India vs New Zealand, 1st T20 Highlights: Kiwis win opening T20I by 80 runs; India record worst loss

Live updates: India lose by 80 runs, their worst by run margin. India managed to score just 139 after the Kiwis finished on 219/6. Rohit Sharma had won the toss and decided to have a bowl. Kuldeep Yadav had been rested and Krunal Pandya had joined Chahal as the spin partner. (Full scorecard

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India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Live score and updates(AFP)
India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Live score and updates(AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2019 04:46 PM IST
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15:46 hrs IST

India lose by 80 runs

Chahal is bowled by Mitchell as the Indians are all out for 139. This is the biggest loss for India by run margin. The Indians could have definitely done better at the top of the innings. The early losses hurt them and the wicket became a little difficult to bat on as the game progressed.

15:45 hrs IST

End of Dhoni’s innings

Southee bowls that short and Dhoni pulls that straight to the fielder at deep square leg. Dhoni goes for 39 as the Indians are out of this game. The question now is that whether they can bat the full 20 overs. That was almost a practice to the fielder.

15:40 hrs IST

Ferguson sends back Bhuvi

There goes another one as the Indian players are now just waiting for this game to get over. They are no longer in the chase and it is all about batting out the remaining balls. Two overs left in the game and Dhoni would at least want to finish with some respectability for the team.

15:35 hrs IST

Southee gets Krunal Pandya

That was almost the perfect bouncer as the ball takes the glove before lobbing up for the wicket-keeper to take a diving catch. The Indians are almost done with the chase here as the required rate moves closer to the 30 runs per over mark.

15:30 hrs IST

102 needed off last 4

Can MS Dhoni and Krunal Pandya do the impossible here? The Dhoni of old would have loved to believe that he can. But what about the Dhoni of present? Kiwis will still want to send MSD back into the hut to breathe easy. Williamson would have seen enough of him in the last edition of the IPL.

15:20 hrs IST

Dhoni hits first six of his innings

Not able to play aggressively due to the constant loss of wickets at the other end, Dhoni finally breaks free and sends Santner into the long-on stand. Will Dhoni pull out a miracle chase here? Things going to get only more difficult from here as the spinners are having a good time on this wicket.

15:10 hrs IST

Sodhi gets DK and Pandya

No DK show tonight as Sodhi gets his man, caught well by Southee in the deep. Sweeps that and finds the fielder. India have their task cut out now as Hardik Pandya also walks back as he hits that straight to wide extra cover and another good catch here and this time it is the debutant Mitchell.

15:00 hrs IST

Santner gets Pant and Shankar

India in trouble as Pant goes trying too many things in the middle. Trying the reverse sweep and missing and then failing to see off the full ball from Santner as he goes for 4. Shankar needs partners at the other end to make this chase possible. India’s score reads 64/3. But that is not all. Santner now gets Shankar too in the same over. The score reads 65/4.

14:43 hrs IST

Ferguson ends Dhawan’s stay

A brilliant yorker that first hits Dhawan’s toe and then crashes into the stumps at 151 kph. This was a quality ball and Dhawan goes for 29. This is not how the Indians would have wanted the chase to start. Pant joins Shankar in the middle. The score reads 51/2.

14:40 hrs IST

Vijay Shankar showing his hitting prowess

18 runs from the over as Shankar is showing that he can hit the ball with as much ease as he can stand tall in the middle in trying conditions. Quite a surprise move to get him to come as the No.3 batsman, but so far so good for the Indians as Shankar and Dhawan are both looking to stay positive. India’s score reads 46/1 after 5 overs.

14:30 hrs IST

Southee sends back skipper Rohit

Rohit Sharma failed to settle down and the otherwise vintage pull does not hit the middle of the bat and Lockie Ferguson picks up a blinder at the square leg boundary. Runs in and put in the dive. The New Zealand players are celebrating as they know the need of getting early wickets here. Rohit goes for 1.

14:25 hrs IST

Dhawan dealing in sixes

Back to back sixes for the India opener as Dhawan is looking to punish anything on the leg stump. This is ordinary bowling here from the Kiwi bowlers and they must get their line right. If India chases this total down this would be IND’s highest successful chase in T20Is.

14:17 hrs IST

Rohit and Shikhar take strike

Can India pull this one off? Chasing 220 is no easy task, but the duo of Rohit and Dhawan can do the impossible if they manage to settle down here. The wicket has been a belter and the pace has increased further with each passing over. But handling the swing will also be important for these two.

14:07 hrs IST

Kiwis finish with a boundary

Khaleel’s good last over turns average as New Zealand finish with a boundary to pick 12 runs from the over. Two boundaries and four singles makes it a quality over to end. The wicket looks to have eased out further and the pace has improved and that could be just how Rohit and Dhawan would want the wicket to play. India will need 220 runs to win the opening T20I.

14:02 hrs IST

DK takes the catch of the season

Dinesh Karthik takes an absolute blinder in Wellington. Watch

13:56 hrs IST

Bhuvneshwar gets Taylor

That one almost stuck on the top of the nails for Khaleel as Bhuvneshwar gets the all-important wicket of Taylor. The senior pro goes for a 14-ball 23 and the Indians are finishing really well here in the death overs. What looked like the total would cross 220 is now looking like will end on 210.

