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New Zealand lost the T20I series to India; 5 Reasons Why they lost.

Valentine Chinyem



After losing the five-match T20 series against India, New Zealand got an embarrassing record against their name. They have now become a team which has lost most number of T20Is. The Blackcaps have now lost a total of 65 matches so far, while Sri Lanka is second in this regard, having lost a total of 64 matches so far.

Losing the 5th and final T20I against India in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, also meant that the Blackcaps for the first time were blanked in a 5 match T20I series at home.

Now we will dwell into some reasons why this nightmare of a thing happened with the Blackcaps.

Over reliance on Kane Williamson – 

There’s no doubt over the potential Kane Williamson possess. Be it ODI, TEST or T20I’s he has been the backbone of the Blackcaps batting unit for some time now. The same was evident in the recently concluded series against India where a heavy burden of work was to be done by the skipper himself.  

The openers were failing to capitalize and all was left for Kane Williamson. IndiaFantasy  The skipper did his bit in the first and especially the third T20I but the burden on his shoulder was seen imperatively. He was looking after one end but wasn’t getting any support from the other which definitely raised 

question mark over the Blackcaps middle-order. The team management should look in for someone who hangs around with the skipper and rightly finish matches for the side.

Lack of depth in seam bowling options – 

One of the main reasons for New Zealand’s demise in the five-match T20I series was the lack of quality and depth in the bowling department. Senior pacers such as Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry were all on the sidelines due to injury which made life difficult for Tim Southee. The pressure was quite evident on Southee as he even got dispatched twice in the Super Over, once  by conceding 17 runs and the second time by giving away 13 runs. Had the pace trio mentioned above not been injured then the series could have had a different outlook by the time it got over. Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have got a total of 60 wickets from 41 T20Is for New Zealand.

All-rounders failing to fire with both bat and ball – 

The Allrounders have also disappointed on New Zealand’s behalf. Colin de Grandhomme in particular is considered as the frontline batting allrounder but failed to impress in the first three T20Is. Colin de Grandhomme ‘s score of 0, 3 and 5 got him the axe in the fourth and fifth T20I as he wasn’t even being frequently used in the bowling attack. Mitchell Santner did well with the ball and in the field but couldn’t contribute much with the bat either. The Kiwi all-rounders inability of finishing the game for the hosts played a big part in the Kiwis poor run of results.

Lower order not firing in the slog overs – 

Apart from the field restrictions, the slog overs are the ones where batsmen try to get into the bowlers head and make an impact. The likes of Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert and Mitchell Santner were the chosen ones for this responsibility but not performing in cohesion cost them.

However, once Kane Williamson was sidelined due to a shoulder injury, Tim Seifert was promoted up the order and he managed to score two fifties in the two innings he played at number three. 

This clearly states the fact that Seifert feels comfortable batting at the top and the Blackcaps should look for more options at no 6 and 7. Someone like James Neesham, Kieran Noema-Barnett or even Nick Kelly can be tried.

Top order failing to convert good starts

The openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro’s couldn’t get going unison which dented New Zealand’s hopes to get a big score.

Barring the first game where they stitched a 50+ run stand, they never looked comfortable scoring runs. This is also one major issue which didn’t let New Zealand get into the groove.

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