White Ferns player Katie Perkins dismissed in an unbelievable way

White Ferns player Katie Perkins dismissed in an unbelievable way

White Ferns’ cricketer Katie Perkins was dismissed in an unbelievable way in their match against Australia Governor-General’s XI. She was caught after the ball was hit her partner, Katey Martin’s bat which left everyone in shock. 

White Ferns have toured to Australia for their three-match ODI series where they were playing a game against Australia Governor-General’s XI on Thursday in Sydney. The shocking incident happened during the New Zealand innings.

Put into bat first, White Ferns put up a huge total of 323. Suzies Bates did welcome the bowler with a boundary and scored a 74-runs partnership with Lauren Down. However, Bates got dismissed to Faltum for 43. Maddy Green joined her immediately afterward and they reduced to 103 for 2. Her dismissal brought Martin on the crease. She, along with Down made a stable 163 runs partnership.


After completing her century which included 13 boundaries, Down got dismissed to McGrath. However, Martin scored 76 before she got out and they lost two wickets of Satterthwaite and Perkins in quick succession. Meanwhile, in the 45th over, the bizarre incident took place.

Perkins hit Heather Graham’s over-pitched delivery straight down the crease and it touched her partner Katey Martin at the non-striker’s end. Martin tried to get out of the way but the ball hit her bat and went up straight into the hands of the bowler who took an easy catch. The unimaginable way of dismissal left everyone in shock.

The commentators too were surprised. Fox Cricket commentator and former Australia cricketer Mel Jones compared that with a miracle.

“This looks like it could be an absolute miracle,” Jones added. “Have you ever seen anything like this?”

Former New Zealand born Australian cricketer Brendon Julian was equally surprised with the dismissal.


“Is that out? It looked out? I think that’s out,” added Julian.

Martin, however, anchored the innings till the end, smashed 72 runs and guided White Ferns to put up a decent competitive total of 323 for 7 in their 50 overs.

In reply, Australia Governor-General’s XI were bowled out for a mere total. Former Australia player and Governor-General’s captain Alex Blackwell scored 28 but couldn’t play long as she was dismissed by Hannah Rowe. Anna Peterson picked up 3 wickets for New Zealand and restricted their opponent within 157 with nearly 10 overs to spare and White Ferns won the game by 166 runs.

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Mitchell Starc produced a World Cup Thriller against Tasman Neighbours

Mitchell Starc was the reason of a thriller between Australia and New Zealand on this day. Thanks to him that a comfortable chase became almost impossible for the kiwis. 

On February 28, 2015, Australia and New Zealand played one of the most thrilling World Cup ties at Eden Park, Auckland. Both the teams had a good start to the tournament and the tournament was moving towards the business end as the league positions and qualifying scenarios were taking shapes. New Zealand won all three of their matches since then whereas Australia after winning their first match against the old enemies had to content with shared points as their match against Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The Beginning

Michael Clarke won the toss and decided to bat. They reached 24 in the first two overs. Third over of the match from Tim Southee saw the first ball going for a six and second ball claiming the wicket of Aaron Finch. Shane Watson came and built at 50 runs partnership with David Warner. Australia reached 80 for one when Daniel Vettori and Southee stuck on back-to-back deliveries. 80 for one suddenly became 80 for three. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum brought back Trent Boult and then a procession towards the pavilion started for the mighty Australians. Boult’s swing was too much for the Australian middle order and they had no answer. They lost 8 wickets for 26 runs in this phase and quickly was at 106 for nice. Supported by the vociferous home crowd Boult’s second spell read 5-3-3-5. Brad Haddin showed some fight for Australia and added valuable 45 runs in the last wicket where his contribution was 37. His thick edge went to short third man’s hand and Australian innings was closed at 151.

