New Zealand outclassed India by 80 runs in the first T20 International at Westpac Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The home team was earlier routed 4-1 in the five-match One Day International series. After being asked to bat, New Zealand rode on an 84-run knock by Tim Seifert to post 219 for six in their allotted 20 overs in Wellington.
Tim Southee claimed three wickets as New Zealand bowled out India for 139 in 19.2 overs. As India failed to chase down the massive 220 run target, by faltering at 139 runs all out to lose by 80 runs, it beat the previous worst defeat. India’s previous biggest T20I defeat, by margin of runs, was 49 runs against Australia on May 7, 2010. Since then, India have lost 11 matches while batting second but none by a bigger deficit.
MS Dhoni top-scored for India with 39 runs off 31 balls. While regular skipper Virat Kohli is getting some rest, theRohit Sharma-led squad is aiming for a maiden T20 International series win in New Zealand, following a record 4-1 result in ODIsand a historic tour of Australia. The preceding ODI series solved a part of the puzzle as India look to finalise their 15 for the World Cup.