New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats

New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats

Propelled by a brilliant innings from Tim Seifert, New Zealand finished the 20 overs on 219-6.

New Zealand handed out India a hammering in the first T20I, crushing them by 80 runs - India's worst defeat in the shortest format of the game.

The Northern Districts wicketkeeper struck 84 off just 43 balls from the top of the order, notching up sevens fours and six sixes in total.

Seifert, whose previous best innings in eight internationals was an unbeaten 14 on debut, gave New Zealand a flying start.

Tim Southee is congratulated by team-mates after taking a wicket against India in Wellington.

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"Kinda amusing when I got told that I'll be opening the innings", Seifert said.

"It was a great way to start the series and the boys are really happy". Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma would like to break these three records in the first T20I if he gets going with the bat.

But a searing Lockie Ferguson yorker to get rid of Shikhar Dhawan for a brisk 29 and put the visitors back on their heels.

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). Dhoni came in late when the asking rate was more than 12 per over, he looked in the mood to go after the bowling, but it was too little too late as he hit a 31-ball 39.

"One of the complete performances you search for". But on a flat pitch, Seifert and Colin Munro tore into India's opening bowlers with a 86-run opening stand in 8.2 overs, spurring on the least economical figures for Bhuvneshwar Kumar in T20Is: 1 for 47. In addition, the second ranked India haven't lost a bilateral T20 series since September 2017.