1st T20I, India vs New Zealand: Tim Seifert'S 84 and a late flourish from Scott Kuggeleijn powered the hosts to 219/6 with the Indian bowlers struggling to deal with the power-hitting. Chasing 220, 2 out of 10 times see the chasing side win. India fell in the other 8 this time. What will be disappointing for them, apart from the bowling and fielding is the way the batting performed tonight. No one stepped up, with only 4 batsmen crossing double digits. (Match Scorecard)
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1st T20I: NEW ZEALAND MAUL INDIA BY 80 RUNS IN WELLINGTON
15.50 IST: Maiden T20I wicket for Mitchell. He finishes things up. The slower one on middle, Chahal swings but misses, he is way too early into the shot. The ball hits the middle pole. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 80 RUNS!
15.44 IST: OUT! Southee removes Dhoni for 39. India 136/9 in 19 overs
15.39 IST: OUT! Edged and taken! Another excellent catch by Seifert. Full and outside off, Kumar tries to squeeze it out but it goes off the outside edge to the right of the keeper. It is travelling. Seifert dives, sticks his hand out and the ball sticks. IND 132/8 in 18 overs
* Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in at number 9, replacing Krunal.
15.36 IST: OUT! Once again the short ball does the trick for Southee. Too quick for Pandya. It is a well-directed one. Pandya looks to pull but is late on the shot. Hits the glove and lobs towards the keeper who takes a nice catch diving forward. Southee removes Krunal for 20. India 129/7 in 16.5 overs
15.34 IST: FOUR! But a brilliant effort in the field there by Santner. The first one though was a poor one from Ferguson. Southee bowls it short seeing Dhoni step ahead. MS goes for the pull, hits it towards deep square leg. Ferguson there is beaten by the away turn. However, Satner who runs to his right from deep mid-wicket does really well to dive and stop it. He though is not sure and he asks the umpires to take it upstairs. That is exactly what they do. Replays show that Santner touches the ropes with the other hand and it is signaled a boundary. A top effort but in vain. IND 129/6 in 16.4 overs
15.34 IST: Seifert appeals for a catch while Ferguson appeals for LBW. Neither get either. Ferguson bowls a full ball outside off, Krunal looks to heave but misses. The ball hits his pads and goes through to the keeper. Impact was outside off.
15.32 IST: FOUR! But a brilliant effort in the field there by Santner. The first one though was a poor one from Ferguson. Southee bowls it short seeing Dhoni step ahead. MS goes for the pull, hits it towards deep square leg.
15.30 IST: FOUR! Streaky. A length ball, fast and bowled at 143 kph, Dhoni is late in getting his bat down as he looks to defend. The ball takes the inside edge and scoots through past the leg stump to the fine leg fence.
15.25 IST: SIX! Over the fence! Krunal has a crack and that goes a long, long way. Lot of muscle in that shot. Pandya comes down the track but the length is short. He goes on with the pull, not right off the middle but it is hit with power and it goes just over the mid-wicket fence. IND 113/6 in 15 overs
15.22 IST: FOUR! Reverse sweep, not a good connection with the bat but the misfielding helps India get a boundary. Pandya brings the sweep out. Does not connect it well. It goes towards short fine leg who is done in by the turn on the ball. He lets it through and it races to the fence. 100 comes up for India as well. IND 104/6 in 14.3 overs
15.20 IST: SIX! Massive and that comes off Dhoni's bat. That is gone. Full and around off, MS comes down the track and sends it sailing over long on! IND 91/6 in 14 overs
15.19 IST: Lovely peice of fielding that! On the shorter side, Pandya cuts it away from the fielder at point. Southee in the deep, runs to his right and does really well to stop it. Saves two for his side.
15.10 IST: OUT! Half the side back in the hut now! Another double-wicket over this for the Kiwis. This is tossed up even wider than the last one. Pandya still goes after it, hits it nicely but does not get the elevation he wants. Mitchell there moves swiftly to his right and takes a good catch. IND 77/5 in 11 Overs
* Hardik Pandya is in
15.07 IST: OUT! Another one bites the dust courtesy a top catch by Southee. Karthik will feel a little hard done here. This is tossed up on off.
