India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Highlights Westpac, Wellington: A below-par India slumped to their worst ever defeat in T20 Internationals as New Zealand outclassed the visitors in all departments to win the first match of the series by a comprehensive 80-run margin on Wednesday. Batting first, unheralded keeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart blasting 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand posted a commanding 219 for six. With the crack opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) departing within the Powerplay overs, the chase became a difficult one and India were all out for 139 in 19.2 overs. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39 off 31 balls) did play his part but it was always an impossible chase with wickets falling at regular intervals at 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. (SCORECARD)

Highlights IND vs NZ, 1st T20I FROM WELLINGTON

15.57 IST: Earlier in the day, the Indian bowlers received a total hammering. Tim Seifert stole the show with a b breathtaking 84 from 54 balls and took the win out of India’s sails. He looks the best candidate for the Man Of The Match. Stay tuned for the presentation… No surprises. Indeed, it is TIM SEIFERT WHO HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Siefert says it is a great way to start the series and the boys are also very happy. Mentions they wanted to put the pressure on the Indians right from the start. Ends by saying that he played how he usually does and it came off well.

15.53 IST: Lock, stock and barrel. That is the best way to describe this game for India. Completely outplayed. They might have been in it for around 4-5 overs but the remaining 35 belonged to New Zealand. Chasing 220, 2 out of 10 times see the chasing side win. India fell in the other 8 this time. What will be disappointing for them, apart from the bowling and fielding is the way the batting performed tonight. No one stepped up, with only 4 batsmen crossing double digits. Agreed, that 220 was not that easy a chase but may be, the batsmen could have spent some time in the middle. Too many shots were played.

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15.48 IST: OUT! Maiden T20I wicket for Mitchell. He finishes things up. The slower one on middle, Chahal swings but misses, he is way too early into the shot. The ball hits the middle pole. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 80 RUNS! New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139-all out) by 80 runs to take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Southee 3/17, Ferguson 2/22

15.45 IST: OUT! Lockie Ferguson removes MS Dhoni for 39. Straight to the man. A short ball, Dhoni pulls but straight to Lockie Ferguson at deep square leg. So the only thing which was left worth waiting for – A Dhoni 50 – is not coming either. India 139/9 in 19 overs, need 81 runs to win vs New Zealand (219/6)

15.39 IST: OUT! Edged and taken! Another excellent catch by Seifert. Full and outside off, Kumar tries to squeeze it out but it goes off the outside edge to the right of the keeper. It is traveling. Seifert dives, sticks his hand out and the ball sticks. India 132/8 in 17.5 overs vs New Zealand (219/6)

15.35 IST: OUT! Tim Southee removes Krunal Pandya for 20. Once again the short ball does the trick for Southee. Too quick for Pandya. It is a well-directed one. Pandya looks to pull but is late on the shot. Hits the glove, the helmet and lobs towards the keeper who takes a nice catch diving forward. IND 129/7 in 17 overs vs NZ (219/6)

15.34 IST: FOUR! 50-run stand up! Not sure though it would make a difference to the game. Short and outside off, Dhoni hits it over point and it trickles over the fence.

15.32 IST: FOUR! But a brilliant effort in the field there by Santner. The first one though was a poor one from Ferguson. Southee bowls it short seeing Dhoni step ahead. MS goes for the pull, hits it towards deep square leg. Ferguson there is beaten by the away turn. However, Satner who runs to his right from deep mid-wicket does really well to dive and stop it. He though is not sure and he asks the umpires to take it upstairs. That is exactly what they do. Replays show that Santner touches the ropes with the other hand and it is signaled a boundary. India 122/6 in 16.1 overs vs New Zealand (219/6)

15.25 IST: SIX! Over the fence! Lot of muscle in that shot. Pandya comes down the track but the length is short. He goes on with the pull, not right off the middle but it is hit with power and it goes just over the mid-wicket fence. 16 from the over. Still below the runs needed per over. India 113/6 in 15  overs, need 107 runs to win vs New Zealand (219/6)

15.20 IST: SIX! That is gone. Full and around off, MS comes down the track and sends it sailing over long on! India 97/6 in 14 overs, need 113 runs to win vs New Zealand (219/6)

15.11 IST: OUT! Half the side back in the hut now, Hardik Pandya gone for 4! Another double-wicket over this for the Kiwis. This is tossed up even wider than the last one. Pandya still goes after it, hits it nicely but does not get the elevation he wants. Mitchell at sweeper cover moves swiftly to his right and takes a good catch. India 76/6 in 11  overs, need 144 runs to win vs New Zealand (219/6)

15.09 IST: FOUR! Over covers! Pandya has to go from the start and that is what he is doing. Uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and then lofts it with the turn over covers and into the boundary. IND 77/5 in 10.4 overs vs NZ (219/6)

