Yesterday’s match went a little off track as per the Kiwis expectations. Not even a single victory against New Zealand by India, ever since the inception of this shortest format of the cricket led the Kiwis overconfident.
It was just the mere confidence and in form Indian team that led the pain of the Kiwis into gain for themselves and especially for Ashish Nehra who was playing his last game of his career. With no regrets both the team and the veteran pacer left the crowd emotionally driven.
This Virat Kohli-led team India is in full form in all forms of cricket and seems to rupture any disruption coming in mid. None of the team has conquered against them and the series continued with tehNO.1 ranked New Zealand’s defeat yesterday.
Opting to bowl first, the Kiwis expected the dew to arrive a little later for an additional edge. Mitchell Santner began with the opening bowling. Expecting the Kiwi spinners — Santner, Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum — fabricating similar conditions as was done a year back at Nagpur against India during the inaugural match of World T20 2016, they began their league, but things turned totally opposite.
Santner bowled pretty well in the initial over’s, taking out Jadeja-like arm balls and keeping Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in a tangle scoring just a single run off the over. But, soon things turned different. Both Rohit Sharma and Dhawan scored 80 runs each taking the score to a final of 202 at 3 wickets lost at the end of 1st Innings.
Chasing the globe, the Kiwis started off in form but Chahal takes the first wicket in the second over and the fall of wickets starts one after the other leaving New Zealand sum up at a total of 149 at 8 wickets at the end of the 20th over.
India won by 54 runs and the man of the match was Shikhar Dhawan with 80 runs in just 52 balls
Williamson’s said in a post-match presentation ceremony concluding for New Zealand’s performance. “A disappointing performance from us in all areas,” Williamson said. “One that stands out is the fielding. We were very poor there. I don’t think we can use the ground conditions as an excuse. India was superb and played better. When you’re chasing a total like that which was certainly many above par, you do need to take risks. It was disappointing but we will be back in Rajkot. We couldn’t quite use the spinners the way we would have liked to, which was to control the rate of scoring, but they bowled very well.”