New Zealand come right as India crash to worst T20 defeat

New Zealand come right as India crash to worst T20 defeat

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.

Black Caps batsman Tim Seifert hits out against India.

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. Tim Seifert keeper-batsman blasted his way to 84 runs in just 43 balls.

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

When Ish Sodhi (2-26) struck twice in the 11th over, the game was all but up for India. Daryl Mitchell on debut was superb with his slower balls, that admittedly purchased more response off the pitch in the second innings.

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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.

Earlier, Seifert, whose previous best score in T20 Internationals happens to be 14, was promoted to open alongside Colin Munro and they added 86 runs in only 8.2 overs in a whirlwind start.

A self-confessed fan of Brendon McCullum, Seifert said he had watched and followed the former skipper while growing up. They may even further consolidate their winning habit as they now take on beleaguered New Zealand in T20 Internationals. The fielding was poor as plenty of catches were dropped and the batting was a disaster. Karthik dropped another catch, that of Ross Taylor on 19 off Hardik Pandya this time.

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

"Kinda amusing when I got told that I'll be opening the innings", Seifert told Star Sports, after setting up New Zealand's 80-run win with an explosive 43-ball 84, "I YouTubed Brendon McCullum and watched some of his innings".

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