1st T20I: Tim Seifert the enforcer as New Zealand surge to 219
Tim Seifert displayed his range during a ballistic 84. © AFP

Put into bat by Rohit Sharma, New Zealand‘s batsmen operated in singular mode – see ball, hit ball – to punish India‘s attack from the first over and piled up 219/6 in the first T20I at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. (LIVE UPDATES: INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 1st T20I)

Colin Munro set the tempo with 34 from 20 balls, the replacement opener Tim Seifert smacked 84 from 43, Kane Williamson breezed to 34 from 22, Ross Taylor contributed 23 off 14 and Scott Kuggeleijn finished with 20 off seven balls in a brutal display of free-stroking T20 batting.

India’s bowlers were bruised, with Hardik Pandya conceding 51 from his four overs, the most expensive, and Yuzvendra Chahal with 1/35 the least expensive.

India dropped two catches, both straightforward chances put down by Dinesh Karthik at long-on to give Seifert a life on 71 and Taylor on 19, but the same fielder also held a terrific boundary catch to get the debutant Daryl Mitchell for 8. (WATCH: Dinesh Karthik drops sitter, redeems himself with stunner)

Munto hit two fours and two sixes in an opening stand of 86 in 8.2 overs, while Seifert slammed seven fours and six sixes with disdain, repeatedly exposing the stumps to shovel, swat and slog-sweep the pacers and spinners with power. His was a stunning innings from a player India may not have know much about.

Krunal Pandya claimed Munro with a slower ball that was miscued to long-on, and a very good blockhole delivery from Khaleel Ahmed bowled Seifert for an electric 84 when the batsman swung and missed. Even as Williamson, who hit three sixes, and Mitchell fell, each new batsman kept aiming for the boundaries.

This resulted in wickets to Chahal, Hardik and Bhuvneshwar, with only five bowlers used by Rohit.

Kuggeleijn displayed his range by three fours and six in his seven-ball 20 not out.

Brief scores: New Zealand 219/6 in 20 overs (Seifert 84) vs India