Seifert stars as New Zealand thrash India in first T20

Tim Seifert New Zealand

Tim Seifert smashed 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand handed India an 80-run spanking in the first T20I at Westpac Stadium.

Keeper-batsman Seifert and Colin Munro (34) laid the foundation for the Blackcaps’ mammoth 219/6. India never really threatened to reel it in, limping to 139 all out in the final over of a damp squib of a run-chase.

MS Dhoni made 39 to add a veneer of respectability, but it was still India’s heaviest ever T20 defeat by some margin, eclipsing a 49-run defeat to Australia in the 2010 World Twenty20.

Tim Southee took 3/17 in four tight overs, with Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi all picking up two wickets apiece.

Kane Wiliamson (34), Ross Taylor (23) and Scott Kuggeleijn (20 not out from 9 balls) helped propel New Zealand‘s total well past 200, the final total of 219 representing the country’s third-highest total in men’s T20 internationals and their seventh 200+ total.

Southee dismissed Rohit Sharma in the third over of India’s innings, with Shikhar Dhawan bowled by Ferguson before the end of the powerplay. When Mitchell Santner removed both Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar in the ninth over, India were 65/4 and already in a damage-limitation exercise.

When Sodhi repeated the two-wicket over trick just two overs later, not even the great Dhoni could do anything about a crushing defeat.

Seifert was duly named man of the match for his first T20I half-century. New Zealand will look to wrap up the series with a game to spare in Auckland on Friday. For India, the wait for a first T20 victory in New Zealand continues with their record there now reading played three, lost three.