15.05 IST: Seven runs from Mitchell Over. IND 72/4 in 10 Overs
* Three wicket-keepers back-to-back. First Pant. Then MS. Dinesh Karthik walks in next.
15.00 IST: OUT! In the air... taken! The pressure has got to Shankar and he departs. He needed to go but perishes in the attempt of doing so. Once again you see Santner varying his pace. This was bowled at 76 kph. It is slower and slightly fuller. Shankar looks to go downtown but the ball turns a little. The timing is not right and it goes high up in the air towards long off. Colin de Grandhomme runs in and takes a neat catch. Second in the over for Santner. IND 65/4 in 8.4 Overs
14.57 IST: OUT! BOWLED 'EM! Pant's struggle comes to an end. Lovely change of pace once again by Santner. The last one was slow but this one was bowled at 94 kph. It is right in the blockhole. Pant is a little late in bringing his bat down, the ball sneaks through and disturbs the stumps behind. India in big trouble here. They probably need a miracle from here. IND 64/3 in 8.2 Overs
14.55 IST: Just 3 runs from Daryl Mitchell first over in T20I cricket.
* Daryl Mitchell to bowl his maiden over in T20Is.
14.51 IST: SAFE! Good work by the keeper but Vijay was quick there. Tossed up ball outside off, Shankar fails to collect with his sweep shot and Seifert takes the bails off.
* Appeal for a stumping. It's referred upstairs by the square leg umpire. Is Shankar's back leg on the line.
14.48 IST: SIX! This is huge! What a shot! Slower through the air on middle, Shankar goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it above the mid-wicket fence. A lot of risk was involved there as it was played against the turn. Vijay though has nailed it. IND 59/2 in 6.2 Overs
* Spin for the first time in this innings. Mitchell Santner has the ball in his hand.
* Rishabh Pant walks in next.
14.43 IST: OUT! TIMBER! A corker of a yorker at 151 kph. Ferguson is pumped and not a lot Dhawan could have done with that delivery. Ferguson comes steaming in and bowls it right in the blockhole. Dhawan is beaten for pace, misses his flick, it hits his pads and then onto the stumps behind. IND 51/2 in 5.3 Overs
14.41 IST: SIX! Shankar is surely making it count! 17 from it now and this is the best shot of the over. Full and on off, once again the straight bat is out. It is lofted over mid off and it carries all the way. Such a delight to watch all the shots he has played in this over. IND 46/1 in 4.5 Overs
14.40 IST: FOUR! Vijay Shankar has really founding his timing here. Also, he is playing with a straight bat so not a lot of risk involved. Slower ball and on middle, Shankar picks it and with a straight bat hits it over mid-wicket and into the fence. 11 from the over, need to make this one count, 2 balls to go.
14.36 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! He also holds the pose for the camera! Slightly fuller in length, Shankar with a straight bat lofts it over the bowler's head and into the fence. India need a big over here, they have started off well.
14.32 IST: SIX! SMASHED! He has picked the bones out of that one! What a sound it made. Short and it is the slower one, Dhawan rocks back and dispatches it into the mid-wicket stand. Much-needed but they need to keep going. IND 27/1 in 3.4 Overs
* Lockie Ferguson to steam in now
* Vijay Shankar is the number 3 batsman.
14.29 IST: OUT! There goes the Indian skipper! Huge, huge wicket as we all know how good he is. An excellent catch though to dismiss the Indian captain. The short ball does the trick for Rohit Sharma. It is on the body, Sharma is a little cramped for room. Still goes for the pull, it hits the top edge. Ferguson at first seems to have misjudged it but then runs in and takes a good catch diving forward. So Southee's good work with the ball continues. A good welcome back for him till now. IND 18/1 in 2.2 Overs
14.26 IST: FOUR! Scott ain't learning. Bowls it short and around leg again, Dhawan just turns and lifts it over short fine leg for a boundary. Kuggeleijn under pressure. Tim Southee is having a word with him. IND 18/0 in 1.5 Overs
14.24 IST: SIX!This one has gone squarer. A length ball on middle and leg, Dhawan clears his front leg and swings it over backward square leg. This time it's far away from Lockie and goes all the way.
