1st T20I India vs New Zealand: Former India captain MS Dhoni bagged an unwarranted record as it was the fifth occasion when he was the highest scorer and it came in a losing cause. The Men in Blue were hammered by the Kiwis by 80 runs in the Wellington T20I. It was also India’s biggest loss in terms of runs in a T20I. Dhoni came in late when the asking rate was more than 12 per over, he looked in the mood to go after the bowling, but it was too little too late as he hit a 31-ball 39. Dhoni also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals in the process.

India vs New Zealand

India vs New Zealand

Chasing 220, India faltered right at the top as interim captain Rohit Sharma departed for a solitary run. Following which, Shikhar Dhawan was out for 29. He got a peach of a yorker from Fergusson. Once the celebrated openers departed India was always looking down the barrel. They could not come back from there as they were bundled out for 139.

“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,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

“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,” he said.

Trailing 0-1, India will look to bounce back in the 2nd T20I at Auckland and square the three-match T20I series.