New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert had a perfect day at the office. First, the right-handed batsman decimated the Indian bowlers all around the ground and also took a perfect one-handed catch. Tim Seifert scored a blistering knock of 84 runs from 43 balls to give a perfect start to his side.

Seifert stroked seven fours and half-a-dozen sixes in his match-winning knock. The right-hander was able to hit the ground running from the get-go and scored his runs in the topmost gear. Tim Seifert and Colin Munro added 66 runs in the powerplay overs. Both the batters added 86 runs for the opening wicket to give a flying start to their team.

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Tim Seifert said while talking in the post-match presentation, “It was a great way to start the series and the boys are really happy. It feels great to go up the order, look at the first two overs and then go from there and put pressure on the bowlers. I have been selected for a reason and it feels nice to have backed my ability”.

It was a brilliant knock from the New Zealand stumper. Seifert was able to find the gaps to perfection and put on a carnage against the Indian bowlers. The right-hander was able to launch his attack from the word go and the Indian bowlers could not get through him.

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Subsequently, Tim Seifert was instrumental in getting New Zealand to an above par score of 219 runs. Kane Williamson also played a little cameo of 34 runs. On the other hand, India could not come up with a complete performance as they were put on the backfoot by aggressive batting of New Zealand.

Meanwhile, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and could not hit the ground running in their batting innings. In fact, the tourists succumbed to pressure and failed to achieve any kind of momentum in their innings.

New Zealand’s experienced bowler Tim Southee scalped three wickets whereas Lockie Ferguson bowled with fire and took two wickets. Ferguson bowled a cracking yorker to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan.

The second T20I will take place on 8th February.