India in New Zealand, 3 T20 International Series, 2019
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Date & Time: 06 February 2019
RR: 7.18 | New Zealand beat India by 80 runs
That is all from this game then. India's wait for a T20I win in New Zealand continues - played 3, lost 3. They get another opportunity, come Eden Park, on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7 pm local (0600 GMT). A must-win for India, to keep the series alive. Do join us. Won't you? ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson is happy with his side's all-round display. Now, wants to come back after a day's break and do well in the second T20I. Praises Seifert and Munro for building a solid opening stand. Adds that the bowling performance was outstanding, along with the fielding and the good score on the board was a cushion. Feels special for Daryl Mitchell who bowled extremely well in spite of being on debut. Cheekily says that it was an all-round performance which does not come everyday.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma admits that India were outplayed. Admits the chase was never going to be easy and regular wickets made it tough. Says that they have chased down 200-plus targets in the past though. But laments the lack of partnerships in the cause. On the other side, he admires the Kiwis for batting well. On the decision at the toss in the second game, Rohit says that he will decide only after reaching the venue. As far as this game was concerned, Sharma says that it all depends on what the team is comfortable with and with 8 batsmen, chasing seemed the right idea.
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.
Earlier in the day, the Indian bowlers received a total hammering. Tim Seifert stole the show with a breathtaking 84 from 43 balls and took the wind out of India's sails. He looks the best candidate for the Man Of The Match. Stay tuned for the presentation...
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 maybe, the batsmen could have spent some time in the middle. Too many shots were played.
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.
FREE HIT TIME.
Khaleel Ahmed is the last man in. Also, Darryl Mitchell to bowl the last over.
Yuzvendra Chahal walks in at number 10, replacing Bhuvi.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in at number 9, replacing Krunal.
Tim Southee is back.
Lockie Ferguson returns. 2-0-14-1 so far.
Brother replaces brother. Krunal Pandya walks in. Bowling change as well - Mitchell Santner comes back on.
Hardik Pandya is in now.
Ish Sodhi is on now.
Three wicket-keepers back-to-back. First Pant. Then MS. Dinesh Karthik walks in next.
In walks Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Daryl Mitchell to bowl his maiden over in T20Is.
Appeal for a stumping. It's referred upstairs by the square leg umpire. Is Shankar's back leg on the line.
Spin for the first time in this innings. Mitchell Santner has the ball in his hand.
Rishabh Pant walks in next.
Scott Kuggeleijn is back on. Change of ends for him.
Lockie Ferguson to steam in now.
Vijay Shankar is the number 3 batsman. A bit strange given that they are after a big score here. Shankar's SR is 126 in T20s while Pant strikes in the 160s. Let's see if it backfires or proves to be a masterstroke.
Fine leg goes back. No protection in the deep on the off side. Kuggeleijn switches to 'round the wicket now...
Scott Kuggeleijn to bowl from the other end.
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...