India crashed to their worst ever Twenty20 defeat when an aggressive 84 by Tim Seifert set New Zealand up for an 80 run win in Wellington on Wednesday. MS Dhoni top-scored for India with 39 runs off 31 balls while no other batsman managing to impress much with the willow.
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 global series, posted their third highest Twenty20 total of 219. It was only the eighth time India has been bowled out in a T20 worldwide. With the crack opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan departing within the Powerplay, the chase became a hard one and India were all out for 139 in 19.2 overs. Tim Southee, who finished with figures of 3 for 17, outwitted Rohit Sharma with a short ball early in the game, having him caught at deep square leg, and Shikhar Dhawan was then bettered by a 151 kph yorker from Lockie Ferguson.
Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi picked four wickets between them, both of them striking twice in an over to break India's backbone. The next shot was a four as he stood and hammered past the bowler.
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Daryl Mitchell, son of former All Blacks rugby coach and current England assistant coach John Mitchell, took a wicket on debut.
Meanwhile, the gesture shown by New Zealand's opening batsman Colin Munro during the first innings in Wellington was a shocking anti-thesis to all the unethical business in cricket. "Seifert was excellent", Williamson said.
It was a dominant display by New Zealand in the opening T20 game as the batters had a superb day. The fielding was poor as plenty of catches were dropped and the batting was a disaster.
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.