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Even his approach to hitting in the shortest format appears to replicate that of the former Black Caps captain.

Needing an imposing 220 for victory on Wednesday night, India were all out for just 139 in the final over of the match. The home team was earlier routed 4-1 in the five-match One-day worldwide series.

Seifert's runs have come at a crucial time for him, when New Zealand are exploring their wicketkeeping options for the World Cup later this year in England. Tim Seifert keeper-batsman blasted his way to 84 runs in just 43 balls.

Earlier, Seifert, whose previous best score in T20 Internationals happens to be 14, was promoted to open alongside Colin Munro and they added 86 runs in only 8.2 overs in a whirlwind start.

Seifert reached his maiden T20I half-century from 30 balls and after he and Williamson were dismissed, Ross Taylor (23) and Scott Kuggeleijn (20no) got New Zealand up to 200 and beyond.

Tim Southee is congratulated by team-mates after taking a wicket against India in Wellington.

"It was a great way to start the series and the boys are really happy. I've been picked for some reason and I just backed myself", man of the match Seifert said.

When New Zealand spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi both picked up two wickets in their first overs, reducing India to 77-6 after 11 overs, the result was all but sealed. Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck 29 from 18 balls with two fours and three sixes and Vijay Shankar hit 27 from 28 with two fours and two sixes.

India were all out in reply for 139 with four balls remaining, in only the eighth time they have failed to bat through in 20-over innings.

New Zealand produced an outstanding collective bowling performance. "We had the runs on the board, but the bowling and fielding too was of high standard", Williamson said.

India came into the contest on the back of a 4-1 victory in the one-day global series but sorely missed the stability offered by regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested for the three T20 matches.


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