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T20 World Cup 2021: New Zealand thrashes India, Kohli’s men taste second defeat


India went from bad to worse as another insipid batting display saw it suffer a humiliating defeat against New Zealand in its ICC T20 World Cup match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.

After the Men in Blue finished with a sub-par total โ€” 110 for seven โ€” the Black Caps eased to an eight-wicket win with 33 balls to spare.

IND vs NZ – HIGHLIGHTS

The second loss in as many games, after the 10-wicket mauling by Pakistan the previous Sunday, put the teamโ€™s chances of making it to the semifinal in jeopardy.

Accurate

While the Kiwi bowlers were extremely accurate, the Indian batters were all at sea, both against the three-pronged pace attack of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Adam Milne and the spin duo of left-armer Mitchell Santner and leggie Ish Sodhi, celebrating his 29th birthday.

Even after tweaking the batting order โ€” Ishan Kishan, who replaced the injured Suryakumar Yadav (back spasm), opened with K.L. Rahul โ€” which pushed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to No. 3 and 4, India couldnโ€™t get going after being asked to bat.

Failing to pierce the gaps, the top-order batters attempted to clear the ropes and found the fielders in the deep almost every time.

India’s captain Virat Kohli reacts during the defeat to New Zealand. Photo: AP ย  – ย AP

Power(less)play

It was 35 for two in the PowerPlay and the nine-over passage in the middle saw the team add just 38 for the loss of three wickets.

That the Indians couldnโ€™t score a boundary for 71 balls โ€” from the sixth over till the 17th โ€” reflected the dominance of the Kiwi bowlers. Kohliโ€™s men reached the three-figure mark, thanks to Ravindra Jadejaโ€™s cameo.

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New Zealand and opener Daryl Mitchell, sensing the opportunity to improve the Net Run Rate, went after the Indian bowlers. Mitchellโ€™s aggressive knock and some strange captaincy by Kohli โ€” there was no effort to pressurise the batters into making mistakes โ€” meant that the chasing team was in cruise control.

While Jasprit Bumrah was the lone wicket-taker, picking up both scalps, Hardik Pandya bowled a couple of overs. Kane Williamson and Devon Conway steered the Kiwis home, the captainโ€™s nudge to square-leg off Shardul Thakur ending Indiaโ€™s agony.

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