New Zealand T20I: How Dinesh Karthik’s catch became the day’s highlight

India's T20I challenge vs New Zealand begins February 6

With Munro hitting Khaleel Ahmed for two successive sixes, New Zealand were off to a blazing start scoring 44 off the first four overs.

On Wednesday, Tim Seifert played 84-run knock and Tim Southee claimed three wickets as New Zealand thrashed India by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Seifert was lucky to survive when Dhoni dropped a sharp chance after the batsman had edged one off Krunal. 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.

Kane Williamson added a vital 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.

"It was a great way to start the series and the boys are really happy".

Seifert's maiden half century lifted New Zealand to 219-6 after being put in to bat, and the team then handed India its worst loss in Twenty20 when it was bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs. "I've been picked for some reason and I just backed myself", man of the match Seifert said. Tim Southee, who finished with figures of 3 for 17, outwitted Rohit Sharma with a short ball early in the game, having him caught at deep square leg, and Shikhar Dhawan was then bettered by a 151 kph yorker from Lockie Ferguson.

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With the opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) departing within the powerplay overs, the chase became a hard one and India were all out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

When Ish Sodhi (2-26) struck twice in the 11th over, the game was all but up for India.

"Kinda amusing when I got told that I'll be opening the innings", Seifert said. During India's first T20 worldwide vs New Zealand at Wellington, Dinesh Karthik took a well-controlled catch at the boundary, which went on to become the highlight of the day.

New Zealand produced an outstanding collective bowling performance.

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