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The Chase

New Zealand came to bat after a 10-minute break as Australian innings was over in the 33rd over. Their response was based on the extreme quick start provided by the skipper McCullum. The chase started with a run rate of 10 runs in the first few overs. McCullum blasted his way to a 21-ball 50. Mitchell Johnson was severely punished as his first 4 overs bleed 52 runs. By the end of seventh over, Kiwis were 72 for one. Almost most half of the required runs were completed and yet it was not a time for the break. Pat Cummins gave the key breakthrough to his team when he got McCullum caught by Mitchell Starc. Starc himself came back to bowl the next over and got Ross Taylor with his first ball. The teams went to break with New Zealand on 79 for three.

It was 79 for four after one ball once the match was resumed. Starc got Grant Elliot right after the break. New Zealand replicated a similar collapse and the match was again on balance. The crowd was on their toes and all the hopes were on the calm stature of Kane Williamson. Williamson got an ally in Corey Anderson and added 52 runs in the fifth wicket. Anderson played a peculiar inning. His first five runs came in 20 balls. At this point, Mitchell Johnson returned for a spell and his first three deliveries were hit for Four, Four and Six by Anderson to take himself to 19 off 23. Then again once he reached 26 of 29 he could not score in the next 12 balls he faced and on the 13th ball he was out trying to slog Glenn Maxwell.

Another 21 runs were required to score with five wickets in hand and plenty of overs to spare, a comfortable scenario for most of the matches.

Twist In The Tale From Mitchell Starc

The comfort was soon gone as Mitchell Starc’s nasty bouncer got rid of Luke Ronchi. Vettori hit one straight to mid on in the next over. With just six runs to go, Starc brought another twist. He bowled Milne and Southee on back to back deliveries and now it was anyone’s game. The hero of first innings Boult came to bat and his first job was to survive two deliveries of Starc who already had six wickets in his name and almost breathing fire. Boult managed to survive with thunderous cheer and it was all depending on Williamson. Will he try to do it himself or will he trust his partner and rotate strike to get these six runs was a million dollar question.

Cummins was the bowler and Kane did not wait. The first delivery of the 24th over was hit for a straight six and with that New Zealand won one of the most thrilling encounters between these two countries. Kane remained not out for 45. Boult was given the man of the match award for his decisive spell in the first innings but McCullum’s innings was also no less important. Australia’s wait for revenge was less than a month when they got the big prize of the World Cup Trophy by beating New Zealand in the final at MCG.

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Ross Taylor reaches new milestones to surpass Stephen Fleming

Ross Taylor reaches new milestones to surpass Stephen Fleming


Ross Taylor is now the highest run-getter amongst the Kiwis in the 50-over format.

He surpassed former captain Stephen Fleming’s record to do so.

Taylor is also the fourth fastest to the 8000 runs mark. 

Today as New Zealand pulled off another comfortable win against Bangladesh, Ross Taylor reached new career milestones. The hosts have secured a smooth 3-0 whitewash over the Bangla Tigers despite Sabbir Rahman’s hundred scored under pressure. Tim Southee’s six-wicket haul today, at Dunedin, has made a refreshing effect on his career that was starting to wither away. New Zealand’s leading limited-overs batsman, Ross Taylor now tops the list of most career runs scored by a Kiwi in the ODI format. With 8026 runs to his name, he went past former captain Stephen Fleming’s previous New Zealand record of 8007 runs.

In the process, Taylor also reached his 47th ODI fifty before eventually getting dismissed for 69, pacing his team to a final score of 330/6. In response to the hosts, Bangladesh could only post a total of 242, with Tim Southee taking 6/65 with the ball in a man-of-the-match performance. Despite Sabbir Rahman heroics, Bangladesh faced another heavy defeat leading to a whitewash in the ODI series. Rahman scored 102 off 110 before falling to Tim Southee in the 48th over. Southee won the Man of the match award for his 6 for 65.

Speaking of records, Taylor not only surpassed fleming’s record but also became the fourth fastest to reach the 8000-run-mark after Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Sourav Ganguly. The 34-year-old veteran batsman, who made his ODI debut in 2006 reached this new milestone in 203 innings with an excellent average of 48.34.

“I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey’s years ago,” he said. “If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it’s nice to set the bar for the next guy. I’m still enjoying myself and hopefully, I’ve still got a few years in me.”

