Highest powerplay scores for India vs NZ in T20Is
The most runs India have scored in the Powerplay in T20 Internationals against New Zealand was in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup at Johannesburg.
76/1 Johannesburg 2007
In the 13th match of the 2007 T20 World Cup between India and New Zealand, the Kiwis batted first and put on a massive 190 run total on the board, courtesy of explosive knocks from Brendon McCullum, Craig McMillan and Jacob Oram.
In reply, India started off with a bang as well, with the opening partnership adding 76 runs within the Powerplay.
Gautam Gambhir made 51 of 33 balls at a strike rate of 154 while Virender Sehwag struck 40 off just 17 deliveries, going at a sensational strike rate of 235. However, the team could not carry on the momentum and ended up losing the match by 10 runs.
69/0 Hamilton 2020
In a bilateral T20 International between the two teams, India struck 69 runs without losing any wicket at Hamilton in 2020.
69/0 Kolkata 2021
With the series already in the bag, India decided to let their hair down as Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan carted the New Zealand bowlers to all parts of the park.
The openers added 69 runs without losing any wicket in the Powerplay and ensured an Indian domination in the match through and through.
Seam bowling all rounderHarshal Patel was playing his debut series and was really excited after the result. Patel had this to say.
“It seems so easy. But I know it is a pendulum and it is going to turn the other way some time. You have to be ready for all of that and be switched on. My skill set is not going to change overnight, I have had success by doing the things I do well. I tried to do the same in the IPL and executed well and got the results. Execution is a big part of the delivery, if you get it wrong more often than not it is going to sail over the rope. Sometimes your confidence is not up to the mark but you have to keep backing yourself. The slower ball is a weapon that I use often and one that I bank on.”
The Indian bowlers wrapped up things quickly but it was the batsmen who set up the victory within the powerplay.