India crash to worst T20 defeat against Black Caps

India crash to worst T20 defeat against Black Caps

India crash to worst T20 defeat against Black Caps

Tim Seifert smashed 84 from 43 balls as New Zealand condemned India to their highest defeat by runs in T20 cricket. In reply, India regularly loses batsman and were all out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

Senior pacer Tim Southee had the best figures among the bowlers and the best delivery of the match was bowled by Lockie Ferguson, who yorked Dhawan.

Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi picked four wickets between them, both of them striking twice in an over to break India's backbone.

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. Shankar, batting at number three just when India ponder playing Virat Kohli at No.4 in the World Cup, used the clear deep fields to good use, taking Kuggeleijn for 2 fours and a six. Dinesh Karthik, however, had dropped a couple of catches.

Seifert and Colin Munro combined in an opening stand of 86 in little more than eight overs - the latter made 34 off 20 as the home side got off to a flying start.

India earlier had a horror with the ball after Rohit Sharma opted to bowl; Kane Williamson wanted to do the same at the toss.

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Only MS Dhoni offered some form of resistance with a gritty 39 but the veteran wicketkeeper's effort went in vain as wickets tumbled at the other end and will also open up old criticisms about his ability to accelerate his scoring rate when the team needs it. Khaleel conceded 25 runs in his first two overs and there was no turning back for New Zealand from there.

Krunal said, "Dropping catches is a part and parcel of the game".

When Latham returned for the ODIs against India, Seifert didn't find a place in the squad.

McCullum became world-renowned for his aggressive style and in 71 T20s for the Black Caps, he scored 2140 runs at an average of 35.66.

India were all out in reply for 139 with four balls remaining, in only the eighth time they have failed to bat through in a 20-over innings.

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