14.22 IST: SIX! Just over! Dhawan is off the mark in style, however, he would have had his heart in his mouth for a moment. It is on the pads, Shikhar flicks it towards deep square leg. Ferguson there settles himself just before the ropes, leaps but the ball goes just above him. Should get India going this.
* Scott Kuggeleijn to bowl from the other end.
14.20 IST: Just one run from the first Over of Indian innings and Dhawan looked little unsettled against Tim Southee.
14.17 IST: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle and Tim Southee will bowl for the hosts.
14.16 IST: 220 to win. 20 overs is the time allotted. Whose side are you on? I suggest do not be on any. Take a break and come back with some coffee. You may not get time to take another break when the run fest resumes.
14.11 IST: Crash, bang, pummel, slap, pound, clobber, clunk. That is what we got to see for a major portion of the innings. The move to select Tim Seifert worked for the Kiwis and he responded brilliantly, putting the Indians to the sword. He single-handedly took charge of the situation, smashing 84 from just 43 balls, with 7 fours and 6 sixes. The rest just about managed to touch 15, that too, due to the explosion at the end.
14.07 IST: Highest score for New Zealand against India in T20Is. Highest for the Kiwis at this ground as well. Boy, we have seen a run fest. And I daresay, it has just started.
14.06 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Mitchell Santner, FOUR! Not sure if that was in the gap or due to Dhawan slipping it went to the boundary. A full toss and on off, Santner goes down on one knee and slogs it. It is hit well and it seems in the gap. However, Dhawan out there slips leaving him no chance to stop the ball. Perfect end to the innings. 9 from the last three balls and 12 from the over. NZ 219/6 (20 overs)
14.05 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Scott Kuggeleijn , FOUR! New Zealand though have started the second half well. All power this. Kuggeleijn sits back and waits for the slower ball to arrive. He smashes it through extra cover and into the fence. NZ 214/6 (19.4 overs)
14.03 IST: Khaleel to bowl the last over.
14.02 IST: 17 runs off the penultimate over. NZ 207/6 (19 overs)
14.01 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Scott Kuggeleijn , SIX!SIX! All the way! 17 runs from the penultimate over! Kuggeleijn is playing an excellent cameo here. This is a top shot! It is full and wide once again outside off. SK lofts it over covers, the timing is such that it has carried all the way. 220 is now possible. One over to go, 13 needed. NZ 207/6 (19 overs)
14.00 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Scott Kuggeleijn , FOUR! Clever, very clever! Kuggeleijn moves right across and bowls it wide outside off, very wide I should write. SK smartly opens the face of the bat and then guides it past the short third man fielder who puts in a dive and into the fence. Second in the over, so despite the wicket, runs are flowing. NZ 200/6 (18.5 overs)
13.59 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Scott Kuggeleijn , EDGY FOUR!New Zealand won't mind how they come as long as they come. This is frustrating though for India. Short and outside off, Kuggeleijn slashes at it, it goes off the outside edge and through short third man for a boundary. NZ 196/6 (18.3 overs)
13.57 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ross Taylor, OUT! OUT! Another one straight up in the air and Khaleel just about takes it. Taylor departs so the drop does not cost India a lot. It is outside off and on a length. Taylor looks to drag his shot on the leg side. Only manages a top edge. Another skier for an Indian fielder. Khaleel at short fine leg settles under it and just about holds onto the catch. Can India now keep the Kiwis under 210? NZ 191/6 (18.2 overs)
13.55 IST:10 off the over. NZ 190/5 (18 overs)
13.54 IST:Mitchell Santner is the new man in.
13.53 IST: Hardik Pandya to Colin de Grandhomme, OUT! Colin departs off a full toss. But a lot of credit has to be given to the catch there, especially on a day where India have been lackluster in the field. Another high full toss to Colin de Grandhomme. He looks to clear the square leg fence but only manages to hit it high up in the air. It is very high, SIraj there does really well, to settle under it, he also has to keep a track of where the ropes are. Judges it really well and takes a tumbling catch. NZ 189/5 (17.5 overs)
13.51 IST: Hardik Pandya to Ross Taylor, SIX! That just crosses the ropes! Right in the zone for Taylor. Full and on middle, he hits it high up in the air towards mid-wicket. It is in the gap though and it is hit well enough to clear the ropes. Ideal start to the over, pressure on the bowler. NZ 186/4 (17.1 overs)
