The Team India batsmen were on a self-destruct mode. Such was the surrender by Indian batsmen, which saw one after another leave the crease, that New Zealand could do nothing but win the match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium by 47 runs.
The Team India batsmen were on a self-destruct mode. Such was the capitulation by Indian bastsmen that New Zealand could do nothing but win the match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium by 47 runs.
The Indian cricket fans are not new to such abject capitulation. When not a soul doubted an India win while it was cruised at 127, New Zealand’s three-spinner strategy stumped the hosts—1-5, 2-10, 3-12, 4-26, 5-39. 6-42, 7-43.
By the time India lost their last wicket at 79, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Nathan McCullum picked up 9 wickets between them.
The win by New Zealand was not quite out of reach—they read the pitch correctly, picked the right team, and perform to perfection.
Earlier, Martin Guptill (6) opened the Super-10 stage with a six, hitting Ashwin for a straight six. But the next saw him plumb in front to a Ashwin delivery.
The next man in, Colin Munro, hit a six to end the first over on a track that the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson termed “crumbling”.
When Ashish Nehra had Munro (7) caught at mid off in the next over, Williamson and next man Corey Anderson dropped anchor to reach 33 for 2 by end of six overs.
After Ashwin ended his spell, Dhoni brought on Raina in the seventh over, who ended Williamson’s 16-ball stay at the crease for 8 runs. Williamson jumped out, but Raina flattened the delivery and Dhoni did the rest.
Mitchell Santner held on for a bit to score 18 runs, New Zealand team’s 100 runs came in 17.2 overs. Nehra ended up with 1 for 20 in three overs.
All Kiwi hopes rested now on Anderson. Trying to scoop a delivery, Anderson was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah’s for 34 in 42 balls.