New Zealand got off to a flying start after winning the toss against India in the first T20I at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Openers Colin Munro and Tim Seifert kept smashing boundaries at will in the opening overs of the match and put on 86 runs in 8.2 overs for the first wicket before the partnership was eventually broken by Krunal Pandya with the help of a bit of brilliance in the field from Vijay Shankar.
Krunal Pandya, who was bowling his third over, had failed to get his lines and lengths right in his first two overs and had already conceded 17 runs without a wicket. The all rounder seemed to be bowling without a proper plan before MS Dhoni decided to come to his aid in between the overs. The duo were spotted having a small chat during the break in between the overs and it turned out to be a massive turnaround for Team India as Munro was dismissed on the very second ball after the break.
It was beautifully tossed up by Krunal Pandya outside the off stump inviting Munro to go for it and he tried to club it over long on for a big six. The left hander however failed to get the timing right on it and the ball landed straight down the throat of Vijay Shankar at long on who made no mistake at all. It was a much needed breakthrough for Team India as the dangerous looking Colin Munro was finally dismissed after scoring 34 from just 20 balls and it was the evergreen MS Dhoni once again who turned up as the mastermind behind the dismissal.
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