New Zealand opener Tim Seifert scored 84 off 43 balls as the hosts thumped India by 80 runs on Wednesday in the first Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) to hand the visitors their biggest-ever loss in the shortest format of the game. Seifert was lucky to survive when Dhoni dropped a sharp chance after the batsman had edged one off Krunal. Tim Seifert was exceptional for the Black Caps as he scored 84 runs in 43 balls to get the team to a massive total of 219 in their quota of overs.
Seifert, whose previous best innings in eight internationals was an unbeaten 14 on debut, gave New Zealand a flying start.
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.
Tim Southee is congratulated by team-mates after taking a wicket against India in Wellington. "I've been picked for some reason and I just backed myself", man of the match Seifert said.
"It was a great way to start the series and the boys are really happy".More news: Russia Suspends Nuclear Arms Treaty After US Says to Pull Out
India in reply were all out for 139 with four balls remaining.
Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi picked four wickets between them, both of them striking twice in an over to break India's backbone.
"Fantastic performance all around, everyone rose and it was one of those complete performances that you search for. We had runs on the board, but bowling and fielding were outstanding". New Zealand coach Gary Stead has recently spoken of the possibility that Henry Nicholls, who has rarely kept wicket at any level in recent years, could play that role behind Latham.