15.07 IST: OUT! Ish Sodhi removes Dinesh Karthik for 5. Another one bites the dust courtesy a top catch by Southee. Karthik will feel a little hard done here. This is tossed up on off, Karthik goes for the conventional sweep this time. Hits is right off the middle, it goes flat and hard towards Southee at deep mid-wicket. He moves to his right and takes a very good diving catch. Sodhi strikes on his very second ball. India 72/5 in 10.3  overs, need 156 runs to win vs New Zealand (219/6)

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14.59 IST: OUT! Santner picks up another one in the over, Vijay Shankar departs for 27. In the air… taken! The pressure has got to Shankar and he departs. He needed to go but perishes in the attempt of doing so. IND 65/4 in 9 overs vs NZ (219/6)

14.56 IST: OUT! Mitchell Santner removes Rishabh Pant for 4. BOWLED ‘EM! Pant’s struggle comes to an end. Lovely change of pace once again by Santner. The last one was slow but this one was bowled at 94 kph. It is right in the blockhole. Pant is a little late in bringing his bat down, the ball sneaks through and disturbs the stumps behind. India in big trouble here. They probably need a miracle from here. India 64/3 in 8.2 overs, need 156 runs to win vs New Zealand (219/6)

14.45 IST: SIX! This is huge! What a shot from Shankar! Slower through the air on middle, Shankar goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it above the mid-wicket fence. A lot of risk was involved there as it was played against the turn. Vijay though has nailed it. India 59/1 in 6.2 overs vs New Zealand (219/6)

14.43 IST: OUT! Ferguson removes Shikhar Dhawan for 29. TIMBER! A corker of a yorker at 151 kph. Ferguson is pumped and not a lot Dhawan could have done with that delivery. Lockie comes steaming in and bowls it right in the blockhole. Dhawan is beaten for pace, misses his flick, it hits his pads and then onto the stumps behind. A much-needed wicket as this partnership was looking dangerous. A good comeback from the bowler after being hit for a boundary. Both the openers back in the hut and now the inexperienced middle order will be tested, just what New Zealand wanted. 169 more needed in 87. IND 51/2 in 5.3 overs vs NZ (219/6)

14.42 IST: SIX! Shankar is surely making it count! 18 from the over and this is the best shot of the over. Full and on off, once again the straight bat is out. It is lofted over mid off and it carries all the way. Such a delight to watch all the shots he has played in this over. India 46/1 in 5 overs vs New Zealand (219/6)

14.40 IST: FOUR! Vijay Shankar has really found his timing here. Also, he is playing with a straight bat so not a lot of risk involved. Slower ball and on middle, Shankar picks it and with a straight bat hits it over mid-wicket and into the fence. 12 from the over, need to make this one count, 2 balls to go.

14.35 IST: SIX! He has picked the bones out of that one! What a sound it made. Short and it is the slower one, Dhawan rocks back and dispatches it into the mid-wicket stand. Much-needed but they need to keep going. IND 27/1 in 3.4 overs vs NZ (219/6)


14.30 IST: OUT! Lockie Ferguson removes Rohit Sharma for 1. Huge, huge wicket for the Black Caps as we all know how dangerous he can prove to be. An excellent catch to dismiss him as well. The short ball does the trick for Southee. It is on the body, Sharma is a little cramped for room. Still goes for the pull, it hits the top half of his bat and skies towards deep square leg. Ferguson at first seems to have misjudged it but then runs in and takes a good catch diving forward. So Southee’s good work with the ball continues. A good comeback for him till now. India 18/1 in 2.2 overs vs New Zealand (219/6)

14.28 IST: FOUR! Scott ain’t learning. Bowls it short and around leg again, Dhawan just turns and lifts it over short fine leg for a boundary. Kuggeleijn under pressure. Tim Southee is having a word with him.

14.27 IST: SIX! This one has gone squarer, back-to-back sixes. A length ball on middle and leg, Dhawan clears his front leg and swings it over backward square leg. This time it’s far away from Lockie and goes all the way.  India 14/0 in 1.3 over vs New Zealand (219/6)

14.25 IST: SIX! Just over! Dhawan is off the mark in style, however, he would have had his heart in his mouth for a moment. It is on the pads, Shikhar flicks it towards deep square leg. Ferguson there settles himself just before the ropes, leaps but the ball goes just above him. Should get India going this. India 8/0 in 1.3 over vs New Zealand (219/6)

14.23 IST: A huge appeal to end but not given! Another full delivery on the leg stump, tails back in late. Dhawan goes for the flick but seemed to have missed it. The keeper takes it and appeals but nothing from the umpire. There sure was a noise but not sure what it was off. Nevertheless, a brilliant first over by Southee comes to an end, just a single from it. India 1/0 in 1 over vs New Zealand (219/6)

14.18 IST: We’re back! Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are the Indian openers. Tim Southee to bowl first up with a slip in place. Here we go…

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14.14 IST: Highest score for New Zealand against India in T20Is. Highest for the Kiwis at this ground as well. Boy, we have seen a run fest. And I daresay, it has just started. Crash, bang, pummel, slap, pound, clobber, clunk. That is what we got to see for a major portion of the innings. The move to select Tim Seifert worked for the Kiwis and he responded brilliantly, putting the Indians to the sword. He single-handedly took charge of the situation, smashing 84 from just 43 balls, with 7 fours and 6 sixes. The rest just about managed to touch 15, that too, due to the explosion at the end.

