Today in a match between India and New Zealand at Westpac Stadium. New Zealand beat India by 80 runs in the first T20 International to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing a tough target, India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs. MS Dhoni top-scored for India with 39 runs off 31 balls while no other batsman managed to impress.
The wicketkeeper and batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart blasting 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand made 219 for six.
The Indian team was earlier routed 4-1 in the five-match One Day International series.
The opening pair of Indian team Rohit Sharma only made 1 run and Shikar Dhawan made 29 runs departing within the Powerplay overs, the chase became a difficult one and India were all out for 139 in 19.2 overs.
MS Dhoni made 39 runs out of 31 balls on the other end.
India had never lost a T20 International by 50 or more runs prior to this match. India’s previous worst was a 49-run loss to Australia back in 2010.
“We failed to get a good partnership. 200 was never going to be easy to chase,” said Rohit
New Zealand bowlers Mitchell Santner (2/24 in 4 overs) and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (2/26 in 3 overs) kept the pressure on Indian batsmen.
Senior pacer Tim Southee (3/17 in 4 overs) had the best figures among the bowlers and the best delivery of the match was bowled by Lockie Ferguson, who bowled out Dhawan.
On a pitch where Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (1/35 in 4 overs) and Krunal (1/37 in 4 overs) went for plenty, the Black Caps slow bowlers literally tightened the noose on the visitors.
While Pant didn’t do his chances any good, Vijay Shankar made 27 runs out of 17 balls.
The Pandya bothers, Krunal and Hardik, endured a contrasting day. While Krunal scored 20 runs out of 18 balls had an okay outing, Hardik would quickly like to forget the nightmare(2/51 in 4 overs and 4 runs) before India play the second match of the series in Auckland on Friday.