India and New Zealand are locking horns in a Super 12 round match of the T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. Both teams lost their first game against Pakistan and are now playing in a must-win match.
Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first. New Zealand brought Adam Milne in the playing XI and left Tim Seifert out for this game. On the other hand, India left Suryakumar Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar out while Ishan Kishan and Shardul Thakur replaced them in the playing XI.
Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul came out to bat while Trent Boult had the new ball in his hand to trouble the Indian openers like Shaheen Shah Afridi did the other night. Both openers played out Boult’s first over without taking any risk. However, Ishan Kishan went for a full-blooded heave on the second last ball of Boult’s second over and ended up giving a catch to Daryl Mitchell.
Rohit Sharma walked out at number 3 and played some shots before getting out to Ishan Sodhi. Tim Southee removed KL Rahul as India were in deep trouble. Virat Kohli went for a slog-sweep against Sodhi and hold out at long-on and India were reeling at 48/4.
Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant were battling in the middle to save India’s blushes but ended up being too defensive and couldn’t score a single boundary. Adam Milne disturbed Rishabh Pant’s stumps when he was going for a slog. Hardik Pandya got out to Boult for a 24-ball 23-run knock.
Ravindra Jadeja tried hard to towards the end but things had slipped too far by then. He scored 26 runs in 19 balls, which featured two fours and one sixes. India ended up scoring 110/7 in 20 overs.
Boult picked three wickets for 20 runs while Ish Sodhi grabbed two wickets for 17 runs. Meanwhile, Mitchell Santner conceded just 15 runs in his four overs.
See how Twitter reacted to India’s effort with the bat;
Outdated approach to T20 batting by India, clearly a few have to move on from the format. Do not be afraid to make that call. T20 #cricket is NOT ODI cricket, both are different formats. India's young players play fearless T20 #cricket, maybe we will see them soon! #T20WorldCup
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) October 31, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 31, 2021
Fear of Failure writ large within the Indian camp. You can’t be this bad #IndvsNZ
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) October 31, 2021
Lowest totals after batting full 20 overs in #T20WorldCup:
(full member teams)
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 31, 2021
— WV Raman (@wvraman) October 31, 2021
India failed to hit a boundary in the eight overs bw the two of them. (1/44 in 8 overs vs Pak in 1st game)
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 31, 2021
— Nikesh Rughani (@NikeshRughani) October 31, 2021
Hardik Pandya getting so much flak even now. I mean what is he even supposed to do in this situation? It's not his fault that India are in such a bad situation. Yes, he isn't in form but questioning his ability isn't a wise thing to do.#T20WorldCup #INDvNZ
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) October 31, 2021
Self belief 🇮🇳 💪 #INDvsNZ
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) October 31, 2021
India need Pandya to sing a redemption song tonight
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 31, 2021
Last hope for India in the middle! Let's hope #INDvsNZ
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) October 31, 2021
It is a long long time since I have seen Virat Kohli play that shot. India look very tense.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 31, 2021
This is what I discussed during my commentary stint few days ago about #ViratKohli batting at 4 for this team India. It’s a good ploy which creates better balance for the side.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 31, 2021