New Zealand opener Tim Seifert scored 84 off 43 balls as the hosts thumped India by 80 runs on Wednesday in the first Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) to hand the visitors their biggest-ever loss in the shortest format of the game.
These teams are the frontrunners to make the cut since New Zealand and four other top teams get direct entries to the premier event two years from now.
From 77/6, it took a 31-ball 39 from MS Dhoni to accord a sense of respectability to the Indian total. It was only the eighth time India has been bowled out in a T20 worldwide.
Shikhar Dhawan blazed away with a quick 29, but five wickets fell for 26 runs in 33 deliveries once he was bowled by Lockie Ferguson. Daryll bowled really well and played a good cameo down the order.
Seifert, whose previous best innings in eight internationals was an unbeaten 14 on debut, gave New Zealand a flying start.
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His 43 ball innings included seven fours and six sixes.
There were shades of McCullum to some of Seifert's shots on Wednesday, particularly in the gallops down the track to the fast bowlers and the fast-hands slaps through cover point.
India are now placed third in the table after winning the three-match away series against New Zealand 2-1 recently. Shankar miscued a big hit one ball later, and India were in tatters, with Ish Sodhi's spin yet to come. Dhoni batted through to the end of the 19th over but the required rate continued to rise by the time he was caught off Southee, New Zealand were already assured of victory - with Mitchell bowling Yuzvendra Chahal in the final over to confirm it. There weren't any signs of overt footwork but he shuffled enough inside the crease to make room for the big shots and in the process disturbed the line and length of the bowlers. In between, his elder brother Krunal was switch hit for a boundary.
Seifert's 84 may or may not have tilted the team management towards taking a specialist back-up keeper, but for now he isn't worrying too much about the World Cup.