to save India’s innings.
The next T20I between India and New Zealand will be played on 8th February.
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