New Delhi: India start their WT20 campaign on a poor note as they lost to New Zealand by 47 runs.
Over 18.1 || Score 79/10 (Bumrah 0)
Off the first ball Milner got the wicket of Nehra as India lost their opening match of the ICC World T20 by 47 runs.
A Nehra b Milne 0 (4b)
Over 18 || Score 79/9 (Bumrah 0, Nehra 0)
Santner with his last over. Dhoni has no option now but to go for big shots now. Dhoni Out! He miss-timed his shot as McCullum took a stunning catch at long on. Now the match is virtually over for India.
MS Dhoni c McCullum b Santner 30 (30b)
Over 17 || Score 75/8 (Dhoni 26; Nehra 0)
Sodhi picked up his third wicket as he got the better of Ashwin. Nehra walked in to bat. India need 52 runs from 18 balls.
R Ashwin st Ronchi b Sodhi 10 (20b)
Over 16 || Score 65/7 (Dhoni 18; Ashwin 10)
Corey Anderson with his 3rd over. Indian batsmen are still dealing in singles and doubles. But now hosts need to up the ante, that's the only option they have. India need 62 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 61/7 (Dhoni 16; Ashwin 8)
Sodhi back into the attack. India need a couple of good overs as the required rate has touched almost 12. Four from the over. India need 66 runs from 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 57/7 (Dhoni 13; Ashwin 7)
Santner with his 3rd over. He has already picked three wickets. Another good over. India need 70 runs from 36 balls.
Over 13 || Score 53/7 (Dhoni 11; Ashwin 5)
Milne back into the attack. India crossed the 50-run mark. Poor short selection cost India dearly. Four from the over.
Over 12 || Score 49/7 (Dhoni 9; Ashwin 3)
McCullum bowled another tight over as he conceded mere four runs. Onus is on Dhoni now to take India home.
Over 11 || Score 45/7 (Dhoni 7; Ashwin 1)
India lost another wicket, this time in the form of Jadeja. Poor cricket by the Indian batsmen. Still need 82 runs from 54 balls.
RA Jadeja c & b Sodhi 0 (3b)
Over 10 || Score 42/6 (Dhoni 5; Jadeja 0)
Santner picked his third wicket as India are now in deep deep trouble. Poor batting display by the Indian team.
HH Pandya lbw b Santner 1 (7b)
Over 9 || Score 41/5 (Dhoni 4; Pandya 1)
Ish Sodhi to bowl his first over. Kohli Out! A perfect delivery took the outside edge of Kohli's bat and wicketkeeper grabbed a sharp catch. Half of the Indian team is back in the hut. Hardik Pandya is the new man in.
V Kohli c Ronchi b Sodhi 23 (27)
Over 8 || Score 39/4 (Dhoni 3; Kohli 23)
Elliott to continue. Both the batsmen in the middle are playing sensible cricket. Six runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 33/4 (Dhoni 2; Kohli 19)
Fastest Kiwi bowler Adam Milne to bowl the over. Dhoni survived a run out scare. Superb over first up by the pacer, three came from it.
Over 6 || Score 29/4 (Dhoni 1; Kohli 17)
Medium pacer Grant Elliott to bowl his opening over. Now the onus is on Dhoni and Kohli to take India home. They just need to hang in there for some time. Three from the over.
Over 5 || Score 26/4 (Dhoni 0; Kohli 15)
McCullum back to bowl his 2nd over. Off the 4th ball Yuvraj hit his first boundary by playing the offie fine towards leg side. Yuvraj Out! He gave a straight catch back to the bowler. India struggling at the moment. Skipper Dhoni came to the crease.
Yuvraj Singh c & b McCullum 4 (5b)
Over 4 || Score 21/3 (Yuraj 0; Kohli 14)
Anderson with his 2nd over. Kohli hit the seamer for two boundaries as nine runs came from the over. India need a partnership here.
Over 3 || Score 12/3 (Yuraj 0; Kohli 5)
Santner to bowl the over. Twin strike by the bowler as he first took the wicket of Rohit and then got the better of Raina. India in deep trouble.
SK Raina c Guptill b Santner 1 (2b)
RG Sharma st Ronchi b Santner 5 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 10/1 (Rohit 5; Kohli 4)
Corey Anderson to bowl the over. Tight over fist up by the seamer as he conceded mere four runs.
Over 1 || Score 6/1 (Rohit 4; Kohli 1)
Rohit and Dhawan are in the middle to start India's chase, while offie Nathan McCullum to start the proceeding for Kiwis. Both the batsmen opened their account within first three balls. Dhawan out! Trapped in front of the wicket. Poor shot selection by the southpaw.
S Dhawan lbw b McCullum 1 (3b)
New Zealand Innings
Over 20 || Score 126/7 (McCullum 0; Ronchi 21)
Experienced Nehra to bowl the last over of the innings. Two runs came off the first two balls. Elliot ran out while trying to steal a double. Off the 4th came a lucky boundary from Ronchi's willow. Off the next came a six over cow corner. From the last came a double as NZ put up a small total of 126 in front of India.
GD Elliott run out 9 (12b)
Over 19 || Score 111 (Ronchi 7; Elliott 8)
Jadeja to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Off the 3rd ball Ronchi hit a boundary towards extra cover region. Still eight runs came in the over.
Over 18 || Score 103/6 (Ronchi 1; Elliott 6)
Bumrah to bowl his last over. The young pacer has used his variations quite well thus far to deceive the batsmen. Another excellent over as conceded mere five runs. And with that NZ have crossed the 100-run mark as well. Outstanding spell 4-0-15- 1.
