New Zealand has spun out India in the opening game of the World T20. Kiwis posted a low score of 126 runs in their innings and restricted India to only 79 runs. India started off the World T20 campaign as favorites, but, this might have jolted their fans’ expectations.
Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first. The lineup for the Blackcaps was quite surprising as they dropped Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell McGlanaghan and Mark Nichols. Whereas, they included three spinners in the side, Sodhi, Nathan McCullum and Santner, which proved to be an outstanding decision.
Martin Guptill deposited R. Ashiwn’s first delivery of the match to a straight six and lost his wicket on the next ball. Munro arrived at the crease and hit a six with a switch hit on the second delivery he faced. It was an extremely eventful first over of the tournament. New Zealand’s batsmen couldn’t really deliver as they were expected to do so. Indian Bowlers kept taking wickets on regular intervals and didn’t let any Kiwi batter to really express himself.
Corey Anderson was the best batsmen for the Blackcaps; he scored 34 runs off 42 deliveries. Apart from him, Ronchi was the second highest scorer of the innings with 21 runs on 15 balls. India’s rookie pacer, Jasprit Bumrah put another brilliant performance with the ball; he took a wicket in his four overs for just 15 runs. He bowled yorkers in the death overs effortlessly.
The target seemed an easy one for the Men in Blue, but, New Zealand knocked out India in their own game. Nathan McCullum didn’t take long to remove Shikhar Dhawan in the first over of the innings. Afterwards, it was Mitchell Santner, who seriously dented Indian batting line. He beat Rohit Sharma all ends up, when he was trying to play the ball coming down the track, but missed the ball completely to get stumped.
Only three Indian batsmen could enter in the double figures. Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and R Ashwin scored 23, 30 and 10 runs respectively. Ish Sodhi, the leg-spinner of New Zealand cracked three wickets on the spin friendly track. But, the hero with the ball for Kiwis was the slow left arm, Mitchell Santner, who took four wickets, conceding just 11 runs in his 4 overs. He was awarded the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.
New Zealand has started off their World T20 campaign in the most convincing manner beating the favorites of the tournament with a huge margin.