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1st T20I: New Zealand crush India by 80 runs to take 1-0 lead


WELLINGTON: A below-par India slumped to their worst ever defeat in T20 Internationals as New Zealand outclassed the guests in all departments to win the first match of the sequence by way of a comprehensive 80-run margin on Wednesday.

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Batting first, unheralded keeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart blasting 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand posted a commanding 219 for six.

With the crack opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) departing throughout the Powerplay overs, the chase became a hard one and India had been all out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39 off 31 balls) did play his part nevertheless it used to be at all times an not possible chase with wickets falling at common intervals at the different end. India had never lost a T20 International by way of 50 or extra runs prior to this match. India's previous worst used to be a 49-run loss to Australia back in 2010.

"We failed to get a good partnership. 200 was never going to be easy to chase," said Rohit in the post-match presentation.

New Zealand bowlers stored the power on Indian batsmen, particularly the 2 spinners -- left-arm orthodox Mitchell Santner (2/24 in 4 overs) and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (2/26 in 3 overs).

Senior pacer Tim Southee (3/17 in 4 overs) had the best figures a number of the bowlers and the best supply of the match used to be bowled by way of Lockie Ferguson, who yorked Dhawan.

They stored the batsmen under tight take a look at and for some like World Cup aspirant Rishabh Pant (4, 10 balls), it used to be a frustrating little stay in the heart and he merely couldn't get going.

On a pitch where Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (1/35 in 4 overs) and Krunal (1/37 in 4 overs) went for plenty, the Black Caps sluggish bowlers literally tightened the noose on the guests.

While Pant did not do his probabilities any excellent, Vijay Shankar (27 off 18 balls) inspired all through his little cameo however would wish to do extra to be able to e-book a place in that World Cup certain squad.

The Pandya bothers -- Krunal and Hardik -- persisted a contrasting day.

While Krunal (he also scored 20 off 18 balls) had an k time out, Hardik would briefly love to disregard the nightmare (2/51 in 4 overs and four runs) sooner than India play the second match of the sequence in Auckland on Friday.

Earlier, Seifert, whose previous best score in T20 Internationals occurs to be 14, used to be promoted to open along Colin Munro (34 off 20 balls) they usually added 86 runs in handiest eight.2 overs in a whirlwind start.

Seifert's knock had seven fours and half a dozen sixes, environment the tone for a big total.

Seifert confirmed the intent straightaway as he gave Bhuvneshwar Kumar the price, picking the knuckle ball early, dispatching it over mid-wicket for a six. The subsequent shot used to be a four as he stood and hammered past the bowler.

With Munro hitting Khaleel Ahmed (1/48 in 4 overs) for two successive sixes, New Zealand had been off to a blazing start scoring 44 off the first four overs.

Seifert used to be fortunate to survive when Dhoni dropped a sharp probability after the batsman had edged one off Krunal.

But he promptly put the next supply into the stands, shifting across towards off and sweeping it over backward sq. leg.

There weren't any indicators of overt footwork however he shuffled enough inside the crease to make room for the large photographs and in the process disturbed the road and period of the bowlers.

When Hardik drifted on the leg stump, he used to be flicked in the back of the sq. and when he pitched extensive outdoor off-stump, he used to be lofted over the cover point area.

In Hardik's subsequent over, Seifert once more hit the bowler for a boundary and a flicked six. In between, his elder brother Krunal used to be transfer hit for a boundary.


The elder Pandya in the end got a breakthrough when Munro used to be caught in the deep off Vijay Shankar.


But Seifert never let the momentum drop and hit two extra sixes off Krunal, who just stored on pushing the ball via a flatter trajectory.


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