New Zealand chases mediocre 111-run target handed by under pressure India, sparing 33 balls in Sunday match
Dubai: India’s chances of reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup have been dashed as the Kiwis defeated Man in Blue by eight wickets at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
Bolt and league spinner Ash Sodhi shared five wickets to limit India to 110 for seven after being invited to bat first in the Super 12 clash in Dubai.
Captain Ken Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, who scored 49, scored 72 for the second wicket as the Kiwis jumped home in 14.3 overs to give India their second consecutive defeat in the tournament.
Jaspreet Bumrah denied Mitchell his first fifty but the wicket proved to be a minor blot for the Kiwis, who bounced back from their early defeat against Group Toppers Pakistan.
India, who lost their first Super 12 match to Pakistan by 10 wickets, are in danger of being knocked out of the semi-finals.
“I don’t think we were so brave with the bat or the ball,” said Kohli.
“We didn’t have much to defend but we weren’t brave when we came out on the field. When you play for the Indian cricket team you have a lot of expectations – not only from the fans, but also from the players. ۔
“So there’s always more pressure with our sports and we’ve accepted that over the years.”
Williamson praised his team when they won their first match.
“Our excellent all-round performance against a great Indian team,” he said.
“We managed to put pressure across and the way the openers came out really set the stage.”
Bolt bowled Ishan Kishan for four and was close to Rohit Sharma on the next ball but Adam Milne dropped an easy catch in the fine league.
Milne, who replaced Tim Seifert as the only change in the New Zealand squad from his initial defeat against Pakistan, then Sharma hit a four off a fast bowler and a six to give up 15 runs in his first over.
But New Zealand’s fast bowlers kept coming to the Indian batsmen as Tim Southee returned KL Rahul with another pull shot for 18 which found the fielder.
Sharma fell victim to a score of 14, this time caught on long on where Guptill made no mistake.
Sodhi dismissed Kohli for nine when the captain took the wrong shot at long on to catch it and the Indian crowd returned to the stadium in silence.
Hardik Pandya, who scored 23, and Ravindra Jadeja, 26 not out, put up some resistance with a partnership of 24 which was broken by Bolt who hit twice in his last over.
Muhammad Shami, the only Muslim player in the Indian team, cheered loudly after being brutally trolled after losing by 10 wickets to Pakistan.
Jadeja hit two fours and a six off 19 balls.
In response, Martin Guptill returned the 2-19 figures to Bumrah before hitting three fours, starting on an attacking note.
Mitchell faced the Indian bowlers when he hit a six to left-arm spinner Jadeja and then took another shot over the fence to make New Zealand score 50 in the seventh over.
He left with New Zealand, which required 15, and Devon Conway joined Williamson to complete the formalities.