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. Seifert made 84 runs from 43 balls hitting seven fours and six maximums. 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. They may even further consolidate their winning habit as they now take on beleaguered New Zealand in T20 Internationals.
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.
"It was a great way to start the series and the boys are really happy".
Seifert reached his maiden T20I half-century from 30 balls and after he and Williamson were dismissed, Ross Taylor (23) and Scott Kuggeleijn (20no) got New Zealand up to 200 and beyond. "I've been picked for some reason and I just backed myself", man of the match Seifert said.
New Zealand's Ish Sodhi (R) with teammates Tim Seifert (C) and Daryl Mitchell (L) celebrate their win in the first Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and India in Wellington on 6 February 2019.
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"We were outplayed in all three departments", India captain Rohit Sharma said.
Senior pacer Tim Southee had the best figures among the bowlers and the best delivery of the match was bowled by Lockie Ferguson, who yorked Dhawan.
"Fantastic performance all around, everyone rose and it was one of those complete performances that you search for".
"Kinda amusing when I got told that I'll be opening the innings", Seifert said. "We had the runs on the board, but the bowling and fielding too was of high standard", Williamson said.
New Zealand and India are set to play the second T20I of their series at Eden Park in Auckland.