Taylor said that he knew he was close to the milestone at the start of the day. He further said it was nice to get to 8000 runs and that he received a lovely reception that very humbling from the Dunedin crowd. Taylor brought up the milestone with a single to fine leg off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan’s over, having reached his 47th half-century three balls earlier. Stephen Fleming congratulated him on Twitter. 

Ross Taylor has been a force since the last part of 2016. To be more precise, since Taylor got his eye surgery done, he has become unstoppable. He’s only second to Virat Kohli since the conclusion of the World Cup 2015. Since the Champions Trophy 2017, he has the second-best batting average, a gigantic 81.05, in ODIs. Taylor already holds the record for the most ODI hundreds by a New Zealand batsman (20) – four more than team-mate and close friend Martin Guptill and the retired Nathan Astle. 

With the main event, the World Cup 2019, closing in Taylor would want to pump up his game. The challenges would be bigger in England and this time New Zealand would be relying more on Rosco than Martin Guptill, who was the overall highest run-scorer in World Cup 2015. New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in their first World Cup game, on June 1. Taylor would be able to polish his batting with the aid of Plunkett Shield by then. Like the Blackcaps rely on Kane Williamson in the longest format, Ross Taylor is the prime batsman in ODIs.

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New Zealand claims a nail-biting series win over India

New Zealand claims a nail-biting series win over India

New Zealand registered a narrow four-run victory in the third and final T20I and won the series by 2-1 at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday (February 10). 

Both the teams made one change each from the last match. Right-arm seamer Blair Tickner came in place for Lockie Ferguson and made his debut for New Zealand; while Kuldeep Yadav replaced Yuzvendra Chahal in the squad for India.

India won the toss and chose to field first. Colin Munro and Tim Seifert got off to a flying start for New Zealand. However, back to back boundaries and over-boundaries off Khaleel Ahmed in the 4th over and Krunal Pandya in the 6th over helped them to score 66 runs within the powerplay.

To stop the run flow, the captain Rohit Sharma handed over the ball to Kuldeep Yadav in the 8th over; who, in his very first over picked up Tim Seifert and handed over the first breakthrough to the team. It was an outside edge off Yadav and Dhoni, as usual with his lightning-quick glove-work sent Seifert in after scoring 43 off 25 which included three boundaries and as many sixes.

Seifert’s dismissal brought Kane Williamson at the crease. Munro, however, started dealing with big shots at the other end and brought up his half-century in the 11th over, smashing Krunal Pandya over deep mid-wicket for a six. Both of them added 55 runs through a steady association.

Before the pair could become more dangerous, Kuldeep Yadav struck again. Munro misread the delivery and ended up hitting towards long-on where Hardik Pandya took a well-judged catch and his blitzy knock of 72 off 40 came to an end in 14th over.

Williamson departed the very next over, giving a catch to Kuldeep at short fine leg off Ahmed. He scored 27 off 21 with three boundaries.

Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme started building a partnership. The latter took the charge and started hitting all over the park, scored 30 off 16 with three boundaries and a six before getting dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

However, experienced Ross Taylor scored a quick-fire 14 off 7 and Mitchell scored 19 off 11 and took their side to 212 after 20 overs; which eventually proved to be a huge total to win the game.

Chasing a mammoth total of 213, India got the big blow in the very first over. After hitting the second ball for a boundary over through covers, he got dismissed in the fourth ball of the over by Santner. It was a straight forward catch to Daryl Mitchell at deep square leg; who did no mistake in taking it and Dhawan fell for 5.

Captain Rohit Sharma and Vijay Shankar tried to steady the ship and they managed to put up 57 runs in the powerplay. Shankar hit two sixes in the 8th over off Ish Sodhi and a boundary off Santner in the 9th over but before he could become more dangerous, Santner picked him up. Shankar was trying to play the slog sweep but ended up giving an easy catch to de Grandhomme at deep mid-wicket.

Rishabh Pant continued from where he left off in the last game, welcoming Santner with a boundary towards short fine leg. He stumped his authority by hitting a six over deep mid-wicket in the very next ball he faced.

