Seifert, Southee set-up massive 80-run win for New Zealand
India were handed their worst ever T20 defeat as an aggressive 43-ball 84 by Tim Seifert constructed a perfect platform for New Zealand in their 80-run win in Wellington.
"It was one of those complete performances that you do search for," said New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, excited to see his side bounce back from the recent 4-1 thrashing handed by India in the recent one-day international series.
The explosive 86-run opening partnership off 50 deliveries by Seifert and Colin Munro laid a solid platform for New Zealand to build their third highest T20 total of 219-6.
In reply, India were rolled over for 139 with four balls remaining, in only the eighth time they have failed to bat through a 20-over innings.
Their previous worst defeat was by 49 runs to Australia at Bridgetown in 2010.
‘Outplayed in all departments’
India captain Rohit Sharma could not hide his disappointment, having elected to bowl when he won the toss as chasing a target is his side's strong suit.
"We were outplayed in all three departments," he said. "We have chased targets of 200 (plus) before and that's probably the reason we played with eight batsmen.
"As a team we have always chased down targets and we believe that whatever target is set in front of us we can do it.
He added: "We were confident of getting that target. It's a small ground. We just needed that one big partnership which we failed to do."
Seifert, whose previous best innings in eight T20 internationals was an unbeaten 14 on debut, gave New Zealand a flying start alongside Munro, who fell for 34 off 20.
Seifert was given a life on 71 when dropped on the boundary by Dinesh Karthik and added a further 13 runs before he was bowled by left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed. His 43-ball innings included seven fours and six sixes.
Williamson added 34 to the New Zealand cause and there were enterprising cameos late in the innings from Ross Taylor with 23 off 14 and an unbeaten 20 from seven deliveries by Scott Kuggeleijn.
With eleven runs required in each over, India faltered from the start when Sharma was dismissed for one.
Shikhar Dhawan struck a quick fire 29 until he was bowled by Lockie Ferguson and his dismissal sparked a collapse of five wickets for 26 runs in 33 deliveries.
MS Dhoni and Krunal Pandya steadied the ship with a 52-run partnership before the last three wickets fell for 10 runs.
Tim Southee, who was dropped for the last three ODIs against India, registered his return to the side with three for 17 off his four overs.