All about records set by team India against NZ in T20s.
As the three-match T20 series beckons India, the side knows that their last challenge this winter overseas holds a great magnitude of importance for them. It’s not only a chance to continue their supremacy and build on what has been an extremely impressive Australian and New Zealand visit but also finally conquered a frontier that has eluded them for so long. Not only has India never won a T20 series in New Zealand till date but have also registered a dire showing against the country in all the T20s the two sides have been involved till in date.
Overall India has managed to win in just 2 attempts in 9 occasions in the country. In fact, the dominance New Zealand held over India till the recent time was so severe that the country managed to break free of its shackles only in 2017 when they brought an end to a harsh and agonising record of 6 straight defeats against NZ in T20s with a 53 run win against them in New Delhi.
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That stellar show in New Zealand is what this Indian side will be looking to take inspiration from. It was an exuberant showing by them, seeing them put on a mammoth 202-3 in a match of many firsts for New Zealand. So dominant was team India on the day that they had pushed back New Zealand to not picking up a wicket in the first 10 overs, the first time ever for the country and also eliminating the exemplary Boult, taking 49 runs off his over to give him his worst figures in T20s.
It was a win that gave the hosts immense confidence of going onto scripting something they had never managed earlier, winning their first ever T20 series against an opponent who had till then completely dominated them. And it is that prestigious triumph that they’ll be looking to emulate when they take on the hosts at the Westpac Stadium in the first T20.
It will be a mean task for India though especially at a Westpac Stadium where New Zealand has been in effervescent touch, battering oppositions at relative ease. In their last 5 encounters at the venue, they have defeated England, Pakistan twice and West Indies once to put in front of India a daunting target.
Expect the team winning the toss opting to bowl first without hesitation with the grass veering indulging in pace, swing and bounce for the pacers. 8 times out of 9 previously, the team winning the toss first has chosen to chase at the venue.
Records set by team India against NZ in T20s
- Up until that series win, India had lost the first T20 series the two contested in New Zealand, going down 2-0 in the 2007-8 series.
- They have overall ended up on the losing side in 9 out of the 11 encounters they’ve played in the country.
- Till the November 2017 win in Delhi, India had lost in 6 consecutive T20s to New Zealand. That particular 2-1 series win is the solitary T20 series they have managed to come on top off against their counterparts.
- Virat Kohli is the top run-scorer against New Zealand for India scoring 197 and 162 in 5 innings and his absence from the side will be a massive miss for the side.