Pant’s back to back big shots helped India to reach 100-mark within 10 overs. But this didn’t last at a long time as debutant Tickner picked up his maiden T20I wicket in the form of Pant; who scored a stormy 28 off 12 with one boundary and three sixes.

The hosts did break the stand of Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma by picking up the latter in the 14th over; who scored 38 off 32. Though Hardik Pandya started with a six, he fell for 21 off 11 with one boundary and two sixes. 

Dhoni fell for mere 2 off 4. The bowlers did a wonderful job by bringing down the run-rate. Though Krunal Pandya released some pressure with a maximum and two boundaries off Southee in the 18th over and taking fourteen-run in the penultimate over; which meant India needed 16 off the final over.

Karthik and Krunal Pandya tried their hearts out, Karthik smashed a six in the last ball of the final over, but failed to reach the target as New Zealand won the game by four runs.

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India equals the series with a thumping win over New Zealand

India equals the series with a thumping win over New Zealand

India kept the hope alive of T20I series win by registering a comfortable 7-wicket win in the second T20 International match against New Zealand at Auckland on Friday. 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Seifert and Munro started the innings. New Zealand were looking for a flying start but they didn’t get the start. Only when Seifert started hitting big, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and India quickly got rid of him. Tim Seifert, who scored 84 in the first game, scored a boundary and an over-boundary before getting dismissed.

Then it was Krunal Pandya, who struck twice in his first over. He first took Colin Munro, who tried to cover the in-field but failed to do so. The catch came at a great pace towards Rohit Sharma at the cover, who took that easily. On the last ball of the over, he trapped Daryl Mitchell before the stumps.

New Zealand captain Williamson became the third victim of Krunal Pandya in the eighth over. Williamson got dismissed after scoring 20 off 17 and New Zealand were reduced to 60/4 after 10 overs.

Then, all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme came to his side’s rescue, smashed his maiden T20I half-century off 27 balls which included four sixes and one boundary. He, along with Ross Taylor anchored the innings till 15.4 overs. Both of them added 77-run before de Grandhomme misjudged the delivery and ended up giving an easy catch to Rohit Sharma at extra cover.

Krunal Pandya was the pick of bowlers, ending the innings with 3/28. Left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures of 2/27 as the tourists were successful in stopping the hosts from exploiting Eden Park’s short boundaries.

Then Taylor and Mitchell Santner tried to steady the ship and both added 26 runs. Before they could move further, Vijay Shankar’s direct throw from the deep sent Taylor back in the pavilion. Later Khaleel Ahmed picked two more wickets in the last over and New Zealand ended up scoring 158 after 20 overs.

Krunal Pandya bagged 3 wickets while Khaleel Ahmed took two. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya scalped one each for India.

Chasing 159, India got off to a flying start. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stated the innings at full pace and started dealing with boundaries and over-boundaries. In the 4th over when Rohit hit Kuggeleijn for a six at fine-leg, he completed his 100th six in T20Is.

Currently, he is placed second of hitting sixes (102). Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle are ahead of him with 103 sixes. He reached his 16th T20 half-century in the 9th over. With this, he became the highest run-scorer in T20I as well as the most 50+ scorer in the shortest format of the game.

But his stormy 50 off 29 came to an end when he got dismissed off Ish Sodhi. Dhawan, at the other end, was looking not much comfortable and scored only 30 off 31 with two boundaries before getting out. Earlier, both the openers added 79-run partnership, which became the Most partnership runs (1480).

Rishabh Pant came to bat at No. 3 today and tried to build a partnership with Vijay Shankar; who scored one boundary and a six in his 8-ball 14. Vijay Shankar’s dismissal brought MS Dhoni on the field. Both played with caution where Dhoni was rotating the strike and Pant was dealing with big shots. They both added 44-run through a steady association and ensured India’s win with 7 balls to spare.

