New Zealand come right as India crash to worst T20 defeat

New Zealand come right as India crash to worst T20 defeat

New Zealand come right as India crash to worst T20 defeat

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.

India folded for 139 in 19.2 overs collapsing to their worst-ever defeat by 80 runs in the first T20 worldwide.

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

In contrast, India struggled to attain any momentum in its innings.

Only MS Dhoni offered some form of resistance with a gritty 39 but the veteran wicketkeeper's effort went in vain as wickets tumbled at the other end and will also open up old criticisms about his ability to accelerate his scoring rate when the team needs it.

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In the sixth, Lockie Ferguson bowled Dhawan with a 151.5 kph (94 mph) yorker.

Santner removed Shankar in the same over, the ninth of the innings, as India slid to 65/4.

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. "We always knew 200 is not going to be an easy chase, although the grounds are smaller here".

"The last time we played the Qualifiers, but this time we want to have direct qualification for 2021".

Seifert blazed his way to a maiden T20 half century from only 30 balls with five fours and three sixes.

Seifert and Colin Munro blazed away at the top of the innings as New Zealand, looking to bounce back after being outplayed in the recent one-day worldwide series, posted their third highest Twenty20 total of 219.

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

Dinesh took the catch to dismiss Daryl Mitchell in the 15th over.

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