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14.09 IST: FOUR! Good way to finish the innings. Not sure if that was in the gap or due to Dhawan slipping, it went to the boundary. A full toss and on off, Santner goes down on one knee and slogs it. It is hit well and it seems in the gap. However, Dhawan out there slips leaving him no chance to stop the ball. Perfect end to the innings. 9 from the last three balls and 12 from the over. NEW ZEALAND END WITH 219 in 20 OVERS vs INDIA |

14.07 IST: FOUR! New Zealand though have started the second half well. All power this. Kuggeleijn sits back and waits for the slower ball to arrive. He smashes it through extra cover and into the fence.  NZ 214/6 in 19.4 overs vs IND

14.03 IST: SIX! All the way! 17 runs from the penultimate over! Kuggeleijn is playing an excellent cameo here. This is a top shot! It is full and wide once again outside off. SK lofts it over covers, the timing is such that it has carried all the way. 220 is now possible. One over to go, 13 needed. New Zealand 207/6 in 19 overs vs India

14.01 IST: EDGY FOUR! New Zealand won’t mind how they come as long as they come. This is frustrating though for India. Short and outside off, Kuggeleijn slashes at it, it goes off the outside edge and through short third man for a boundary.

13.59 IST:  OUT! Another one straight up in the air and Khaleel just about takes it. Taylor departs so the drop does not cost India a lot. It is outside off and on a length. Taylor looks to drag his shot on the leg side. Only manages a top edge. Another skier for an Indian fielder. Khaleel at short fine leg settles under it and just about holds onto the catch. Can India now keep the Kiwis under 210? NZ 191/6 in 18.2 overs vs IND

13.57 IST: OUT! Colin de Grandhomme departs for 3 off a full toss. But a lot of credit has to be given to the catch there, especially on a day where India have been lackluster in the field. Another high full toss to Colin de Grandhomme. He pulls it hard but gets it very high in the air. For a second it seems like the ball has cleared the ropes but then with the parabolic trajectory ending, a fielder comes in sight. It is the substitute Mohammed Siraj who does really well to settle under it. He also has to keep a track of where the ropes are. Judges it really well and takes a tumbling catch to his left.

13.48 IST: SIX! That just crosses the ropes! Right in the zone for Taylor. Full and on middle, he hits it high up in the air towards mid-wicket. It is in the gap though and it is hit well enough to clear the ropes. Ideal start to the over, pressure on the bowler.

13.45 IST:  SIX! Wow, that’s flat and all the way! Kumar serves it on a length and way wide outside off. Ross reaches out for it and rifles it all the way over extra cover. New Zealand 177/4 in 16.3 overs vs India

13.41 IST: OUT Williamson departs for 34, Chahal Strikes! India are making a good comeback here. Chahal drops it short and on middle, Williamson moves back to pull it over mid-wicket but it seems the ball arrives a bit late off the surface which results in him mistiming the shot. As a result, Kane doesn’t get enough meat behind it and Hardik in the deep takes the catch easily. Both the set batsmen gone, two new batters in the middle, now can Black Caps still finish on a high? New Zealand 164/4 in 15.1 overs vs India

13.39 IST: OUT! Yes, it is clean as a whistle! The dangerous Mitchell has been given his marching orders. Pandya finishes a very expensive over well. He bowls the full one and it might be the slower one. DM looks to clear the long on fence but it is not off the middle. Still, for a second it did seem like it would clear the ropes. Dinesh Karthik though who dropped one earlier. Takes it and then realizes he is losing his balance. Throws it up, crosses the ropes, comes back and in then takes it. He though is not sure and Mitchell continuous completing his run. The umpires now take it upstairs. Replays show that the catch has been taken nicely. Then they check for the no-ball, that too is fine. This is what India have to do if they are to stem the run flow. PICK WICKETS!

13.38 IST: Has that been taken? Karthik is not sure though, the umpires have taken it upstairs.

13.35 IST: SIX! 230 is possible if he keeps hitting like this! Another short one and Williamson picks the length early. He once again pulls it right off the meat and into the square leg stand. NZ 160/1 in 14.3 overs vs IND

13.33 IST: SIX! Dispatched! Williamson surely expected a short and he got one there. He was in position quickly, hits it right off the middle and over the square leg fence. 150 up for New Zealand and more than 5 overs to go. 220?