New Zealand v India 1st T20I: Talking points of the match


New Zealand claimed a record-breaking defeat against India in the first T20I, at Wellington

Tim Seifert enjoyed an upgrade up the order, scoring a match-winning 84 runs off 43 balls

The hosts put the right amount of pressure on India, who were bowled out comfortably  

New Zealand was able to leave behind the ruins of the past, the ODI series, move ahead and play gallantly. The 4-1 defeat, at home, in the 50-overs format had crushed New Zealand’s ambition. The only option left was to move ahead and perform well. Better, to for winning. The worse had anyhow already happened. And they did. 

A record-breaking defeat by 80 runs was put into India’s account by the dominant Blackcaps. Northern Districts player, Tim Seifert guided New Zealand to a massive total of 219 for 6 and provided the momentum that the team lacked during the ODI series. India had started decently after the fall of Shikhar Dhawan, India submerged rather quickly. Tim Southee bagged three wickets and re-established his numbers at the particular ground.

Tim Seifert’s clever approach

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Tim Seifert in action, at Wellington. Source: TOI

Instead of slogging his way into scoring a quick 43-ball 84, the New Zealand wicketkeeper opted a more creative approach toward playing the ball. He was patient even in his blitzkrieg. He was breezy, yet reliable. Many people now see him as some form of Brendon McCullum. Why not? He was fearless, played innovative shots and never looked back or killed the pace of the innings. By the time he was dismissed, New Zealand looked strong at 134 for the loss of 2 wickets. Such was the impact. No wonder he received the Man of the Match award.

The Cameos

New Zealand Cricket apologise after removing banner that promotes sexual consent
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Even though India stuttered their way through the chase, there were some early and late cameos that are worthy of a mention. While Rohit Sharma had an off day, Dhawan gave India a fairly good start. The momentum fell when he was dismissed for 29 off 18 by Lockie Ferguson. The latter bowled impressively well, bowling four full overs, keeping the economy rate below 6 and picking up two wickets. Vijay Shankar at No. 3 played similar innings like Dhawan. Then came MS Dhoni who couldn’t really accelerate the innings. Finally, Krunal Pandya scored an 18-ball 20 which didn’t help much either. Anyhow, the New Zealand cameos were far more productive. Everyone contributed a little besides Seifert’s incredible contribution. Like Vijay Shankar and Dhawan, captain Kane Williamson and opener Colin Munro scored similar innings of 34 runs each. While moving towards the end, the run rate was falling for New Zealand but a 7-ball 20 from Scott Kuggeleijn helped New Zealand post a target of 220.

Selections and Changes

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The Indian team selection for the 1st T20I has raised quite a few eyebrows. Even though India seemed to have an edge over the hosts, they fell from a big height. Despite being prolific, Kuldeep Yadav was dropped. Khaleel Ahmed has been given many chances but was proven to be expensive yet again. India would want to make some major changes for the second T20I that’s scheduled on Friday, at the Eden Park in Auckland. Meanwhile, New Zealand could consider playing Jimmy Neesham instead of Colin de Grandhomme.

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New Zealand Cricket apologise after removing banner that promotes sexual consent

New Zealand Cricket apologise after removing banner that promotes sexual consent

New Zealand Cricket and Westpac Stadium have apologised after their decision of removing the banner which was promoting sexual consent during the first T20 International match between New Zealand and India at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. 

The sign on the banner, which wrote “No means no”, was directed towards the 27-year-old bowling all-rounder of New Zealand, Scott Kuggeleijn, who had faced rape charges twice in 2016-17. First-time he was not being punished as the jury could not reach a decision; while the second time, he was found not a guilty in a trial.

During the trial in the Hamilton District Court, Scott Kuggeleijn admitted that the woman involved twice had said that she didn’t want to have sex with him. The 27-year-old cricketer later texted her the day after the incident to apologise.

Many questions, as well as criticism, have sparked outrage for his selection in New Zealand squad for the T20 International matches. The woman who took the banner told Stuff that they had an extremely ‘uncomfortable’ experience.

“My friends and I were surrounded by multiple security guards. It was a very uncomfortable experience,” stuff.co.nz quoted the woman as she saying.

