India's 80-run loss to New Zealand in 1st T20I is their worst in terms of runs

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2019 16:05 hrs
Rohit Sharma

After the high of an ODI series win, Team India continued to disappoint in the game's shortest format in New Zealand as they lost the first T20I of the three-match series in Wellington by 80 runs. Chasing a daunting target of 220, the Indians were bundled out for 139 in the last over of their innings.

The loss means India have lost all their three T20Is in New Zealand. The Indians were also blanked in the two-match series in 2009.

To rub salt into the wounds, if one talks about the margin of defeat, the loss at the Westpac Stadium is also India's worst in terms of runs in all T20 internationals. Their previous heaviest defeat came against Australia at Bridgetown in 2010 where the margin was 49 runs.

Overall, India have now lost seven of the nine T20Is against the Black Caps.

In terms of unwanted records, India are also at the receiving end as far as Westpac Stadium is concerned. New Zealand hammered 219 for 6 in their 20 overs - the highest total at the ground, surpassing the 196/5 scored by the Kiwis on two separate occasions.

India have had a false start in the T20I series but with two more games remaining, they have a chance to improve on their poor record in New Zealand and also end the ongoing tour on a high.