New Zealand crush India by 80 runs in 1st T20I

New Zealand crush India by 80 runs in 1st T20I

An aggressive 84 by Tim Seifert set up an 80-run win for New Zealand against India in their opening Twenty20 worldwide against India in Wellington on Wednesday.

Propelled by a brilliant innings from Tim Seifert, New Zealand finished the 20 overs on 219-6. Tim Seifert keeper-batsman blasted his way to 84 runs in just 43 balls. As far as the New Zealand bowling was concerned, it was equally impressive as they bowled out India for 139 runs to record a massive victory. New Zealand coach Gary Stead has recently spoken of the possibility that Henry Nicholls, who has rarely kept wicket at any level in recent years, could play that role behind Latham. Daryl Mitchell on debut was superb with his slower balls, that admittedly purchased more response off the pitch in the second innings.

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

With the opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) departing within the powerplay overs, the chase became a hard one and India were all out for 139 in 19.2 overs. "They batted really well and we bowled a few loose deliveries as well". Dinesh Karthik also dropped a sitter in the deep.


"Yeah, obviously. I'd be lying if I said Baz wasn't one of my heroes growing up", Seifert later said, at his post-match press conference.

"I kind of just looked at the field and, you know, it's all in the moment".

Rohit Sharma can become the highest run-scorer in T20 internationals as only New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill and Pakistan's Shoaib Malik is ahead of him.

Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while fellow pacer Lockie Ferguson and spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi claimed two each as India suffered their worst defeat by runs since a 49-run loss to Australia at the 2010 World T20. "200 was never going to be easy to chase", said Rohit in the post-match presentation. "We failed to get a good partnership".

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