“They acknowledge they didn’t do the right thing in this instance and are committed to ensuring it won’t happen in future. I’m really heartened by how responsive they’ve been and hope everyone can have a fun, safe time at cricket in the Cake Tin in future,” she said.

“No means no, and that’s a message everyone should be able to stand by,” the woman further added.

However, New Zealand Cricket and stadium management have apologised for their action and public affairs manager Richard Boock said NZME that the decision to remove the banner was a mistake.

“We agree the course taken was an over-reaction and unnecessary, and the sign certainly wasn’t offensive,” said New Zealand Cricket public affairs manager Richard Boock.

“NZC has a venue policy that does not allow the targeting of players – but policies are guidelines; they’re not written in stone, and we should have shown better judgement and exercised more discretion,” Richard Boock said.

“We apologise unreservedly and will be discussing this in our debrief with a view to avoiding similar mistakes in the future,” Boock further added.

Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon, however, agreed to meet with the woman. He was due to meet with her and apologise officially on Thursday.

“In hindsight, this was an over-reaction and we should not have taken that course of action,” Shane Harmon told Stuff.

Kuggeleijn scored twenty runs from seven balls in New Zealand’s record 80-run victory against India, but he failed to impress with the ball, gave thirty-four runs from his two overs.

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Mithali less India collapses against New Zealand despite Mandhana’s record fifty

Mithali less India collapses against New Zealand despite Mandhana's record fifty

From a winning position of 102 for 1 in the 12th over to bowled out for 136 in their chase of 159 in 20 overs, New Zealand registered a 23-run victory in the first T20I at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. 

Mithali Raj again found herself out of the playing XI after India’s tragic end in the semi-final of ICC World T20 2018 against England. Mithali has scored 51 and 56 in her last two outings. After India’s 23 runs lost, T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur said Raj’s exclusion was “only” to give more chances to the youngsters in the team, keeping the 2020 World Cup in mind.

“Well, we are just looking to give chance to young girls,” Harmanpreet said. “We only have these three overseas games and after that, we are playing in more Indian conditions and I think that’s the only reason we’re giving chances to the young girls.”

However, Kaur praised the bowlers for their efforts.

“Bowlers did really well as this track was really good to bat on. We still restricted them to 159. But in the last 10 overs we didn’t bat well,” Harmanpreet Kaur said. “We need to improve our batting in the last 10 overs. That is the area we are always struggling. We need someone who can give us a good strike-rate when we are finishing the innings.”

Talking points of the match:

Smriti Mandhana’s ravishing form:

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India’s left-hand opener Smriti Mandhana has been in a great form for the last year. Having smashed centuries in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia, she has become a trump card of India in overseas. While playing against New Zealand during the first T20I match, she broke her own record of smashing half-century in 25 balls. Today she took 24 balls, the fastest ever T20I half-century by an Indian in Women’s Cricket.

She never looked under pressure while facing Lea Tahuhu while others were struggling. India are over-dependent on Mandhana we can say now. She got dismissed after scoring 58 off 34 and felt that she should have batted till the end and she should be more careful with shot selection.

“Tactically, the best option according to me is that I bat all through. But we will have a discussion about this and I feel it is better that one of the top batters bat through till the 18th over or so so that after that the rest can rally around them,” Smriti Mandhana said after the match. “You have to pick the areas and go for the correct shots. And when we had the run rate under control, under seven, my shot was a bad one to play.”

Lack of partnership in the middle-order:

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India were flying high with the Mandhana-Rodrigues’ stormy innings. After Mithali Raj’s exclusion from the squad and Priya Punia made her debut, India were setting a core team for the next T20 World Cup in 2020. But Punia’s debut match didn’t go well as she fell for 4.

Soon, the situation got changed as Mandhana, along with Jemimah Rodrigues took the charge. Both started hitting all over the park. When they got their eyes in, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past them. Both added 98 runs for the second wicket and India reached 102 after 11.3 overs before Mandhana’s dismissal. Hannah Rowe took a well-judged catch at deep-cover and sent her in. Rodrigues was next to follow.

