India managed just 110 for 7 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first by New Zealand. Ravindra Jadeja top-scored with 26 not out while the rest failed to fire yet again.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult finished with three wickets for 20 while Ish Shodi grabbed a couple in a dominating bowling performance by the Blackcaps.
Sent into bat by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, India lost wickets at regular intervals and struggled to pose any serious threat to a disciplined Kiwi attack at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The New Zealand pacers and the spinners bowled a very tight line, not giving the Indian batters any width to play their strokes freely.
As a result, the Indians tried to force the pace only to give their wickets away.
New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl against India in their Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Both sides are coming into the contest after suffering a loss against Pakistan.
Speaking at the toss, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said, “We are going to bowl, dew factor at this time of the year. Look forward to another challenge. One change, Adam Milne comes in for Tim Seifert. Just to balance our bowling attack. Conway will keep.”
India made two changes to their playing XI with Ishan Kishan coming in place of Suryakumar Yadav, who is suffering from back spasms while out-of-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar made way for all-rounder Shardul Thakur.
For New Zealand, pacer Adam Milne replaced keeper Tim Seifert with Devon Conway set to don big gloves.
India has never defeated New Zealand in the T20 World Cup, but if there was any time for this record to be broken, it is now if the side wants to reach the semi-finals stage.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy.
New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
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