Seifert blitzkrieg helps Kiwis beat India in opening T20

India had a good time in the ODI series versus New Zealand winning the series 2-1

Daryl Mitchell on debut was superb with his slower balls, that admittedly purchased more response off the pitch in the second innings.

When Tim Seifert was told he'd be opening in the first T20I in Wellington, he went and looked up videos.

India and New Zealand will play their first T20I match of the series, Rohit Sharma and his team would like to start it with a win.

Seifert and Colin Munro blazed away at the top of the innings as New Zealand, looking to bounce back after being outplayed in the recent one-day global series, posted their third highest Twenty20 total of 219.

Coming off a comprehensive 4-1 loss in the one-day series, New Zealand turned the tables in the first T20 with impressive performances with both bat and ball.

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. Daryll bowled really well and played a good cameo down the order. "So it was a combination of both". MS Dhoni top-scored for India with 39 runs off 31 balls while no other batsman managing to impress much with the willow. Dinesh Karthik, however, had dropped a couple of catches. The fielding was poor as plenty of catches were dropped and the batting was a disaster.

"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. "It's just that you have to learn from every game", he said. It was only the eighth time India has been bowled out in a T20 global.

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. "With series against England and the Windies coming up, we will definitely look to get maximum points", Mithali was quoted as saying in a release from the International Cricket Council.

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