New Zealand defeated India by 80 runs in the first T20 played at Wellington, securing a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. New Zealand first scored a huge score of 219/6, in response to which the Indian team could only manage 139 runs. New Zealand's Tim Seifert was adjudged Man of the Match for playing a smoky inning of 43 runs in 43 balls.
Indian Captain Rohit Sharma was soon dismissed after chasing a huge target of 220 runs After Rohit's return, Shikhar Dhawan scored 29 and Vijay Shankar scored 27, but after both of them returned to the pavilion, team India continued to fall. However,MS Dhoni kept one end and he scored 39 runs. The entire team of India got reduced to 139 runs in 19.2 overs and India got their biggest defeat in T20.
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 comfortable is doing with and with 8 batsmen, chasing seemed the right idea.
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 the young Seifert and Munro for building a solid opening stand. Adds that the bowling performance was outstanding, along with the fielding, though 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-around performance which does not come every day.