Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I scorecard

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I scorecard

"Kinda amusing when I got told that I'll be opening the innings", Seifert told Star Sports, after setting up New Zealand's 80-run win with an explosive 43-ball 84, "I YouTubed Brendon McCullum and watched some of his innings".

In New Zealand's innings of 219 for six, all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, on T20 debut, sent one down the ground which looked destined for his first six on the worldwide stage. India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs. Ms Dhoni scored 39 off 31 but his innings lacked the skills or the intent to get India off in a steep chase.

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Tim Southee (3-17) was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers while Lockie Ferguson (2-22) took the key wicket of Shikhar Dhawan (29), just as the India opener was beginning to fire. They kept the batsmen under tight check and for some like World Cup aspirant Rishabh Pant, it was a frustrating little stay in the middle and he simply couldn't get going. "They batted really well and we bowled a few loose deliveries as well". There were also flourishes that were all his own, like a switch-hit boundary off Krunal Pandya's left-arm spin. However, New Zealand's total score was 159/ 4 in 20 overs, opening batters couldn't hold the ground for long. hey did not start as Suzie Bates was caught out by Taniya Bhatia off Radha Yadav's bowling when the score was just 11.

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Seifert blazed his way to a maiden T20 half century from only 30 balls with five fours and three sixes.

Even his approach to hitting in the shortest format appears to replicate that of the former Black Caps captain.

When Hardik drifted on the leg stump, he was flicked behind the square and when he pitched wide outside off-stump, he was lofted over the cover point region. On one hand, where Colin Munro made way to the pavilion on the score of 34 runs, Tim Seifert played fearlessly and continued to dominate the visiting bowlers.

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