13:55 hrs IST

Pandya gets Grandhomme

After DK drops a sitter to give Taylor a life, Siraj comes up with a brilliant catch under lights to send back Grandhomme. Pandya wears a look of relief on his face. Taylor though is looking in brilliant form here and the Kiwis will want the former skipper to stay at the crease till the end of the innings.

13:50 hrs IST

Taylor looking in good form

Typical Taylor show towards the end of the Kiwi innings as he first goes leg side to pick a double and then follows that up with a flat batted six over covers. Clearly the wicket is pacing up and that is a good sign for the Indian openers who will have their task cut out. Taylor will want to finish on a high.

13:40 hrs IST

Kiwis lose two in two

Mitchell goes first, caught brilliantly at the long-on boundary by DK for 8 and then Chahal gets Williamson, caught well by Pandya for 34. This is just how the Indians would have wanted the death overs to start. Ross Taylor had just come to the crease and now there will be two new batsmen at the crease. Not the situation NZ would have wanted to be in after the start they got.

13:35 hrs IST

Williamson looking in fine touch

The Kiwi skipper first brings up the team’s 150 with a six and then hits another one to show that he is shifting gears as the death overs are round the corner. This is quality batting from the New Zealand batsmen as they are mixing the boundaries with the quick ones and twos. Hardik Pandya clearly losing the plot here.

13:25 hrs IST

Khaleel cleans up Seifert

Not the perfect yorker by any stretch of imagination, but the job has been done. Khaleel gets Seifert for a well made 84 off just 43 balls. The Indians will now look to pick a few quick wickets to slow down the scoring rate. The Indian fans are celebrating in the stands.

13:20 hrs IST

Seifert show on display

The batsman definitely knows that it cannot get bigger than this. He is looking to shine on the biggest stage and has slowly moved towards his 100 here. He has looked to put every bad ball away and with proper cricketing shots here. The comparisons with Brendon McCullum definitely not something far off.

13:09 hrs IST

Krunal strikes

Tossed up ball, Munro looks to belt it over the top, does not time it well enough and is caught by the man at long on, right on the boundary ropes

13:06 hrs IST

84 in 8 overs

This is slipping away from India. Rohit needs to decrease the pace of the game and look for that first wicket. Krunal continues

13:00 hrs IST

Pandya brothers into the attack

First Krunal and then Hardik. Rohit has turned to the brothers to help India out of this blitz from the Kiwi batsmen. The two New Zealand openers have made the most of the powerplay and have put in 66 runs into the kitty in the first 6 overs. The Indian bowlers need to pull things back fast here.

12:50 hrs IST

Munro making his intentions clear

16 runs from the Khaleel over now with Munro starting the over with two sixes. There is no stopping the Kiwi openers here as both batsmen are looking to make most of the powerplay. Khaleel has been guilty of bowling it in the areas that Munro likes. The Indians have to find a quick fix to this. NZ’s score reads 44/0 after 4 overs.

12:45 hrs IST

Tim Seifert showing his class

Tim Seifert is taking the attack to the Indian bowlers and has hit Bhuvneshwar for a six and a boundary and ends with 15 runs from the over. The Kiwis are on a roll here for sure and looking to take the attack to the Indians. They realise the need to start well and make use of the Powerplay.

12:40 hrs IST

Munro gets stuck into Khaleel

Even as Bhuvneshwar started well, Khaleel has been sent to the cleaners by Munro. 9 runs coming from the Khaleel over after Bhuvi gave away just 4. The Indian bowlers need to be clear here that they cannot let the Kiwi batsmen get a feel of conditions inside the powerplay.

12:30 hrs IST

Bhuvneshwar starts proceedings for India

Bhuvi gets the new ball from captain Rohit Sharma and Colin Munro is opening the batting for the Kiwis. Dhoni can already be heard shouting out instructions from behind the wicket. India will want early wickets here so that the Kiwi batsmen don’t get a chance to settle down. A good wicket by the looks of it.

12:12 hrs IST

Playing XIs

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

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

12:03 hrs IST

Rohit calls correctly

Rohit: We’re bowling first. We have had a good record chasing. Gives us another opportunity to see how we can bat second. Looks like a good pitch. Like I said on the 5th ODI, we wanted to bat second as there was some moisture on the pitch and challenge them. A lot of the guys who have played ODIs have gone back. Guys like Rishabh and Krunal are back and we need to give them some chances.

12:01 hrs IST

What do you reckon, skipper?

11:38 hrs IST

Impact of Rohit Sharma

Rohit needs just 36 runs to become the leading run-scorer in T20Is. Martin Guptill leads the pack, but the opener has been ruled out of the series owing to an injury which makes this series a great opportunity for the skipper to be the number 1 run-getter in this format.

11:33 hrs IST

Which team should India play

We have tried to cobble up a combination, and we believe Khaleel will make a comeback as will Rishabh Pant. Why don’t you give it a read?

Here is our predicted XI?

11:25 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Right, after the tight win in Wellington and after clinching the series 4-1, the action now shifts to the shortest format. India take in New Zealand and are looking to win their first ever match in this format in the country. They are without Virat Kohli, but the team has enough firepower in their ranks to topple the hosts.

New Zealand, after the drubbing in ODIs, need to identify the players who can get the job done against a well-rounded Indian side.

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