Mitchell Santner was on top of his game as he ran through a strong Indian batting lineup as Blackcaps toppled the title contenders by 47 runs in the opening match of the World T20 at Nagpur. On a rank turner at VCA stadium Kane Williamson won an important toss and opted to bat first. Although the Kiwi side posted a modest total of 126 runs but it was the spinners who came to the party and dashed the hopes of Indian fans.
Santner picked up 4 wickets for 11 runs in his full quota of four overs and hence bagged the man of the match award. Speaking to media after the match Santner made it absolutely clear that he and the team ion general will be focussing on one game at a time but this win is a huge morale booster and hopefully the team can carry the momentum in their next match against Australia.
“Every time you beat India at home is a tough effort and we managed to do that today,” the 24-year-old said
“It’s a bit of a confidence booster. There are a lot of positives to take out of this game but there’s also a couple of work-ons.
“We’ll just take it game by game. We have got a tough pool. We’re just trying to move on now and focus for the next game.”
He also added that the pitch was suitable for the spinners as compared to one in Mumbai which is why it is imperative that they gauge properly what the pitch is offering before going about a match although he, while smiling, said that he prefered tracks with some spin in it.
“Everywhere you go is going to be different in India. Starting in Mumbai there was a bit more for the seamers and then today here it spun a bit. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the pitches produce. For me, I like a spinning pitch,” he smiled
The Kiwi side play their next match on Friday the 18th against the Australian side which will be an interesting clash as both sides normally share some thrilling battles whenever they face off in an international match.