13.50 IST:Hardik Pandya back on for India.
13.49 IST: 11 runs off the over. NZ 180/4 (17 overs)
13.47 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Ross Taylor, SIX! Wow, that's flat and all the way! Kumar serves it on a length and way wide outside off. Ross reaches out for it and rifles it all the way over extra cover. NZ 178/4 (16.3 overs)
13.45 IST: Bhuvneshwar back on for India.
13.44 IST: Good over for India. NZ 169/4 (16 overs)
13.41 IST: Colin de Grandhomme is the next man in.
13.40 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Kane Williamson, OUT! India are making a good comeback here. Chahal drops it short and on middle, Williamson moves back to pull it over mid-wicket but it seems the ball arrives a bit late which results in him mistiming the shot. As a result, Kane doesn't get enough meat behind it and and Hardik in the deep takes the catch easily. Both the set batsmen gone, two new batters in the middle, now can Black Caps still finish on a high? NZ 164/4 (15.1 overs)
13.39 IST:Ross Taylor is the new man in.
13.38 IST: Hardik Pandya to Daryl Mitchell, OUT! Yes, it is clean as a whistle! The dangerous Mitchell has been given his marching orders. Pandya finishes a very expensive over well. He bowls the full one and it might be the slower one. DM looks to clear the long on fence but it is not off the middle. Still for a second it did seem like it would clear the ropes. Dinesh Karthik though who dropped one earlier. Takes it and then realizes he is losing his balance. Throws it up, crosses the ropes, comes back and in then takes it. NZ 164/3 (15 overs)
13.33 IST: Hardik Pandya to Kane Williamson, SIX! 230 is possible if he keeps hitting like this! Another short one and Williamson picks the length early. He once again pulls it right off the meat and into the square leg stand. NZ 160/2 (14.3 overs)
13.33 IST: Hardik Pandya to Kane Williamson, SIX! SIX! Dispatched! Williamson surely expected a short and he got one there. He was in position quickly, hits it right off the middle and over the square leg fence. 150 up and more than 5 overs to go. 220? NZ 154/2 (14.2 overs)
13.30 IST: 8 runs off the over. NZ 138/2 (14 overs)
13.26 IST:11 runs off the over. NZ 138/2 (13 overs)
13.26 IST: Khaleel Ahemd to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! Aerially past the bowler for a boundary. A length ball angling back into the batsman, Mitchell brings down a straight bat and slaps it past the bowler. Khaleel ducks there to avoid any harm. 11 from the over along with a wicket. NZ 138/2 (13 overs)
13.25 IST: Debutant Daryl Mitchell is the new man in.
13.24 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Tim Seifert, OUT! Timberrrr... No century for Tim Seifert. It's an excellent delivery. Khaleel spears in a fuller length ball on off, Tim remains back to heave it over the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. India will be relieved to see his back. He was going bonkers in his knock of 84 from 43 balls. NZ 134/1 (12.4 overs)
13.22 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Kane Williamson, SIX! Khaleel runs in from 'round the wicket and angles in a short ball around off, Williamson uses the angle to his advantage. Rocks back and rockets his pull over mid-wicket. NZ 133/1 (12.2 overs)
13.21 IST:Khaleel back on for India.
13.20 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim Seifert, SIX! That has gone deep into the crowd. Great finish to the over by Seifert. Full floated on middle, Tim gets the opportunity to sit down and hoick it over mid-wicket. 13 from the over, New Zealand are cruising. NZ 127/1 (12 overs)
13.20 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Extra flight on this occasion, it lands full and wide outside off, Seifert reaches out for it and crunches his drive through covers for a boundary. NZ 121/1 (11.5 overs)
13.17 IST: Another big over for the hosts. NZ 114/1 (11 overs)
13.17 IST: Krunal Pandya to Tim Seifert, DROPPED BY DK! Oh dear, what have you done? A full flighted ball on middle, Seifert kneels for another big shot but this time he has skied it up towards long on. Karthik runs forward but drops a dolly. Two taken. Krunal has bowled out, 4-0-37-1, a decent spell given the hammering other bowlers have received so far.