Apart from their innings and Harmanpreet Kaur’s 17 off 15, no other batter was able to reach the double-digit. In a chase of 160, India were bundled out within 136 as the middle and lower middle order batters were unable to carry the momentum till the end. Till the 12th over, the game was pretty much in India’s court as they were at 102/1 but a dismal batting performance under pressure from the middle and lower middle order caused their defeat.

“We were cruising till the 12th over, but in T20 there is always a chance of collapse and we have to be watchful from now on. I don’t think it’s a good idea to think much about the past and we will have to think about the next match,” said Mandhana.

At times, the team might felt the absence of experienced Mithali Raj; who has the ability to anchor the innings. Arguably one of the best batters in the world, Mithali, would have played the other way in the game.

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An all-round performance from New Zealand:

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Though New Zealand lost their opener, Suzie Bates, very early, another opener Sophie Devine took the anchor’s role. The winning foundation made by her at first. She and Caitlin Gurrey added 36 runs before the later got out for 15.

Then Devine made a partnership with the captain Amy Satterthwaite. Both added 69 runs before Devine’s dismissal. Later Katey Martin ensured that the team went past 150 marks. Her two sixes and one boundary helped her team to reach 159 after 20 overs.

Later, bowlers did the rest of the job. Apart from Mandhana-Rodrigues pair, no other batter troubled White Ferns. Lea Tahuhu was the most successful bowler and ended up taking three wickets for 20. Leigh Kasperek and Amelia Kerr bagged two wickets each while the other bowlers scalped one each. Seven of the last eight batters got dismissed within 33 runs.

With this win, White Ferns have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Both the teams will face each other on Friday, February 6th.

Seifert and Southee thrashes India in their first T20I match

Seifert and Southee thrashes India in their first T20I match

Tim Seifert smashed a blistering 43-ball 84 and Tim Southee’s three-wicket haul helped New Zealand to register an 80-run win against India in the first T20 International match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday (February 6) and secure a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. 

India won the toss and chose to field first. Tim Seifert and Colin Munro started hitting from the very beginning. Due to their stormy innings, New Zealand managed to score 66 within the powerplay without the loss of any wicket. In the eighth over, Seifert hit towards mid-wicket off Krunal Pandya and scored his maiden T20I half-century. But the very next ball caused Munro’s dismissal.
Munro and Seifert added 86 runs before Munro got dismissed while trying to hit over long-on. His 34 came off 20 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Their opening partnership became the second highest partnership against India after Colin Munro and Martin Guptill’s 105 in 2017. Munro, who was struggling against Mohammed Shami in the ODI series, played a crucial knock in T20Is. He is the only batsman to hit three centuries in T20Is.

However, Seifert didn’t slow down his inning and hit Krunal Pandya for two more sixes in his last over to help New Zealand went past the 100-run mark. Yuzvendra Chahal too couldn’t make any impression as Seifert kept hitting all around the park. The right-hander, however, dropped by Dinesh Karthik in the 11th over but couldn’t score a century as he was bowled by Khaleel Ahmed after an impressive 84 off 43 with seven fours and six over-boundaries.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson too played a crucial role and scored 34 off 22 before getting dismissed in Chahal’s delivery. After that, wickets started falling at a regular interval. New Zealand lost Daryl Mitchell (8), Colin de Grandhomme (3) and Taylor (14-ball 23) in quick succession. They were 164/3 after 15 overs and soon reduced to 190/5. Their innings never looked dull after falling the wickets. 

Scott Kuggeleijn played a quickfire 20* off 7 with three fours and a six in the last two overs and helped his side to put up 219 after 20 overs. Their score was the highest T20I score on that ground so far.

While chasing the huge total, India needed a flying start. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started the innings with a great form as Dhawan hit Kuggeleijn for 16 runs in his very first over. But that didn’t last too long as Tim Southee gave the first breakthrough to his team by picking up Rohit for 1 in the third over.

