New Zealand come right as India crash to worst T20 defeat

Elena Summers
February 8, 2019

"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".

Put in to bat first on what was a flat Wellington wicket by stand-in Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, New Zealand mustered up a mammoth score of 219/6 before dismissing their opponents for a paltry 139 in 19.2 overs.

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.

Seifert and Colin Munro blazed away at the top of the innings as New Zealand, looking to bounce back after being outplayed in the recent one-day global series, posted their third highest Twenty20 total of 219.

"We have our first real winter at home in 3-4 years coming up which gives us a great opportunity to develop our skill sets, so playing a quality side like India helps highlight those areas both individually and as a team", she said. While Pant didn't do his chances any good, Vijay Shankar impressed during his little cameo but would need to do more in order to book a place in that World Cup bound squad. "So it was a combination of both".


The wicket-keeper batsman blasted a 43-ball 84 to lay the foundation of New Zealand's 219/6 against India at the Westpac Stadium. The fielding was poor as plenty of catches were dropped and the batting was a disaster. One day you might take a blinder like Siraj and then another day two catches (Dhoni and Karthik) get dropped as well.

"I kind of just looked at the field and, you know, it's all in the moment".

Their previous worst defeat was by 49 runs against Australia at Bridgetown in 2010. "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.

In his post-match press conference, Seifert said he had watched quite a bit of McCullum growing up.

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