New Zealand hand India their biggest T20 defeat to go 1-0 up in three-match series

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India suffered their biggest defeat in T20 history on Wednesday as Tim Seifert’s brilliance guided New Zealand to an 80-run triumph on a chilly day at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

The Kiwis lead the three-match series 1-0 after Seifert slogged six sixes on his way to a total of 84 runs from 43 balls, a contribution which helped the hosts notch 219-6.

Over 15,000 lively fans watched New Zealand claim a fifth consecutive T20 win in Wellington as India were bowled out at 139, despite MS Dhoni’s late show of 39 off 31.

Seifert partnered Colin Munroe in the absence of Martin Guptill, who is suffering with a back injury, and had some slight good fortune being dropped by Dhoni on 17 and by Dinesh Karthik on 72.

Khaleel Ahmed’s eye-catching yorker sent him on his way at 86 from 8.2 overs, before Munroe added 34 off 20 deliveries and Kane Williamson followed with 34 from 22.

The bar was set high for the Men in Blue and 11 runs per over was always going to be a tough ask, even if all the batting stars – barring Virat Kohli – were on show.

Vice-captain Tim Southee put on an admirable bowling display, finishing with 3-17, and talented all-rounder Daryl Mitchell took the final wicket on his T20 international debut.

The crushing scoreline saw New Zealand comfortably surpass the former stadium record of 196-5, achieved twice against Pakistan in 2016 and against England last year.

Game two of the three-match series will take place at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, a 50,000-capacity venue which has already sold out tickets for the highly-anticipated clash.

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