Vijay Shankar was promoted in the batting order and came to the crease at number 3 but couldn’t play the anchor’s role. Just when both the batters started to build a solid partnership, Lockie Ferguson picked up Dhawan for 18-ball 29. Rishabh Pant got the chance in the playing XI but failed to impress with the bat and only managed 4 runs off 10 balls before misjudging the delivery from Mitchell Santner.

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Vijay Shankar was next to follow; who was dismissed by Kuggeleijn, after scoring 27 runs. India were reduced to 65/4 after 9 overs and the pressure fell upon on former captain MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik. Karthik, who had a bad day on the field earlier, couldn’t do much with the bat too. Legspinner Ish Sodhi took Karthik’s wicket for 5 while Southee took an amazing catch. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was next to fell for mere 4.

India were struggling at 77/6 and with 143 required to win the match in the last nine overs, Dhoni and Krunal Pandya tried to steady the ship. Both hit a couple of big shots and added 52 runs before Krunal fell for 20 off 18 in Southee’s deliveries. Dhoni fell in the last ball of the penultimate over after top-scoring39 off 31. By then the game was out of India’s hand and India faced their biggest defeat against New Zealand.

New Zealand v India T20I series: Players to watch out for

New Zealand v India T20I series: Players to watch out for

The hosts might seem vulnerable at the moment due to the heavy loss of 4-1 in the recently concluded ODI series against India, but the story ain’t the same in T20Is. New Zealand have a lot of positives in the T20I front. 

Colin Munro might not have been successful in the ODI series for New Zealand but the batting all-rounder amassed 500 runs at an impressive strike rate of almost 180 in T20Is last year. Besides, there are some surprises in store from both teams. The three-match T20I series starts on February 6.

Here are some players to watch out for in the upcoming T20I series:

Jimmy Neesham

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Due to Martin Guptill’s unavailability, Jimmy Neesham was incorporated into the New Zealand T20I squad for the series against India. His presence in the lower order has been helpful for the Kiwis during the ODI series. The T20I is well anticipated to witness Neesham’s spark. His 32-ball 44 in the final ODI in Wellington added to his decent role as a seamer was quite impressive even though New Zealand lost. 

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Scott Kuggeleijn

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With Trent Boult being rested, New Zealand was open to some newness. The bowling all-rounder from Hamilton, Scott Kuggeleijn, has all the experience in the shortest format of the game. He is new to International Cricket but his expertise has been showcased in the Super Smash Twenty20 league. Kuggeleign has taken 14 wickets and scored 59 runs in T20s during the ongoing New Zealand domestic season. 

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Shubman Gill

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After Virat Kohli was rested for the rest of the New Zealand tour, the 19-year-old Shubhman was incorporated into the Indian squad. He scored just nine and seven in his two ODI appearances. The Indian coach, Ravi Shastri has backed the youngster who is full of talent. With no one else likely to take the 3rd spot, India might play Gill at one down. His enthusiasm in playing shots have proven hard during the ODIs but if he settles down, he might turn out to be the perfect hitter for the visiting side.

Kuldeep Yadav

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India’s much-celebrated chinaman spinner, Kuldeep Yadav was enormously successful in the ODI series against New Zealand. His grip over the conditions and puzzling the batsmen has been on point. He was dropped in the last ODI given to his unproductive performances in the 3rd and 4th ODI. Nonetheless, he took two consecutive four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs; an Indian record.

Kane Williamson 

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The captain of the New Zealand team might open the batting alongside Colin Munro in the absence of Guptill. Williamson has opened the batting in 27 out of his 54 T20I appearances, averaging 38.52 in that position as opposed to an overall average of 31.64. In those 27 games, The Blackcaps have emerged victorious 17 times. Over the last 10 T20I innings, he has managed to keep his average over 32.

Tim Southee

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Southee sat out of the team in the last ODI as he wasn’t prolific in the series. His form is a concern in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. But he is a successful bowler in the shortest format. An added advantage is his success record of eight wickets at 13.77 in T20Is at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington- the venue to the first T20I.