Why were New Zealand players sporting pink paint on their face vs India in the final T20 International at the Bay Oval today?
The Indian team completed the decimation of New Zealand with yet another win when the sides locked horns at the Bay Oval today. The Kiwis, just as they’ve done all through the series, failed to keep their composure despite being in a commanding position at one point.
Rohit Sharma went hammer and thongs against the hosts earlier in the day. However, once he retired hurt, India were restricted to 163/3 in their 20 overs. With 57 runs required off their last 54 deliveries, it seemed that New Zealand would finally pick a win.
Unfortunately, the black caps choked once again to give India a 7 run victory and wrap the 5 match series 4-0. Apart from what is now a routine collapse from the otherwise brilliant side, the pink paint on their faces is what made the headlines.
Why were New Zealand players sporting pink paint on their face vs India?
What may appear as colored sunscreen was actually New Zealand’s cricket team to extent their support to New Zealand women’s team– White Ferns, ahead of their T20 World Cup campaign. ANZ, the official sponsors of New Zealand Cricket, had requested fans to pick up the free zinc from their branches or use the supporter filter on Facebook.
12 overs into the Indian batting innings at Bay Oval. India 101/2 Bennett dismissing Rahul for 45 in the 12th. Pink zinc on in support of the @WHITE_FERNS ahead of the @T20WorldCup. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/C9zslxZiaE #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/0bK6ixinhR
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 2, 2020
The New Zealand women’s side will hope to fare better than their counterparts who have now suffered 23 defeats at home– most by any side in T20 Internationals. The Men themselves will hope for a better showing when they take on the visitors in the three-match ODI series starting from 5 February at Seddon Park.
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