MS Dhoni part of an unfortunate record as New Zealand hammer India in 1st T20I

first_img Rohan Sen WellingtonFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 19:07 IST MS Dhoni scored a quickfire 39 off 31 balls but kept losing partners at the other end in the 220-run chase (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni ended up on the losing side after top-scoring for India in T20I for the fifth timeDhoni also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals during his 31-ball 39India’s 80-run loss was also their biggest in terms of runs while chasing a target in the formatBrief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardMahendra Singh Dhoni has become part of an unwarranted which he would soon like to change as he ended up on the losing side once again after top-scoring for India in a T20 international on Wednesday.Dhoni ended up on the losing side even after top-scoring for India in a T20I match for the fifth time in his career.Dhoni waged a lone battle in India’s run chase of 220 in 20 overs, scoring a quickfire 39 off 31 balls but kept losing partners at the other end as the visitors eventually folded for 139 in 19.2 overs.Dhoni also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals during his knock which included five boundaries and a six. Twitter PhotoIndia’s 80-run loss was also their heaviest in terms of runs while chasing a target in the format. The defeat also saw stand-in captain Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten streak coming to an end.Rohit had matched Dhoni’s record of seven successive wins as India’s T20I captain before this result. Dhoni had achieved the feat twice during his time as the skipper.An exciting start to the T20I series! A record total at @WestpacStadium and 5 T20I wins in a row at the venue. Also complete the winning start to the Double-Headers with the @WHITE_FERNS #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XzcCAlF1IVBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 6, 2019India were never really in the chase from the start as they lost the top-five batsmen inside 11 overs. From there on, Dhoni tried his best to stage a fightback but India were always behind the asking rate.advertisementRohit, who is standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, said India were done in by the lack of partnerships against the Black Caps, who came out all guns blazing after losing the ODI series 4-1.”It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase. We have chased such targets in the past and that is why we played with eight batsmen, but we didn’t have small partnerships and that made it tough. New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.”We need to go to Auckland, look at the conditions and take it from there. As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen, but we just couldn’t do it tonight,” he said.Rohit’s decision to put the Kiwis in to bat backfired at the Westpac Stadium as they rode on brilliant knocks from Tim Seifert (84), Colin Munro (34) and Kane Williamson (34) to post 219 for 6 in 20 overs.The New Zealand bowlers then came to the party as they restricted India to 139 with Tim Southee picking 3 wickets while Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi bagged two wickets each. Debutant Daryl Mitchell also contributed with one wicket.Also Read | 80-run win vs India has set the tone for the rest of the series: Kane WilliamsonAlso Read | We were outplayed in all departments: Rohit Sharma after India’s worst T20I defeatAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Dinesh Karthik makes up for dropped catch with stunnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow Wellington T20I MS Dhoni part of an unfortunate record as New Zealand hammer India in 1st T20IBrief Scores – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). MS Dhoni top-scored with 39 runs but ended up on the losing side as New Zealand defeated India by 80 runs in the first T20 international in Wellington on Wednesday.advertisementlast_img

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