Earlier, Kane Williamson won the toss and elect to bat first Martin Guptill dispatched the very first ball for a massive six. But, the Ashwin bounced back with a loopy off-break. After that Colin Munro could not do much as Ashish Nehra’s change of pace caught him unawares. Considering the depth in their batting lineup, New Zealand’s strategy to attack continuously.
Dhoni brought in Suresh Raina the part-time spinner got the key wicket of Williamson who played an great inning.
The experienced Ross Taylor joined Corey Anderson in the middle to try and defuse the situation. Despite Dhoni’s attempts to cut down the singles, Anderson kept the scorecard ticking with some enterprising batting.
Raina ran out Taylor with a sharp back-handed throw as the Indians kept chipping away. After a few lusty hits from Luke Ronchi, the Kiwis managed to reach a competitive total.
Using the slowness of the pitch to their advantage. Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Raina departed in quick succession to leave India reeling at 12/3. Now, all eyes the Virat Kohli, who had come into the contest on the back of spectacular form, Yuvraj could not survive the treacherousness of the surface and fail cheaply and Dhoni arrived into much earlier than he would have imagined.
Ish Sodhi was introduced into the attack and he immediately made an impact. Kohli played away from his body only to edge an extravagant leg-break to Ronchi who made a mark with his stellar keeping. Santner who had inflicted serious damage returned to the hosts further by sending back Hardik Pandya even as Jadeja was removed by Sodhi to send the raucous crowd into despair.
Dhoni tried to make a partnership with Ashwin even the required run rate kept on going with every delivery. When the equation came down to 61 from the last 4 overs, both batsmen had no choice but to take risks. Despite Dhoni’s best attempts to make the match interesting, but he fail to make india winning note and India surrendered.
India begin their campaign on a sour note. As New Zealand begin with joy note. History Repeats India never beat New Zealand in T20Is. As it happens till the end then India May reach to final and India may loose final cause no any nation won the title twise in last edition of the #WT20.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 126/7 (Anderson 34, Ronchi 21*, Bumrah 1-15); India 79 (Dhoni 30, Santner 4-11, Sodhi 3-18)
Result: New Zealand won by 47 runs