Biggest defeats for NZ in T20Is

New Zealand’s 103-run loss at Christchurch in 2010 was their biggest defeat by runs in T20Is.

103 vs Pak Christchurch 2010  

In the third match of the 3-match series between New Zealand and Pakistan in 2010, Pakistan batted first and made 183 runs which was quite a big total in 2010. Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Hafeez added 81 runs for the opening partnership.

New Zealand in reply were bowled out for just 80 runs, with each of their top four batters scoring ducks. As a result, New Zealand were bowled out for just 80 runs within 16 overs.

78 vs SA Auckland 2017  

South Africa proved to be too good for New Zealand in a T20 International between the two teams in 2017 as the home team lost my 78 runs.

76 vs Eng Napier 2019  

England thrashed New Zealand by 76 runs in a T20 International at Napier in 2019.

73 vs Ind Kolkata 2021 

Chasing 185, New Zealand could never really get into the chase and were bowled out for just 111.

When Martin Guptill kicked off the innings with oomph, it seemed that New Zealand might give India a run for their money. Guptill ended up making 51 runs off just 36 balls with 4 boundaries and 4 sixes, going at a strike rate of 141.67.

He tried to play a shot too many and was ultimately caught by Suryakumar Yadav on the boundary against a googly from leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Only two other New Zealand batters could reach double figures as the team suffered a massive defeat by 73 runs.

This is what New Zealand’s stand-in captain Mitchell Santner had to say after the defeat.

“Tough one to predict what the dew is going to be like. They bowled very well at the top, especially Axar. Credit to India for the way they played throughout the series. We were probably off. Came up against a very good Indian side. There were periods in every game. Pressure Rahul and Rohit put on us was tough to come back from. He’s obviously a great player for us (Kane).”

“With the schedule being quite tight, it gives other guys an opportunity. With the WC being in 11 months time you always look ahead. The way Guptill batted at the top, different guys chipping in at different times (positives). Challenging as a spinner with dew around. Second game was very wet. The way Ashwin and Axar adapted was brilliant.”

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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