India crashed to their worst ever Twenty20 defeat when an aggressive 84 by Tim Seifert set New Zealand up for an 80 run win in Wellington on Wednesday. Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart blasting 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand posted a commanding 219 for six.
Chasing a record 220-run target, India stumbled to their biggest Twenty20 worldwide defeat, the 80-run loss arriving in pursuit of a 220-run target at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
India folded for 139 in 19.2 overs collapsing to their worst-ever defeat by 80 runs in the first T20 global.
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.
With each team allowed a squad of only 15 players at the World Cup, taking a reserve keeper can sometimes become a luxury. Shankar miscued a big hit one ball later, and India were in tatters, with Ish Sodhi's spin yet to come.
Wickets fell at regular intervals although M.S. Dhoni top-scored with 39 from 31 balls and was out two balls before the end.
With Munro hitting Khaleel Ahmed for two successive sixes, New Zealand were off to a blazing start scoring 44 off the first four overs.
Daryl Mitchell, son of former All Blacks rugby coach and current England assistant coach John Mitchell, took a wicket on debut. "Seifert was excellent", Williamson said.
Meanwhile, the gesture shown by New Zealand's opening batsman Colin Munro during the first innings in Wellington was a shocking anti-thesis to all the unethical business in cricket.
India also had to pay a price for dropping catches in the field.
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. There was a tough chance off Krunal Pandya's bowling put down by Dhoni when Seifert was on 17, and then by Dinesh Karthik off the same bowler on 71.