India lose first T20 against New Zealand by 80 runs


Wellington: New Zealand crushed India by 80 runs in the first T20 International to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Wednesday.

New Zealand bowled out India for 139 in 19.2 overs.

MS Dhoni top-scored for India with 39 runs off 31 balls, while Tim Southee led the bowling attack for New Zealand with three wickets.

Tim Seifert was declared Man of the match for playing an outstanding inning.

Earlier, in the day, India won the toss and elected for fielding. Later, Rohit Sharma and co dismissed New Zealand for 219.

Chasing the target, India failed to put up any kind of fight against the team and bowled out for 139.

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