1st T20: India lose to New Zealand by 80 runs


New Zeland defeated India by 80 runs in the opening T20 match.

Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling attack to cleaners with a scintillating 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand scored a commanding 219 for 6 in the first T20 International.


Seifert, whose previous best score in T20 Internationals happens to be 14, was promoted to open alongside Colin Munro and they added 86 runs in only 8.2 overs in a whirlwind start.

Once Seifert was gone, skipper Kane Williamson took charge and Scott Kuggeliejn finished with a flourish.

Chasing a stiff 220-run target, India could manage just 139 runs.


For India MS Dhoni made 39 runs and remained top scorer.



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