13.16 IST: Krunal Pandya to Tim Seifert, SIX! Just over the fielder! Seifert is putting on a show here. Full and floated on off, Tim plays an inside-out shot and it goes flying over wide long off for back-to-back maximums. NZ 110/1 (9.4 overs)
13.15 IST: Krunal Pandya to Tim Seifert, SIX! High and handsome! Krunal drops it short around off, Seifert wears his skates to run down the track and dismisses it over mid-wicket for a maximum. NZ 104/1 (9.3 overs)
13.11 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Finds the gap with perfection! A shortish ball on middle and off, Seifert jumps inside the crease to play the reverse-batted shot and does so aerially through the gap between point and short third man. NZ 93/1 (9.3 overs)
13.11 IST:Yuzvendra Chahal is into the attack.
13.09 IST: Just two runs and a wicket off the over. NZ 88/1 (9 overs)
13.08 IST:Kane Williamson is out in the middle.
13.08 IST: Krunal Pandya to Colin Munro, OUT! Munro holes out. Krunal shows the courage to flight it up and lands it on the fuller side on middle. Colin tries to clear long on but gets more height than distance. Shankar near the fence catches it easily. End of a big first wicket partnership. Can India build on this breakthrough? NZ 86/1 (8.2 overs)
13.07 IST:Seifert brings up his maiden T20 fifty.
13.05 IST: 14 off the Hardik Pandya over. NZ 85/0 (8 overs)
13.03 IST: Hardik Pandya to Tim Seifert, SIX! This is very poor bowling. Keeping short and serving it on the hips of the batsman, Seifert just turns and dispatches it over deep backward square leg for a biggie. NZ 84/0 (7.3 overs)
13.02 IST: Hardik Pandya to Tim Seifert, EDGY FOUR!Short in length around off, not enough room, Seifert throws his bat at it and the outside edge flies wide of Dhoni to the third man fence. Boundaries continue to flow. NZ 78/0 (7.2 overs)
13.00 IST:8 off the over from Krunal. NZ 74/0 (7 overs)
12.59 IST: Krunal Pandya to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Terrific improvisation. Full and around off, Seifert gets down and reverse sweeps it over backward point for a boundary! NZ 71/0 (6.3 overs)
12.57 IST:End of the powerplay and what a good one for the hosts. NZ 66/0 (6 overs)
12.56 IST: Hardik Pandya to Tim Seifert, FOUR! That's brutal! A slower delivery but on the shorter side outside off, Tim picks it early, goes on the back foot, waits for it and then slaps it through cover-point. NZ 64/0 (5.4 overs)
12.55 IST: Hardik Pandya to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Up and just over short fine leg! Once again it's a touch short and angling in on middle and leg, Seifert turns and pulls it over Khaleel inside the ring.. NZ 60/0 (5.2 overs)
12.53 IST:Hardik Pandya into the attack for India now.
12.52 IST: Another good over for New Zealand. 12 off it. NZ 54/0 (5 overs)
12.51 IST: Krunal Pandya to Tim Seifert, SIX! SIX! POUNDED! Full and around off, Seifert gets down and slog sweeps it way over backward square leg! That was hit beautifully. NZ 52/0 (4.4 overs)
12.50 IST: Krunal Pandya to Tim Seifert, Dropped by Dhoni! Flatter and shorter around off, Seifert tries to cut but it's too close to his body. It takes the outside edge, hurries behind to Dhoni who fails to hold on.
