India’s rookie all-rounder Krunal Pandya appealed for obstructing the field against Tim Seifert. However, the standing umpire gave the decision in favor of the hosts. New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson played the ball back towards the bowler. However, Pandya could not reach the ball as Tim Seifert was in the way.
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Subsequently, the greenhorn all-rounder was not impressed by the non-striker and appealed the same to the umpire. However, the appeal was turned down by the standing umpire. The incident happened in the ninth over of the New Zealand innings. Seifert who was at the non-striker’s end turned his back towards Krunal Pandya and had no idea that the bowler was going for a catch. Thus, Seifert did the right thing and stood his ground.
Pandya didn’t get the decision in his favour.
Meanwhile, Tim Seifert played a match-winning knock of 84 runs from 43 balls. The right-hander batted in the topmost gear as he was able to hit the ground running. The right-hander scored seven fours and six maximums in his blistering knock.
Subsequently, New Zealand was able to post a gargantuan total of 219 runs after Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first. Colin Munro also gave a good start to his team as he batted with aplomb.
Munro and Tim Seifert added 66 runs in the first six overs and made most the field restrictions. They added a vital alliance of 86 runs for the opening stand. Furthermore, Kane Williamson scored a good cameo inning of 34 runs from 22 balls. Moreover, Scott Kuggeleijn gave the finishing touches to the Kiwis innings as he scored 20 runs from seven balls.
However, India could not get going in their batting innings as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The second T20I will take place on 8th February and India will like to keep breathing in the series.
Here is Krunal Pandya’s appeal: