Tim Seifert, Tim Southee lead New Zealand's all-round display as Kiwis inflict record loss on India in first T20I
India lost the first T20I at Wellington by 80 runs, their biggest defeat in the shortest defeat to concede a 1-0 lead to New Zealand.
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Ajinkya Rahane looked equally attractive during his knock of 67 off 149 balls and the two Mumbaikars added 162 runs for the fourth wicket, making it worth the effort for the 15,000 who flocked the Chepauk as Indian cricket welcomed its fans back in the stadium amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
India vs England: Rohit Sharma defends Chepauk pitch, says every team has right to extract home advantage
Rohit, who hit a dazzling 161 in the second Test in Chennai, said he hardly bothers about type of pitches while batting.
Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, and Tim Seifert are bound for IPL and they could be joined by several teammates among 20 New Zealanders entered in Thursday's player auction.