Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Black Caps hand India heaviest ever T20 defeat

Black Caps hand India heaviest ever T20 defeat

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On Wednesday, Tim Seifert played an impressive 84-run knock and Tim Southee claimed three wickets as New Zealand thrashed India by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.

"It was one of those complete performances that you do search for", beamed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, happy to see his side bounce back from the drubbing inflicted by India in the recent one-day global series. The defeat was India's worst in terms of runs in a T20I. In the chase, India were bowled out for a mere 139 in 19.2 overs.

"We'll look to see what target is set for us and look to chase it down". India welcomed back Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, and Krunal Pandya, while New Zealand handed an global debut to Northern Districts allrounder Daryl Mitchell, the son of former All Black John Mitchell, who later coached the rugby side. They had some luck - there's always some luck in this format - but Seifert was in fine form, picking up anything that drifted into his pads on his way to seven fours and six sixes.

Kane Williamson added a vital 34 to the New Zealand cause and there were enterprising cameos late in the innings from Ross Taylor with 23 off 14 and an unbeaten 20 from seven deliveries by Scott Kuggeleijn.

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Faced with batting at 11 an over, India faltered from the start when Sharma went for one.

But a searing Lockie Ferguson yorker to get rid of Shikhar Dhawan for a brisk 29 put the visitors back on their heels.

MS Dhoni (39) and Krunal Pandya (20) arrested the slide with a 52-run partnership before the last three wickets fell for 10 runs.

Watch the second Twenty20 worldwide between New Zealand and India from 5.55am, Friday on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.

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