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IND vs NZ, 1st T20I: Seifert's 84 sets India record 220 target

New Zealand's James Neesham (L) plays a shot as India's wicketkeeper MS Dhoni (R) looks on. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Wellington, New Zealand Feb 06, 2019, 02.11 PM (IST)

New Zealand batsmen routed Indian bowlers to put up a target of 220 in the first T20I on Wednesday. The hosts slammed 219 runs for the loss of six wickets in their 20 overs.  

Openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro gave their side the required start after the two established a solid partnership of 86 runs. 

The two were going strong before Colin Munro departed after making 34 runs. Tim, on the other hand, was looking very dangerous but clean bowled for 84 runs by pacer K Khaleel Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik's performance on the field has been a mix. He dropped Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson for five, but compensated it by taking a brilliant catch on the boundary line of Daryl Mitchell. However, he again dropped a simple catch which increased India's target.

Later, Williamson was sent back to the pavilion by Yuzvendra Chahal.  

For India, Hardik Pandya proved to be the best performer and also the costliest with the ball. In his four overs, Pandya game away 55 runs and clinched two wickets.

On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal took one wicket apiece. 

Earlier, India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday won the toss and opted to bowl in the first T20I against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

It might be for the first time when India will be playing with three wicketkeeper-batsmen. MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant have been inducted in the playing XI for the game. 

India, which recently clinched the ODI series 4-1, will eye T20 series also to end the tour on a historic note.

Speaking after the toss, Rohit said, " We have had a good record chasing. Gives us another opportunity to see how well we can bat second. Looks like a good pitch, as we saw in the game earlier so we are looking to set a target. Like I said on the 5th ODI, we wanted to bat second as there was some moisture on the pitch and challenge our batsmen. We managed to get a win."

"A lot of the guys who have played ODIs have gone back. A few guys like Rishabh and Krunal are back and we need to give them some chances, so it is important to give them a chance as well in the overseas conditions and see how they fare," he added.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have not performed at par in the ODI series and may surprise the visitors today.  

talking about their strategy for today, skipper Kane Williamson said, "We were looking to have a bowl, based on the wicket on the other night. It's important to assess the conditions. Mitchell makes his debut today. Some regular faces, but the two missing out are Bracewell and Neesham. A new squad brings some freshness."

"Every time you get an opportunity to represent your country is a great one this is a great opportunity against a fantastic opposition so we are looking forward to a really good series ahead, " he concluded.

India will play three T20I before ending the New Zealand tour. 

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Openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro gave their side the required start after the two established a solid partnership of 86 runs.