Seifert stars as New Zealand inflict India's worst T20 defeat READ MORE

Seifert stars as New Zealand inflict India's worst T20 defeat READ MORE

India crashed to their worst ever Twenty20 defeat when an aggressive 84 by Tim Seifert set New Zealand up for an 80 run win in Wellington on Wednesday.

In New Zealand's innings of 219 for six, all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, on T20 debut, sent one down the ground which looked destined for his first six on the worldwide stage.

Put in to bat first on what was a flat Wellington wicket by stand-in Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, New Zealand mustered up a mammoth score of 219/6 before dismissing their opponents for a paltry 139 in 19.2 overs.

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).

From 77/6, it took a 31-ball 39 from MS Dhoni to accord a sense of respectability to the Indian total.

Chasing a record 220-run target, India stumbled to their biggest Twenty20 global defeat, the 80-run loss arriving in pursuit of a 220-run target at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Daryll bowled really well and played a good cameo down the order.

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An opening partnership of 86 in 8.2 overs between Seifert and Colin Munro (34) got New Zealand off to a strong start.

Seifert blazed his way to a maiden T20 half century from only 30 balls with five fours and three sixes.

Game two in the three match series is in Auckland on Friday. They may even further consolidate their winning habit as they now take on beleaguered New Zealand in T20 Internationals. There weren't any signs of overt footwork but he shuffled enough inside the crease to make room for the big shots and in the process disturbed the line and length of the bowlers.

The elder Pandya finally got a breakthrough when Munro was caught in the deep off Vijay Shankar.

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.

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