New Zealand upsets hosts India in Super10 Opener

New Zealand upsets hosts India in Super10 Opener

International Cricket Council World Twenty20 Super10s, Group 2, Nagpur
New Zealand126-7 (20 overs): Anderson 34 (42)
India79 (18.1 overs): Dhoni 30(30), Santner 4-11, Sodhi 3-18
New Zealand wins by 47 runs

New Zealand was the unlikely victor in Nagpur as they earned a shock win over tournament hosts India in their opening Twenty20 Super10 match, winning by 47 runs.

India went into the game as tournament favourites on a slow, low surface in Nagpur and chased for 127 to win. Instead, they only managed to bowl out for a meager 79 in 18.1.

It was all the more surprising a win as New Zealand had chosen to go for it at spin bowling, something that India is particularly famous for. Kiwis captain Kane Williamson gambled, choosing to compromise on speed by picking three specialist spinners.

Nine of India’s wickets fell to spin as Mitchell Santner took 4-11, Indian-born Ish Sodhi 3-18 and Nathan McCullum 2-1. Meanwhile, New Zealand took 126-7, with 34 coming from Corey Anderson who played a calm game.

His innings and its impact on the game would gradually to the dismay Indian team and to the passionate home crowd, as the team tasted defeat for a second time in their past 12 Twenty20 matches.

Home captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni waged a one-man army war with a run-a-ball 30 but this time, the man celebrated as the ‘finisher’ could not bail his team out.

“It was our batting that let us donw,” he said after the match.

“There were quite a few soft dismissals. It was not like the deliveries got a lot of batsmen out. Maybe it was our shot selection… there was no partnership also.”

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