India slumped to their worst defeat ever in T20 Internationals as New Zealand outclassed the visitors in all departments to win the first match of the series by a comprehensive 80-run margin on Wednesday.
After making his T20 debut past year, Seifert really announced himself on the global stage last night when he smashed 84 runs off 43 balls as the opener. 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.
India had never lost a T20 global by 50 or more runs prior to this match.
Shikhar Dhawan blazed away with a quick 29, but five wickets fell for 26 runs in 33 deliveries once he was bowled by Lockie Ferguson.
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When Ish Sodhi (2-26) struck twice in the 11th over, the game was all but up for India. The next shot was a four as he stood and hammered past the bowler. Shankar, batting at number three just when India ponder playing Virat Kohli at No.4 in the World Cup, used the clear deep fields to good use, taking Kuggeleijn for 2 fours and a six. Seifert was lucky to survive when Dhoni dropped a sharp chance after the batsman had edged one off Krunal.
Wickets fell at regular intervals although M.S. Dhoni top-scored with 39 from 31 balls and was out two balls before the end.
Dinesh took the catch to dismiss Daryl Mitchell in the 15th over.
With Munro hitting Khaleel Ahmed for two successive sixes, New Zealand were off to a blazing start scoring 44 off the first four overs.
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India earlier had a horror with the ball after Rohit Sharma opted to bowl; Kane Williamson wanted to do the same at the toss.
An opening partnership of 86 in 8.2 overs between Seifert and Colin Munro (34) got New Zealand off to a strong start.
When Latham returned for the ODIs against India, Seifert didn't find a place in the squad.
India were all out in reply for 139 with four balls remaining, in only the eighth time they have failed to bat through in a 20-over innings.
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