India crash to worst T20 defeat against Black Caps

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India are now placed third in the table after winning the three-match away series against New Zealand 2-1 recently.

Tim Southee took three wickets while fellow paceman 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. Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart with 84 runs off 43 balls as New Zealand posted a commanding 219 for six.

MS Dhoni was the top-scorer for India with 39 runs off 31 balls while no other batsman managed to impress much with the willow.

India had never lost a T20 global by 50 or more runs prior to this match. "We didn't start well and we knew that 200 wasn't going to be an easy chase", Rohit said after the match. Daryll bowled really well and played a good cameo down the order. "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.

But on a flat pitch, Seifert and Colin Munro tore into India's opening bowlers with a 86-run opening stand in 8.2 overs, spurring on the least economical figures for Bhuvneshwar Kumar in T20Is: 1 for 47.




Seifert's knock had seven fours and half a dozen sixes, setting the tone for a big total.Seifert showed the intent straightaway as he gave Bhuvneshwar Kumar the charge, picking the knuckle ball early, dispatching it over mid-wicket for a six.

There were shades of McCullum to some of Seifert's shots on Wednesday, particularly in the gallops down the track to the fast bowlers and the fast-hands slaps through cover point. New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships.

The elder Pandya finally got a breakthrough when Munro was caught in the deep off Vijay Shankar.

After making his T20 debut a year ago, Seifert really announced himself on the global stage last night when he smashed 84 runs off 43 balls as the opener.

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