Team New Zealand put up a much improved dominant show at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington versus Virat Kohli deficit Indian team on Wednesday in their first T20 duel.
India succumbed to New Zealand by 80 runs (worst deafeat by numbers margin) after being asked to chase a steep target of 220 runs in 20 overs. The Indian team were skittled out for 139 all out in 19.2 overs. Team India won the toss and opted to bowl first.
On a greenish pitch with the ball coming on nicely, team India’s chase falters to a steep target. The New Zealand pace battery scalped wickets one after another before some flair by Shikhar Dhawan (29). Vijay Shankar (27) did put some fight. And MS Dhoni with all partners failing had too much on his shoulders. Dhoni departed scoring 39 runs.
Wickets were almost equally shared by the New Zealand bowlers, while Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 17 in his quota of 4 overs.
Earlier, in the New Zealand innings, opener Tom Seifert blasted each Indian bowler all around the Westpac stadium. New Zealand wicket keeper batsman Siefert top scored with 81 runs and was beaten by pace by Khaleel Ahmed.
There were also decent contributions from opener Colin Munro (34) and captain Kane Williamson (34). The Indian team fielding and catching under flood lights was a sore view to sight. They did as many faults to help New Zealand keep the momentum.
All rounder Hardik Pandya picked maximum two wickets also giving away the maximum runs (51). New Zealand scored 219 runs for 6 wickets in their 20 overs.
Opener Tim Siefert was announced the ‘Man of the Match’ with New Zealand going one up in the 3-match T20 series.
Mandhana’s Record in Vain
Earlier in the day, Smriti Mandhana made history scoring a 24-ball half century in the women’s first T20 International with New Zealand at the same venue.
The Indian women’s team restricted their New Zealand counterparts to 159 for 4 in 20 overs. The Indian women’s team at 102 for 2 (11.3 overs) at one stage lost to New Zealand by 23 runs being all out at 136 runs in 19.1 overs.
Smriti Mandhana scored the fastest half century in women’s cricket which leapfrogged her to top of the rankings in the ICC T20 list of batters.