The day has arrived, Super 10 round of World T20 is about to kick off. The aggressive Kiwis under their calm skipper, Kane Williamson are all set to take on the in-form hosts, India in their home ground. Both the teams have breathtaking performers in their lineups.
New Zealand has an upper hand over India in the shortest form of the game. But, its a new day and a new, plus, India is dominating their opponents for the past 10 T20 internationals or so. India is favorite to win the contest, but, you cannot write off the Blackcaps completely.
Kane Williamson has won the toss and elected to bat first.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Collin Munro, Corey Anderson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Mitchel Santner, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra.
Game over! Milne bowled Ashish Nehra on the first delivery of the over. New Zealand has pulled off the miraculous victory here. What a start of the tournament for Kiwis, whereas, what a turn around for the side who was coined as the favorites to win the World T20.
At the end of 18.1 overs, score is 79/10
Dhoni perished, he was the lone warrior, had no choice other than to have a go at everything. He came down the track to tried to hit a six, McCullum took a good catch.
At the end of 18 overs, score is 79/9
Dhoni is charging it on now, struck Sodhi for a straight six on the first delivery of the over, but Sodhi made a strong comeback, he has provided the much needed breakthrough. Ashwin came down the track and missed the ball, another dismissal for Ronchi in the match.
At the end of 17 overs, score is 75/8
The match is entering an interesting phase now.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 67/7
India needs 66 in 6 overs at a run rate of 11 runs per over.
At the end of 15 overs, score is 61/7
New Zealand needs wickets here, India needs to take the game till the end.
At the end of 14 overs, score is 57/7
Indian batsmen just hanging in there and somewhat keeping the scoreboard ticking.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 53/7
McCullum bowled a tight over here, Dhoni is playing on his strategy, take the ball till the end and sets see what is the equation then.
At the end of 12 overs, score is 49/7
Ravindra Jadeja bites the dust as well! This is something unreal for the rock solid batting lineup of India. A leading edge of Jadeja caught by the bowler himself, a good catch as well.
At the end of 11 overs, score is 44/7
Santner got another one, Pandya caught in front of the wicket by the slow left-arm, India in big trouble now. Dhoni, the savior is still at the crease.
At the end of 10 overs, score is 42/6
A huge wicket for New Zealand here! Virat Kohli edged the first delivery of Ish Sodhi to Ronchi. New Zealand is in the front seat now!
At the end of 9 overs, score is 41/5
Kiwi bowlers keeping it tight.
At the end of 8 overs, score is 39/4
A fast and furious over by Adam Milne, tested the Indian pair with his pace.
At the end of 7 overs, score is 34/4
A good over by Grant Elliot, three singles.
At the end of 6 overs, score is 29/4
A full delivery from Nathan McCullum and Yuvraj Singh played it straight back to him, an easy catch for him. Umpires consult the third umpire for the bump ball, but, It was clean. The game in an interesting phase now. MS Dhoni to the rescue!
At the end of 5 overs, score is 26/4
Kohli on the move, he struck two boundaries off Anderson’s over.
At the end of 4 overs, score is 21/3
Rohit Sharma stumped! The slow left arm spinner came and deceived Sharma with his spin, easy stumping for Ronchi. Suresh Raina came in and perished, Santner bowled a slow delivery, Raina was playing it from the hips but close the face of the bat too early, an easy catch at midwicket.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 12/3
A good over by Corey Anderson, didn’t give anything away.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 10/1
Shikhar Dhawan fell early, he was trying to play a sweep across the line but missed, the ball struck his pad and umpire liked the appeal.
At the end of 1 over, score is 6/1
Here we go! Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan out in the middle to chase this nominal total. Nathan McCullum with the new ball.
At the end of 20 overs, score is 126/7
New Zealand is nowhere near a competitive total till the penultimate over.
At the end of 19 overs, score is 111/6
Bumrah seems impossible to score against, accuracy at its best!
At the end of 18 overs, score is 103/6
Jadeja removed Santner after conceding a boundary off him. A fast delivery from Jadeja that spun was edged by Santner while trying to play a pull shot. Ronchi in crease now.
At the end of 17 overs, score is
Excellent over by Bumrah, bowled pin pointed yorkers, got rid of Anderson with a perfect delivery.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 90/5
A productive over for New Zealand, Santner and Anderson are looking to play some shots now.
At the end of 15 overs, score is 88/4
A brilliant over by Raina.
At the end of 14 overs, score is 78/4
A long over by Jadeja finally came to an end. He bowled two wides and bowl all deliveries on the leg stump.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 75/4
Absolutely brilliant work from Suresh Raina on his own bowling to run Ross Taylor out. Anderson played it straigh, Raina dived to stop the ball and threw the ball on the stumps in a jiffy.
At the end of 12 overs, score is 63/4
New Zealand needs to accelerate now.
At the end of 11 overs, score is 59/3
A delicate late cut from Ross Taylor earned him a boundary. R Ashwin has bowled out his spell of 4 overs. He took one wicket for 32 runs.
At the end of 10 overs, score is 55/3
Seven runs in Raina’s over without any risky shot.
At the end of 9 overs, score is 49/3
A boundary off Bumrah’s over, Anderson chose area straight over the bowler’s head for a boundary.
At the end of 8 overs, score is 42/3
New Zealand’s Mr. Reliable, Kane Williamson lost his wicket, he left his crease against Raina for a substantial stroke, but missed a fast delivery from the off-spinner, Dhoni did the rest with ease. Kiwis are struggling here. Ross Taylor is the new batsman.
At the end of 7 overs, score is 35/3
A good start by Jasprit Bumrah, conceded just a single in the over.
At the end of 6 overs, score is 33/2
A good over for New Zealand, Corey Anderson exhibited his striking skills during Ashiwn’s over for two boundaries.
At the end of 5 overs, score is 32/2
Kane Williamson ended the over with a boundary through covers.
At the end of 4 overs, score is 22/2
India on top here, New Zealand is now in the rebuilding phase.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 16/2
A wonderful over by Nehra, he got rid of the dangerous Munro in the over, he was trying to hit another big hit, a mishit and a easy catch for Pandya. Corey Anderson is the new man in.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 14/2
Ashish Nehra sharing the new ball with Ashiwn.
Colin Munro arrived and struck a switch hit on the second delivery he faced for a huge six! What an eventful start of the over.
And it Guptil started the proceedings with a straight six, first ball first six. But, he lost his wicket on the next ball, Ashiwn trapped him in front of the stumps. Another poor show of umpiring, the ball was missing the stumps.
At the end of 1 over, score is 13/1
Ashwin to bowl the first delivery of the World T20 2016, Martin Guptil to face it, Kane Williamson on the other end.