13.25 IST: OUT! Khaleel Ahmed removes Tim Seifert for 84. Timberrrr… No century for Tim Seifert. It’s an excellent delivery. Khaleel spears in a fuller length ball on off, Tim remains back to heave it over the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. India will be relieved to see his back. He was going bonkers in his knock of 84 from 43 balls. New Zealand 134/2 in 12.4 overs vs India

13.23 IST: SIX! That has gone deep into the crowd. Great finish to the over by Seifert. Full floated on middle, Tim gets the opportunity to sit down and hoick it over mid-wicket. 13 from the over, New Zealand are cruising. NZ 127/1 in 12 overs

13.22 IST: FOUR! Extra flight on this occasion, it lands full and wide outside off, Seifert reaches out for it and crunches his drive through covers for a boundary. NZ 121/1 in 11.5 overs vs IND

13.16 IST: SIX! Just over the fielder! Seifert is putting on a show here. Full and floated on off, Tim plays an inside-out shot and it goes flying over wide long off for back-to-back maximums. NZ 110/1 in 10.3 overs vs IND

13.15 IST: SIX! High and handsome! Krunal drops it short around off, Seifert wears his skates to run down the track and dismisses it over mid-wicket for a maximum. New Zealand 104/1 in 10.2 overs vs India

13.13 IST: FOUR! Finds the gap with perfection! A shortish ball on middle and off, Seifert jumps inside the crease to play the reverse-batted shot and does so aerially through the gap between point and short third man. New Zealand 93/1 in 9.3 overs vs India

13.08 IST: OUT! That’s a big wicket for NZ, Munro falls. Krunal Pandya provides India the important breakthrough. He shows the courage to flight it up and lands it on the fuller side on the middle. Colin tries to clear long on but gets more height than distance. Shankar near the fence catches it easily. End of a big first wicket partnership. Can India build on this breakthrough? NZ 86/1 in 8.2 overs vs IND

13.07 IST: FIFTY! This is maiden half-century for Tim Seifer. NZ 86/0 in 8.1 overs vs IND

13.03 IST: SIX! This is very poor bowling from young Pandya. Keeping short and serving it on the hips of the batsman, Seifert just turns and dispatches it over deep backward square leg for a biggie. New Zealand 85/0 in 7.3 overs vs India

13.02 IST: EDGY FOUR! Short in length around off, not enough room, Seifert throws his bat at it and the outside edge flies wide of Dhoni to the third man fence. Boundaries continue to flow.

12.56 IST: FOUR! That’s brutal! A slower delivery but on the shorter side outside off, Tim picks it early, goes on the back foot, waits for it and then slaps it through cover-point. 66/0 in the Powerplay, a brilliant start for the Black Caps. New Zealand 66/0 in 6 overs vs India

12.53 IST: FOUR! Up and just over short fine leg! Once again it’s a touch short and angling in on middle and leg, Seifert turns and pulls it over Khaleel inside the ring.

12.51 IST: SIX! POUNDED! Full and around off, Seifert gets down and slog sweeps it way over backward square leg! That was hit beautifully. 50 UP FOR NEW ZEALAND in 4.4 OVERS vs INDIA

12.48 IST: SIX! That’s gone the distance, it’s the second maximum of the over! The angle of the bowler assisted that shot. A slower one angling into the batsman from around off, Munro sits down on one knee and smokes it over mid-wicket. New Zealand 44/0 in 4 overs vs India

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12:41 IST: Munro takes on Khaleel, it seemed it was a plan. He smashes a couple of boundaries and a single, Khaleel comes back strong after getting hit for a couple of boundaries. NZ 13/0 in 2 overs. 

12:35 IST: Steady start from Bhuvi as he concedes just four runs of the first over. NZ: 4/0 in 1 over. 

12:29 IST: All in readiness for play to begin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar as expected will start with the brand new ball.

12:17 IST: For the first time in international cricket, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya will feature for team India together in a match!

12:10 IST: The pitch seems to be a paradise for batsmen. The spinners will get some purchase as well.

Playing XI:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed

New Zealand (Playing XI): Colin Munro, Tim Seifert(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson

12:03 IST: TOSS – India win the toss and opt to bowl first.

12:00 IST: Big opportunity to give youngsters a go.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah is also not going to feature in the series, which gives an opportunity to the youngsters to make a mark for themselves. Gill, who got an opportunity in the ODIs did not get among the runs and he would surely like to change that. By the looks of it, it seems that Rishabh Pant would also get a game and in all probability play as a top order batsman. After the eves lost by 23 runs in the 1st T20I against the White Ferns, the Men in Blue would like to avenge that defeat and settle scores.