Ind vs NZ 1st T20 Highlights: India lost the first T20I by 80 runs. Out to chase 220, India received an early blow with skipper Rohit Sharma getting dismissed for 1. Shikhar Dhawan was cleaned up Lockie Ferguson later. Rishabh Pant also failed to impress with the bat. Vijay Shankar played a good cameo but lost his concentration and gave away his wicket. Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya too failed to get runs under the belt. MS Dhoni and Krunal Pandya added 52 runs together before both were dismissed. India were bowled out for 139.
After being asked to bat first, New Zealand openers Colin Munro and Seifert got off to a flying start. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Scott Kuggeleijn continued to hit boundaries after Seifert’s dismissal and ensured the Kiwis breach the 200-run mark despite losing wickets at regular intervals.
"Fantastic performance all around. One of the complete performances you search for. Seifert was excellent. The bowling performance was outstanding. We had runs on the board but bowling and fielding were outstanding. [On the women's game] It was a great game. Throughout the series the two teams have followed a similar trend. Hopefully, they can do that in the next game and we can follow it up."
- Kane Williamson
| Losing skipper speaks
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. 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.
- Rohit Sharma
Rohit's run of seven successive wins as captain comes to an end - joint most for India alongside MS Dhoni (twice).
STAT: Biggest defeats for India in T20Is (by runs):
80 vs NZ, Wellington, 2019
49 vs Aus, Bridgetown, 2010
46 vs NZ, Nagpur, 2016
40 vs NZ, Rajkot, 2017
Man of the Match
"It was a great way to start the series and the boys are really happy. It feels great to go up the order, look at the first two overs and then go from there and put pressure on the bowlers. I have been selected for a reason and it feels nice to have backed my ability."
- Tim Seifert
Man of the match
Tim Seifert awarded the man of the match for firing 84 runs.
It's all over! India are bowled out for 138 and Daryl Mitchell gets the final wicket of Yuzvendra Chahal. India lose the match by 80 runs. This is their biggest defeat in T20Is, in terms of run margin.
WICKET! Dhoni has pulled a short delivery from Tim Southee to Lockie Ferguson at deep backward square. Full force of the bat, but not enough timing on it to clear the distance. IND 136/9
WICKET! Lockie Fergusion gets aother one in the same over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has edged the ball straight to keeper. He departs for 1. IND 132/7
WICKET! Krunal Pandya has been dismissed courtesy a bouncer from Tim Southee. He edged it to Tim Seifert behind the stumps, who took it cleanly. India 129/7
Cool as a cucumber from MS Dhoni. Just pitched it short and MS Dhoni stepped forwards, realised it was a bouncer. Used the pace on the ball to hit it towards midwicket for a boundary.
FOUR! A horrible effort in the field from Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson and the duo have allowed MS Dhoni a boundary.
BIGGIE! Krunal Pandya steps up to Ish Sodhi and pulls it towards midwicket for the maximum. India need plenty more of those to keep themselves in the hunt. For now, the run rate is 22.
15 overs gone, IND 113/6. Still need 107 runs to win in 30 balls.
Poor line from Ish Sodhi and Krunal Pandya has it hit towards deep backward square. Just falls short of Ross Taylor and it tricks him to evade him and run towards the boundary. 100 up for India.
BIGGIE! A six to finish the over from MS Dhoni and India reach 97/6 after 14 overs. India need more of those. Still need 123 runs to win in 36 balls.
13 overs gone
The run rate has really slowed down for India and the men in blue are just finding it hard to break the shackles. The asking rate has gone up by miles. India need 132 to win in 42 balls.
WICKET! Ish Sodhi bowls it wider and Hardik Pandya chased after it. Gets a thick edge and it flies to Mitchell Santner at mid-on. India are 6 wickets down for 77. This could get over way too quickly.
WICKET! What a catch! Dinesh Karthik had hit that low and hard and Tim Southee runs towards his right to pluck it. India are half way down. New Zealand are on the way to a win here. IND 72/5
10 overs gone
10 overs gone - India are 72/4. MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are in the middle. India need 148 runs to win in 60 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Next to come - Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.
