Seifert blasts Black Caps to big win

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New Zealand opener Tim Seifert scored 84 off 43 balls as the hosts thumped India by 80 runs on Wednesday in the first Twenty20 global (T20I) to hand the visitors their biggest-ever loss in the shortest format of the game.

Propelled by a brilliant innings from Tim Seifert, New Zealand finished the 20 overs on 219-6.

After making his T20 debut past year, Seifert really announced himself on the global stage last night when he smashed 84 runs off 43 balls as the opener.

India were then bowled out for 139 with four balls remaining to go down 1-0 in the three-match series.

In the early part of its innings, India was close to the pace set by New Zealand.

MS Dhoni was the top-scorer for India with 39 runs off 31 balls while no other batsman managed to impress much with the willow.

Outplayed 1-4 by India in the five-match ODI series, Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson was happy to finally see his team produce a "complete performance" in the first T20I.

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As the opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) departed within the powerplay overs, the chase became a hard one and India crumbled for 139 in 19.2 overs. While Pant didn't do his chances any good, Vijay Shankar impressed during his little cameo but would need to do more in order to book a place in that World Cup bound squad. Dinesh Karthik, however, had dropped a couple of catches.

India also had to pay a price for dropping catches in the field.

"Yeah, obviously. I'd be lying if I said Baz wasn't one of my heroes growing up", Seifert later said, at his post-match press conference.

Their previous worst defeat was by 49 runs against Australia at Bridgetown in 2010.

India had never lost a T20 worldwide by 50 or more runs prior to this match. But we didn't have (even) small partnerships and that made it tougher.

In his post-match press conference, Seifert said he had watched quite a bit of McCullum growing up. New Zealand bowlers kept the pressure on Indian batsmen, especially the two spinners - left-arm orthodox Mitchell Santner and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

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