India vs New Zealand 1st T20: India faces biggest T20I loss

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Wellington: India’s Rohit Sharma walks, out for 1, caught by New Zealand’s Lockie Fergusson off the bowling of Tim Southee during the Twenty20 cricket international between New Zealand and India in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. AP/PTI(AP2_6_2019_000086B)

New Zealand inflicted the biggest defeat on India in the first T20I of the three-match series on Wednesday at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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.

Overall, when batting second, India have lost 17 matches while 21 defeats have come when they’ve batted first.

India have played 111 T20I matches thus far with a record of 69 wins, 38 defeats, 1 tie and three matches ending without a result.

All round New Zealand demolish India in Wellington With New Zealand scoring 219 runs, it is the third biggest total conceded by India in the shortest format of the game.

The two previous biggest totals that India faced were 245/6 against West Indies in 2016 and 219/4 against South Africa in 2012.

Put in to bat first, New Zealand never took their foot off the gas and completely bulldozed past the Indian bowling. Tim Seifert scored 84 runs from 43 balls to create a big impact at the top of the order.

There were further rapidfire runs from Colin Munro (34 runs from 20 balls), Kane Williamson (34 runs from 22 balls) and Ross Taylor (23 runs from 14 balls).