New Zealand beat India in first T20I: Here're records broken
New Zealand thrashed India in the first T20I match held at the Westpac Stadium, as they took a 1-0 in the three-match series. Batting first, New Zealand posted 219/6. For Kiwis, Tim Seifert was the top run-scorer with a breezy 43-ball 84-run knock. India had a rare batting failure as they could only manage 139/10. This is India's biggest defeat, by runs, in T20Is.
With 219/6, Kiwis ensured that they notched their highest T20I score against India. It is also the highest T20I score in Wellington. The previous best at the Westpac was also recorded by the Kiwis (196/5 against Pakistan and England). Tim Seifert (84) notched the third highest T20I score for NZ against India. He hit the second-most number of sixes for Kiwis against India (6).
On Wednesday, five Indian bowlers conceded 35-plus runs each. This has happened only once before in a match against the West Indies in Lauderhill, 2016. This was the first time where three Indian bowlers conceded 45+ runs in a T20I. Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivered his worst performance in a T20I match (47). In 2012, he had conceded 46 runs versus Pakistan in Ahmedabad.
Prior to this match, India had not conceded a 200-plus total in more than two years. The last time this happened was in a fixture against West Indies (245 in Lauderhill, 2016). Pakistan are the only team, among full members, not to have conceded 200+ total in this period. Colin Munro became only the fourth Kiwi batsman to score 5,000-plus runs in T20 cricket.
Tim Seifert scored his maiden T20I fifty. Kane Williamson scored 34 runs today. He needs 42 runs more to get past 1,500 T20I runs for the Kiwis. Shikhar Dhawan went past Mahmudullah and Jos Buttler in career T20I runs (1,261).