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New Zealand defeated India by 8 wickets in the crucial match played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Sunday in the ICC T20 World Cup on the back of a brilliant inning by Daryl Mitchell (49). This is India's second consecutive defeat in the tournament. Electing to bat after losing the toss, the Indian team scored 110 runs in 20 over’s for the loss of 7 wickets. At the same time, New Zealand's team, chasing 111 runs, completed the target in 14.3 over’s. With this, New Zealand has defeated India for the sixth time in the history of the T20 World Cup.
Ish Sodhi picked up two important wickets for India today. He took the wicket of captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who came to bat at number three. Today India was seen struggling throughout the match. The player of the match was named Ish Sodhi.
Sodhi said after the match, "I do a lot of preparation before a match against a team like India. We needed to change our game on this pitch and that's what we did. That wicket from Southee at the end of the powerplay worked out the spins." It's easy. We lost a close match against Pakistan and it's a pleasure to come back like that."
After losing the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli said, "I thought we didn't show bravery with bat or ball. New Zealand put pressure on us from the very first over. We lost wickets whenever we went to attack. When you go for India When we play, the expectations of the fans are on us. Anyone who plays for India has to play keeping those expectations in mind. In the coming matches, we have to play positively. We have to believe in ourselves and in the coming matches. The focus has to be on performing better."
Kane Williamson, captain of the team that won by 8 wickets, said, "We plan before such a big match. It was a great performance against a strong team. We managed to build pressure on this wicket and after that, the openers started well. Granted. Both the spinners and the entire attack bowled well. We played well in the first match as well and kept that up today. When you play against tough teams, you have to believe in yourself. Ish, an important member of our team. He has experience of playing many leagues around the world which comes in handy for us."
Virendra Sehwag disappointed with the Indian T20 team tweeted, “Very disappointing from India. NZ was amazing. India’s body language wasn’t great, poor shot selection & like a few times in the past, New Zealand has virtually ensured we won’t make it to the next stage. This one will hurt India & time for some serious introspection”
Very disappointing from India. NZ were amazing. India’s body language wasn’t great, poor shot selection & like few times in the past, New Zealand have virtually ensured we won’t make it to the next stage. This one will hurt India & time for some serious introspection #IndvsNZ— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 31, 2021