Kiwis hand India biggest ever T20 thumping

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An aggressive 84 by Tim Seifert set up an 80-run win for New Zealand against India in their opening Twenty20 worldwide against India in Wellington on Wednesday.

The wicket-keeper batsman blasted a 43-ball 84 to lay the foundation of New Zealand's 219/6 against India at the Westpac Stadium. Batting first, New Zealand posted a mammoth 219 runs for six wickets. In addition, the second ranked India haven't lost a bilateral T20 series since September 2017.

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. The next shot was a four as he stood and hammered past the bowler. Seifert was lucky to survive when Dhoni dropped a sharp chance after the batsman had edged one off Krunal. "Seifert was excellent", Williamson said.

Seifert, whose previous best innings in eight internationals was an unbeaten 14 on debut, gave New Zealand a flying start.

Only MS Dhoni offered some form of resistance with a gritty 39 but the veteran wicketkeeper's effort went in vain as wickets tumbled at the other end and will also open up old criticisms about his ability to accelerate his scoring rate when the team needs it. However, New Zealand's total score was 159/ 4 in 20 overs, opening batters couldn't hold the ground for long. hey did not start as Suzie Bates was caught out by Taniya Bhatia off Radha Yadav's bowling when the score was just 11.

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.

McCullum became world-renowned for his aggressive style and in 71 T20s for the Black Caps, he scored 2140 runs at an average of 35.66.

The only time India dominated the game was when Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya struck off consecutive deliveries to account for Mitchell and Williamson but an unbeaten knock of 20 off 7 balls by Kuggeleijn soared the hosts past 200, taking it beyond India before setting them their highest ever chase to win.

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