12.49 IST: Krunal Pandya into the attack now.
12.48 IST: 16 runs from the over and the hosts are up and running. NZ 44/0 (4 overs)
12.45 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Colin Munro, SIX! This one is flat! My goodness, Colin is so powerful. Khaleel alters his length to go short, pitches it wide outside off and Munro muscles it over point. The bowler is under immense pressure now. NZ 40/0 (3.2 overs)
12.45 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Colin Munro, SIX! That's gone the distance! The angle of the bowler assisted that shot. A slower one angling into the batsman from around off, Munro sits down on one knee and smokes it over mid-wicket. NZ 34/0 (3.1 overs)
12.44 IST:15 runs from the over. NZ 28/0 (3 overs)
12.43 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Tim Seifert, FOUR! That's crisply struck down the ground. Kumar angles in a full length ball around middle and off, Seifert clears his front leg and smacks it straight down the ground for a boundary. NZ 28/0 (2.5 overs)
12.42 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Tim Seifert, SIX!PLUNDERED! The knuckle ball from Bhuvi but Seifert has picked it. A length ball, around off, Tim walks down the track and sends it over mid-wicket many a mile!. NZ 24/0 (2.3 overs)
12.39 IST:9 runs from Khaleel's first over. NZ 13/0 (2 overs)
12.37 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Colin Munro, FOUR! No half measures. This is an overpitched delivery and now, Munro is ready. Waits for the ball to come in his zone and lofts it cleanly over mid off. One bounce and into the fence. NZ 12/0 (1.3 overs)
12.37 IST: Khaleel Ahmed to Colin Munro, FOUR! Goes aerial but does not time it properly. A length ball outside off, Munro looks to go over mid off but mistimes it. Rohit Sharma gives it a good chase but fails to make a case. He dives near the ropes but in vain. NZ 8/0 (1.2 overs)
12.35 IST:Khaleel Ahmed to share the new ball with Bhuvneshwar.
12.34 IST: Nice start for India. NZ 4/0 (1 over)
12.30 IST: Time to get underway. The Indian team is in a huddle now. Colin Munro and Tim Seifert are the Kiwi openers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball for India.
12.18 IST: PITCH REPORT - It's cold with strong wind blowing across the field says Simon Doull. Informs that 134 overs have been bowled so far on this surface. Mentions that there is a nice covering of grass and feels that there will be a little bit of slow turn. Doull is expecting plenty of runs but also suggests that playing through the wind will be a challenge for the batsmen.
12.09 IST: PLAYING XIs:
New Zealand: Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
12.08 IST: Kane Williamson: It's important to assess the conditions. Mitchell makes his debut today. Some regular faces, but the two missing out are Bracewell and Neesham. A new squad brings some freshness. Every time you get an opportunity to represent your country is a great one against a fantastic opposition so we are looking forward to it.
12.06 IST: Rohit Sharma: We're bowling first. We have had a good record chasing. Gives us another opportunity to see how we can bat second. Looks like a good pitch. Like I said on the 5th ODI, we wanted to bat second as there was some moisture on the pitch and challenge them. A lot of the guys who have played ODIs have gone back. Guys like Rishabh and Krunal are back and we need to give them some chances.
12.05 IST: Rishabh Pant returns to the squad, Pandya brothers to play together for the first time.
12.02 IST: TOSS - Rohit Sharma has won the toss and India will bowl first.
11.56 IST: PITCH REPORT - A roller is being used on the wicket and Aakash Chopra says that the pitch will remain good to bat on but spinners will have a say in it. Also, the wind will play a part in the game.
11.43 IST: New Zealand women (159/4) beat India women (136) by 23 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Mandhana 58, Lea Tahuhu 3/20
11.33 IST: And, Harmanpreet Kaur falls for 17. India staring at a defeat in the first women's T20I of the three-match series.
11.32 IST: The Indian men's team has already reached the Westpac Stadium and are now waiting for the match to get over.
11.31 IST: India started off really well with Smriti Mandhana smashing the fastest T20I fifty by an Indian woman but once she fell, the visitors lost wickets in a flurry and now staring at a steep task.
11.30 IST: Currently, the Indian women's team is playing against the White Ferns. India need 38 runs from 18 balls with four wickets in hand but the good thing is skipper Harmanpreet Kaur is still at the crease.
11.26 IST: The conditions in Wellington are fantastic for swing bowling with little moisture and cloudy skies all around.
Brief Preview: India have hit the homestretch of a memorable three-month tour and the rampant visitors will be fancying another series win when they clash with under pressure hosts New Zealand in the opening T20 International here on Wednesday. While regular skipper Virat Kohli is getting the much-needed rest, the Rohit Sharma-led squad will be hoping it has enough left in the tank to record a maiden T20 series win in New Zealand, following a record 4-1 result in ODIs and a historic tour of Australia. (Read full preview here)