WICKET! Vijay Shankar has skied a flighted delivery from Mitchell Santner and this is a big wicket. India lose their 2nd wicket in the 2nd over. India 65/4
WICKET! Rishabh Pant has been cleaned up by Mitchell Santner. Pitched it fuller, and Pant tried to slog sweep but completely missed the ball. IND 64/3
BOOM! Vijay Shankar goes after Mitchell Santner. He plays the half volley over the mid on and that has travelled miles into the stands. He is starting to look really good.
End of powerplay
It has been a mixed bag for India, the powerplay. Two wickets are gone - but India have crossed the 50-run mark.
WICKET! A yorker from Lockie Ferguson and Shikhar Dhawan has been cleaned up. He is thinking about Vince McMahon's theme song -because he had "NO CHANCE! NO CHANCE IN HELL!" to play that ball. India lose both their openers. IND 51/2
FOUR! Lockie Ferguson pitched it full and wide and Shikhar Dhawan just opened the face of the bat to glide it through the covers for another boundary. Brings up 50 for India.
FOUR! FOUR! SIX!
WOW! Two boundaries from Vijay Shankar and he is going after Scott Kuggeleijn. He has already hammeedred the seamer for two boundaries and a six. He is putting on a show here!
5 overs gone, IND 46/1
Teams chasing have won 75% of their matches at the Wellington Regional Stadium in T20s. Of all the stadiums in New Zealand to have hosted 10+ T20 matches - no venue has a higher win percentage in chases.
Lockie Ferguson into the attack
Lockie Ferguson is into the attack - he replaces Scott Kuggeleijn. India have promoted Vijay Shankar up the batting order. He has come down to bat at no. 3.
WICKET! Rohit Sharma has skied a short delivery from Tim Southee - but he has not timed it at all. Lockie Ferguson comes to takes it, dives forward and manages to pluck it. The Indian captain departs. 18/1 for India
AND ANOTHER ONE! Shikhar Dhawan has hit it squarer this time - this travelled the distance with ease. You cannot set up fielders for that. Genuine half volleys from Scott and Dhawan is having fun.
IN THE AIR... NOOOO! The ball has slipped through the hands of Lockie Ferguson. Fuller delivery from Scott and Dhawan has just flicked it towards mid-on. First six for India. Lucky one.
A huge caught behind appeal but the umpire was not interested in it. Kiwis do not go for a review. Slow start for India. Only 1 run coming off it. Scott Kuggeleijn out to bowl the 2nd over.
CHASE IS ON!
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out to begin India's chase. Tim Southee has the new ball. HERE WE GO!
A decent over so far - but Scott Kuggeleijn has hammered Khaleel for a boundary.
FOUR! A boundary off the last ball from Khaleel and Mitchell Santner has hammered it for a boundary at deep midwicket. New Zealand 219/6 in 20 overs. India need 220 to win.
SIX! Scott Kuggeleijn has hammered a wide delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a boundary towards mid-off. HE has scored 14 runs in 4 balls. He should get the strike in the final over.
Khaleel Ahmed to bow the final over.
200 up for New Zealand
FOUR! FOUR! Scott Kuggeleijn has struck Bhuvi for two boundaries. Both edges and no fielders allow the ball to reach the boundary. 200 up for New Zealand in 18.5 overs.
WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets the dismissal of Ross Taylor who skies a short and wide delivery. Khaleel Ahmed grabs it - he had almost dropped it though, but managed to hold on somehow. NZ 191/6
WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme has hit it miles into the air - where will it drop? No man's land? the crowd? or at a fielder? It finally drops towards Mohammed Siraj who takes a beautiful judgment catch in the deep. NZ 189/5
DROPPED! Dinesh Karthik has dropped another sitter - Ross Taylor had hit it straight to him and Karthik just let it go. Poor, poor fielding from India.
SIX! Hardik Pandya into the attack and he has been launched first ball for a six by Ross Taylor. It looked for a moment that Taylor has not got enough on the slog hit - but eventually, it cleared the distance.