Get the app

Sponsored: ZestMoney Moments of the Match

Cricketnext Staff | February 7, 2019, 7:13 PM IST

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

Put in to bat first on what was a flat Wellington wicket by stand-in Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, New Zealand mustered up a mammoth score of 219/6 before dismissing their opponents for a paltry 139 in 19.2 overs.

Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while fellow pacer Lockie Ferguson and spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi claimed two each as India suffered their worst defeat by runs since a 49-run loss to Australia at the 2010 World T20.

India entered the series high on confidence after having won the ODI series 4-1 and were expected to dominate in the T20Is as well. However, the batting line-up most definitely missed out on the stability offered by regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the three T20 matches after also having been rested for both the final two ODIs.

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.

Earlier, Seifert made the most of two reprieves - both courtesy of dropped catches - to smash seven fours and six boundaries en route to his maiden half-century.

Opening in the absence of the injured Martin Guptill, the 24-year-old put together an 86-run stand with Colin Munro to lay the foundation for a big score.

After Munro perished for 34, Seifert and skipper Williamson added another 48 runs before cameos by Ross Taylor and Scott Kuggeleijn took New Zealand past the 200 mark.

The second T20 takes place in Auckland on Friday.

Related Story

Top Videos

Cricketnext Staff | Friday Aug 16, 2019 | 07:26 pm IST

WATCH | Ravi Shastri More in Tune With Team than Other Applicants: CAC

Cricketnext Staff | Friday Aug 16, 2019 | 07:44 pm IST

WATCH | Process of Selection of Coach is Important: Memon

More videos

Cricketnext Staff | Jul 25, 2020 | 11:33 am IST

WATCH | The Laws of Cricket Challenge, Episode 8 With Karun Nair

Cricketnext Staff | Jul 21, 2020 | 04:36 pm IST

With T20 World Cup Postponed, Will BCCI Organise IPL In 2020?

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3882 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5093 127
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 South Africa 3345 108
5 Australia 3518 107
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 5285 278
2 England 4564 268
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 5470 260
5 South Africa 4380 258
see more