New Zealand beats India by 80 runs in 1st T20

New Zealand beats India by 80 runs in 1st T20

New Zealand beats India by 80 runs in 1st T20

New Zealand opener Tim Seifert scored 84 off 43 balls as the hosts thumped India by 80 runs on Wednesday in the first Twenty20 global (T20I) to hand the visitors their biggest-ever loss in the shortest format of the game.

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.

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.

Chasing a record 220-run target, India stumbled to their biggest Twenty20 worldwide defeat, the 80-run loss arriving in pursuit of a 220-run target at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

When Ish Sodhi (2-26) struck twice in the 11th over, the game was all but up for India. 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.

Black Caps batsman Tim Seifert hits out against India.

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. Daryl Mitchell on debut was superb with his slower balls, that admittedly purchased more response off the pitch in the second innings. Dinesh Karthik also dropped a sitter in the deep.

A self-confessed fan of Brendon McCullum, Seifert said he had watched and followed the former skipper while growing up.

Seifert and Colin Munro combined in an opening stand of 86 in little more than eight overs - the latter made 34 off 20 as the home side got off to a flying start.

New Zealand benefited from the crucial opening partnership between Seifert and Munro.

Krunal said, "Dropping catches is a part and parcel of the game". Seifert was dropped twice by India. The Kiwis had scored 164 runs when Karthik took the catch.

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