On Wednesday at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, Tim Seifert produced a terrific batting performance before Tim Southee shone with the ball as New Zealand thrashed India by 80 runs in the opening T20I of the three-match series. After being asked to bat first, opener Tim Seifert struck a blistering knock of 84 runs from 43 balls while his opening partner Colin Munro and Kane Williamson also made significant contributions of 34 runs each as New Zealand post a huge score of 219 for six.
In the second inning, India's batting line-up failed to counter New Zealand's bowling attack and fell in quick successions to eventually bundle out for 139 runs. For New Zealand, Southee finished with brilliant figures of three for 17 while Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Isha Sodhi also bagged two wickets each. Batting second, Rohit Sharma was the first to depart while Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar produced a decent partnership of 33 runs for the second wicket before a string of dismissals saw India seeing the run-rate continue to soar high. MS Dhoni top-scored for the Men in Blue with 39 runs it was too little too late for the tourists.
New Zealand bowled out India for 139 runs in 19.2 overs to win first T20I by 80 runs.