India-New Zealand T20I: How Dinesh Karthik’s catch became the day’s highlight

Wellington: Dinesh Karthik’s incredible catch at the boundary made many hearts pause, and then go “wow”. During India’s first T20 International vs New Zealand at Wellington, Dinesh Karthik took a well-controlled catch at the boundary, which went on to become the highlight of the day.

Dinesh took the catch to dismiss Daryl Mitchell in the 15th over. Here’s the video going viral on the Internet.

On Wednesday, Tim Seifert played 84-run knock and Tim Southee claimed three wickets as New Zealand thrashed India by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

MS Dhoni was the top-scorer for India with 39 runs off 31 balls while no other batsman managed to impress much with the willow. Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart with 84 runs off 43 balls as New Zealand posted a commanding 219 for six. The home team was earlier routed 4-1 in the five-match One-day International series.

As the opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) departed within the powerplay overs, the chase became a difficult one and India crumbled for 139 in 19.2 overs.

Krunal Pandya felt that India’s defeat was “a combination of both poor bowling and some great batting by the Black Caps”. “They batted really well and we bowled a few loose deliveries as well. So it was a combination of both.”

A couple of catches were dropped including one by wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, when Man of the match Tim Seifert hadn’t scored much, but then Seifert went on to smash 84 off 43 balls with seven fours and six sixes. Dinesh Karthik also dropped a sitter in the deep.

Krunal said, “Dropping catches is a part and parcel of the game. One day you might take a blinder like Siraj and then another day two catches (Dhoni and Karthik) get dropped as well. It’s just that you have to learn from every game,” he said.

India had never lost a T20 International by 50 or more runs prior to this match. India’s previous worst was a 49-run loss to Australia back in 2010.  “We failed to get a good partnership. 200 was never going to be easy to chase,” said Rohit in the post-match presentation.

New Zealand bowlers kept the pressure on Indian batsmen, especially the two spinners, left-arm orthodox Mitchell Santner (2/24 in 4 overs) and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (2/26 in 3 overs).

(With inputs from Agencies)