New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats

Heather Diaz
February 10, 2019

Indian captain Rohit Sharma and experienced campaigner MS Dhoni gathered around as confusion reigned, but in the end Mitchell had to respect the umpire's decision, and depart with just a solitary run to his name. After a 79-run opening partnership between captain Sharma and his partner Dhawan (30), it was the wicket-keeper batsman-duo of Dhoni and Rishabh Pant who stitched together a 44-run partnership to win the match for India. New Zealand were batting first and did not get the start that they would have expected. It was India's first T20I at the Eden Park and the Indian team was just brilliant throughout.

That double-wicket over from Krunal was followed by a third in second, as Williamson swept a ball that stayed low and was ruled lbw. "It's ridiculous", said former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull on air while adding that there was a clear inside edge.

Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.

India have gone in with an unchanged XI in both the games so far with skipper Rohit Sharma insisting that it is important to give the players some game time.

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TV replays clearly showed there was an inside edge and a patch on the hotspot could also be detected when the ball beat Mitchell's bat.

Earlier, An umpiring error that promises to make headlines in the days to come threatened to overshadow a vastly improved effort in the field from India that had NZ limping to 158/8 in 20 overs. India would like to continue their unbeaten winning streak in T20Is. India have not lost the last 10 T20I series that they have played.

Once de Grandhomme was sent back by Hardik Pandya and Taylor was run-out, New Zealand's chances of a big total went up in smoke. US is the only country where they have not won a T20I match yet among countries in which they have played the shortest format. Williamson hasn't scored many runs.

Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and no. 4 batsman Daryl Mitchell also failed to entertain the crowd as they were removed for 20 and 1 run respectively.

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