India featured all three wicket-keepers in the Playing XI with veteran MS Dhoni donning the gloves behind the wicket in the opening T20I match against New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday.
Dinesh Karthik was posted at the boundary. It was a time when New Zealand were looking to pile on over 250 runs with Tim Siefert 84, Colin Munro 34 and Kane Williamson 34 giving the hosts a solid foundation.
India put the breaks on the Black Caps when Daryl Mitchell, in after the fall of Siefert, was dismissed in a spectacular fashion caught by DK at the boundary off Hardik Pandya. DK keeping the ball in play at long on while going over the boundary, regathered it again with his foot just off the boundary rope. That reduced New Zealand to 164-3 after 15 overs and they lost a bit of momentum.
Following that Hardik almost got rid of Ross Taylor with a full toss on middle in the 18th over. The ball was in the air, but Karthik put down that sitter.
Earlier, Karthik dropped Seifert, which proved to be costly as the Kiwi went on to score 84 off 43 balls. A full flighted deliver from Krunal Pandya on middle, Seifert kneels for another big shot and had skied it up towards long on. Karthik runs forward but drops a dolly.
Some big hitting at the fag end of the innings helped the hosts to 219/6 in their 20 overs.