New Delhi: In an epic turnaround of sorts, the clinical New Zealand outfit defeated the host and favourites India in the first game of Super 10 of the ICC World T20 2016. There is a lot of talk about the pitch which was provided by curators at VCA stadium, Nagpur. The yellow strip was a rank turner.
New Zealand picked spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi in their playing eleven, a key decision which helped Kiwis in defeating India by 47 runs. New Zealand chose to bat first and scored a decent 126 runs in their stipulated time. The Kiwi run-rate was maintained at a steady pace and always stayed in the range of 5.5 to 6 runs per over.
This loss puts India in a peculiar situation. India needs to win the remaining three matches. If any match gets abandoned due to rain, then it will go against the team. The 47 run defeat against New Zealand also puts India in a bad position as far as run-rate is concerned. Beating oppositions like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia in a continuation will require a lot of effort from the host. Team India cannot take an encounter likely now and the Men in Blue urgently need to dump the casual approach which they displayed in their opening game of the high-voltage tournament.
A major worry comes from a part of the Indian dressing room which has for years been a formidable force – Batting. Apart from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, none of the Indian batsmen seemed in the right frame of mind. The batsmen looked jittery and did not held their nerves for even a few overs, resulting in the tumble of wickets.
With the much anticipated match with Pakistan happening on Saturday, Team India have a long task ahead of them with little time. If they can’t give a totally contrasting performance than their first one, the tournament favourites will suddenly face an embarrassing exit from the ICC World T20 2016 on their own soil.