New Zealand defeated India by 8 wickets in a one-sided match in the crucial Group 2 match of the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
The Kiwis achieved the target set by India at a loss of 8 wickets in the 15th over.
In this match being played in Dubai, New Zealand’s first wicket fell to 24 runs when Martin Capital was dismissed for 20 runs.
New Zealand suffered its second loss in the form of Daryl Mitchell at 96 where he returned to the pavilion with 49 runs, but New Zealand did not face any difficulty after that.
Jaspreet Bumra was the leading bowler for India with 2 for 19 in 4 overs.
Earlier, India had given New Zealand a target of 111 runs to win.
In the match played at Dubai Cricket Stadium, New Zealand captain Ken Williamson won the toss and invited India to bat first.
The New Zealand bowlers also bowled well and did not allow the Indian batsmen to play openly and kept taking wickets at intervals.
Ishan Kishan, who played his first match in the World Cup, came in as an opener and was dismissed for 4 runs, while KL Rahul could score only 18 runs.
Rohit Sharma’s bat had just started to run when he scored 14 runs and was caught by Ash Sodhi.
India’s fourth loss came in the form of captain and front-runner Virat Kohli, who was caught on the boundary trying to make a big shot, scoring just nine runs.
Aggressive Reshbh Pant could not walk much and made 12 runs and was bowled by Adam Milne, with which half of the Indian team returned to the pavilion with only 70 runs.
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja put up some resistance with 23 and 26 runs respectively which made the Indian team barely manage to score 100 runs.
The Indian team had scored 110 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.
New Zealand’s Trent Bolt bowled well and took 3 wickets for 20 runs while Ash Sodhi also managed to take 2 wickets.
Ash Sodhi was declared the best bowler of the match for his excellent bowling performance.
It should be noted that with this defeat, India has not been able to reach the semi-finals of the current event.