Over 17 || Score 98/6 (Ronchi 0; Elliott 2)
Jadeja to bowl. Jadeja picked up his first wicket in the form of Santner, who got out after scoring 18 runs. Elliott and Ronchi are two new men to the crease.
MJ Santner c Dhoni b Jadeja 18 (17b)
Over 16 || Score 90/5 (Santner 12; Elliott 1)
Bumrah back to bowl his 3rd over. He bowled four consecutive yorkers. And off the 3rd he bamboozled dangerous Anderson's middle stump. What a sight to watch!
CJ Anderson b Bumrah 34 (42b)
Over 15 || Score 88/4 (Santner 11; Anderson 34)
Exciting youngster Hardik Pandya set to bowl his opening over. Off the 2nd ball, Santner flicked the bowler towards square leg to collect his first boundary. The seamer conceded ten runs in the over.
Over 14 || Score 78/4 (Santner 3; Anderson 33)
Raina with his last over. He has bowled well thus far. Another tight over by the offie. He finished with the impressive figures of 4-0-15-1.
Over 13 || Score 75/4 (Santner 1; Anderson 32)
Jadeja with his 2nd over. He is also getting a lot of turn from the wicket. From his first ball came 4 byes. Then came two back-to-back wides. Santner found it difficult to play the spinner. Jadeja bowled three wides in the over as 12 runs came off it.
Over 12 || Score 64/4 (Santner 1; Anderson 30)
Raina is back. He is getting a lot of turn from the wicket. Raina's good fielding off his own bowling forced Taylor to go back to the pavilion as he got run-out. What a athleticism by Raina. NZ in deep trouble. Mitchell Santner walked in to bat.
LRPL Taylor run out 10 (14b)
Over 11 || Score 59/3 (Taylor 9; Anderson 28)
Ravindra Jadeja to bowl his first over. Both the batsmen are taking calculated risks. Superb over first up by the left-arm spinner as he conceded mere four in it.
Over 10 || Score 55/3 (Taylor 7; Anderson 26)
Ashwin to bowl his last over. Taylor cut the bowler fine towards third man to get his first boundary. And with that NZ have crossed the 50-run mark as well.
Over 9 || Score 49/3 (Taylor 2; Anderson 25)
Raina with his 2nd over. India have kept things under their control thus far. Another decent over as seven came off it.
Over 8 || Score 42/3 (Taylor 1; Anderson 19)
Bumrah to continue. First ball, and Anderson collected his third boundary by hitting the bowler straight down the ground. Seven runs came from the over.
Over 7 || Score 35/3 (Taylor 0; Anderson 13)
Part timer Suresh Raina with his first over. Williamson out! Skipper came down the track to hit the offie over long off but missed the line completely and Dhoni dislodged the bails within a flash. Ross Taylor is the new man in.
KS Williamson st Dhoni b Raina 8 (16b)
Over 6 || Score 33/2 (Williamson 7; Anderson 13)
Jasprit Bumrah introduced into the attack. Anderson was lucky as he survived a run out chance. Superb over first up the young pacer as he gave mere one run.
Over 5 || Score 32/2 (Williamson 6; Anderson 13)
Ashwin with his 3rd over. Anderson hit a lucky boundary off the 2nd ball. Off the last ball too Anderson swept the bowler to get another boundary. Expensive over as ten runs came off it.
Over 4 || Score 22/2 (Williamson 5; Anderson 4)
Nehra with his 2nd over. Ball is not coming nicely on to the bat. And there is no swing what so ever for the seamers. Off the last ball came a boundary from Williamson's bat.
Over 3 || Score 17/2 (Williamson 1; Anderson 3)
Ashwin to continue. Another tight over as mere three runs came off it. NZ need a partnership here.
Over 2 || Score 14/2 (Williamson 0; Anderson 1)
Nehra to bowl the over. Munro Out! In trying to hit the seamer over covers, Munro gave a simple catch to Pandya inside the circle. Corey Anderson joined Williamson in the middle. Kiwi off to a poor start.
C Munro c Pandya b Nehra 7 (6b)
Over 1 || Score 13/1 (Williamson 0; Munro 7)
First ball from Ashiwn and Guptill hit it for a six over the bowlers head. Next ball, Wicket! The offie deceived the batsman in the air and got him trapped in front of the wicket. Colin Munro is the new man in. And he opened his account with a six.
MJ Guptill lbw b Ashwin 6 (2b)
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have come to open the New Zealand innings, while off-spinner R Ashwin is set to bowl the first over.
Before the match, both the teams gave a big loud applause to the late Martin Crowe.
There is a capacity crowd at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur today.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 15, 2016
Now the question is can India break their T20I jinx against New Zealand?
IND XI: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, S Raina, Y Singh, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, A Nehra, J Bumrah
— ICC Live Scores (@ICCLive) March 15, 2016
NZ XI: M Guptill, K Williamson, C Munro, C Anderson, R Taylor, G Elliott, M Santner, L Ronchi, N McCullum, A Milne, I Sodhi
— ICC Live Scores (@ICCLive) March 15, 2016
New Zealand have won the TOSS and elected to bat first.
Harmanpreet Kaur ran away with the Player of the Match award for her 40 off 29 balls against Bangladesh.
Good news before MS Dhoni & Co take on Kiwis -- Indian women's team beat Bangladesh by 72 runs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 15, 2016
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 14, 2016
India are certainly the favourites going into the match but they can't take Kiwis lightly as they don't have a good track record against Black Caps in the T20Is.
However, MS Dhoni & Co have been in sublime form as they have won ten T20Is out of the last 11 they played.
Both the teams have solid batting line ups. It means whoever will bowl better in the match will have a better chance to win the game.
The rival squads (from):
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santer, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliott, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson.