New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats

New Zealand seek a reversal of fortunes

They have hit the homestretch of a memorable three-month tour and a rampant India will be fancying another series win when they clash with under pressure hosts New Zealand in the opening T20 global here on Wednesday.

India all-rounder Krunal Pandya said that leaking runs aplenty in the middle overs proved costly for the men in blue as India succumbed to a disastrous 80-run loss against New Zealand in the first T20 worldwide in Wellington on Wednesday.

Their previous worst defeat was by 49 runs against Australia at Bridgetown in 2010.

After being put in to bat, New Zealand made a superb start with Seifert and Munro putting on 86 for the first wicket and Williamson ensured that no momentum was lost once Munro was eventually removed. Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma would like to break these three records in the first T20I if he gets going with the bat.

With India reeling at 190/6, Hardik smashed a quickfire 45 off 22 balls to help India set a 253-run target. "We just needed that one big partnership which we failed to do".

Fielding restrictions in the first six Powerplay overs is challenging for any bowler but according to Krunal Pandya it was the middle overs that proved costly during India's 80-run loss to New Zealand in the first T20 worldwide.

The Northern Districts wicketkeeper struck 84 off just 43 balls from the top of the order, hitting sevens fours and six sixes in total.

Williamson added 34 to the New Zealand cause and there were enterprising cameos late in the innings from Ross Taylor with 23 off 14 and an unbeaten 20 from seven deliveries by Scott Kuggeleijn.

Tim Southee, who was dropped for the last three ODIs against India, marked his return to the side with three for 17 off his four overs. The home team was earlier routed 4-1 in the five-match One-day worldwide series. India won the preceding ODI series 4-1.