Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert hit 84 from 43 balls to help New Zealand to an 80-run win over India in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.
Seifert’s maiden half century lifted New Zealand to 219-6 after being put in to bat, and the team then handed India its worst loss in Twenty20 when it was bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs.
It was only the eighth time India has been bowled out in a T20 international. An opening partnership of 86 in 8.2 overs between Seifert and Colin Munro (34) got New Zealand off to a strong start.
Captain Kane Williamson hit 34 from 22 balls, Ross Taylor 23 from 14 and Scott Kuggeleijn 20 from only seven deliveries as New Zealand posted its highest score in T20 matches at the Wellington Regional Stadium. In contrast, India struggled to attain any momentum in its innings.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck 29 from 18 balls with two fours and three sixes and Vijay Shankar hit 27 from 28 with two fours and two sixes. Wickets fell at regular intervals although M.S. Dhoni top-scored with 39 from 31 balls and was out two balls before the end. In the early part of its innings, India was close to the pace set by New Zealand.
It was 46-1 after five overs when New Zealand had been 54-0; the equation becoming more balanced when Dhawan struck 18 from the fifth over. In the sixth, Lockie Ferguson bowled Dhawan with a 151.5 kph (94 mph) yorker.
Mitchell Santner then removed Rishabh Pant (4) and Shankar in the space of two balls in the ninth over. Apart from Dhoni, only Krunal Pandya (20 from 18 balls) made an impact in the lower half of the order. Here are some memes trolling Team India:
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