Chasing an enormous target of 220, India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs. @ AFP

India have never won a Twenty20 International match in New Zealand and Wednesday’s performance probably justifies that stat. The tourists were completely outplayed and were handed a record 80-run defeat in the first of the three-match series at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday.

New Zealand set a massive 220-run target after being asked to bat. That enormous score wouldn’t have been possible without replacement opener Tim Seifert’s thunderous 43-ball 84, an innings that was laced with seven boundaries and six hits over the fence. (ALSO READ: It feels nice to have backed my ability: Tim Seifert)

Seifert, who won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant knock in the series opener, was involved in a fine opening partnership with Colin Munro (34 off 20) as the duo blazed their way to an 86-run stand. Ross Taylor (23 off 14) and Scott Kuggeleijn (20* off 7) contributed with nice cameos at the end to lay the finishing touches on an impeccable innings from the hosts.

India lost captain Rohit Sharma (1 off 5) early in the chase. While Shikhar Dhawan (29 off 18) and Vijay Shankar (27 off 18) took the visitors past 50, a flurry of wickets post that meant that India slipped from 51 for one to 77 for 6. They were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

“It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well, and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase although the grounds are small here. But we kept losing wickets and that threw us off,” stand-in captain Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Tim Southee was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers with three for 17 in his four overs. Lockie Ferguson and spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi added two apiece. (WATCH: Dinesh Karthik drops sitter, redeems himself with stunner)

Justifying the inclusion of eight batsmen, Rohit explained: “We have chased such targets in the past and that is why we played with eight batsmen, but we didn’t have small partnerships and that made it tough while chasing such a big target. But New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships that allowed them to get such a big score.”

The second match will be held at Auckland on February 8 with the series on the line. “We need to go to Auckland, assess the conditions and take it forward. As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen. We believe that whatever the target is in front of us we can chase it down, but we just couldn’t do it tonight,” Rohit said.