Stunning Seifert leads Aotearoa thrashing of India

Stunning Seifert leads Aotearoa thrashing of India

Stunning Seifert leads Aotearoa thrashing of India

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. But Seifert never let the momentum drop and hit two more sixes off Krunal, who just kept on pushing the ball through a flatter trajectory.

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. In addition, the second ranked India haven't lost a bilateral T20 series since September 2017.

India were all out in reply for 139 with four balls remaining, in only the eighth time they have failed to bat through in 20-over innings.

Tim Southee (3-17) was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers while Lockie Ferguson (2-22) took the key wicket of Shikhar Dhawan (29), just as the India opener was beginning to fire.

However, Seifert said he isn't worrying too much about the World Cup. Shankar miscued a big hit one ball later, and India were in tatters, with Ish Sodhi's spin yet to come.

Daryl Mitchell, son of former All Blacks rugby coach and current England assistant coach John Mitchell, took a wicket on debut.

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Only Mahendra Singh Dhoni offered resistance with a gritty 39 but the veteran wicketkeeper's effort went in vain as wickets tumbled at the other end.

India earlier had a horror with the ball after Rohit Sharma opted to bowl; Kane Williamson wanted to do the same at the toss.

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.

It was a dominant display by New Zealand in the opening T20 game as the batters had a superb day.

India also had to pay a price for dropping catches in the field.

Seifert had a life on 71 when dropped on the boundary by Dinesh Karthik and added a further 13 runs before he was bowled by Khaleel Ahmed.

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