New Zealand defeated India on Sunday by eight wickets to register their first win in the ongoing T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first, with both new-ball bowlers getting early wickets in the game.
Trent Boult got Ishan Kishan caught at deep backward square leg, and after being hit for a couple of boundaries, Tim Southee got the better of KL Rahul.
New Zealand spinners were very effective as they not only controlled the flow of runs but also chipped in with wickets.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi dismissed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as India were reduced to 48/4 after 10.1 overs.
New Zealand bowlers were successful in holding the Indians for a below-par total of 110/7.
New Zealand chased the target with much ease in 14.3 overs and eight wickets to spare.
The bowling effort was absolutely outstanding: Gary Stead
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead hailed his bowlers for their excellent performance against India and said he never saw such kind of bowling in T20 cricket by any team.
“I thought the bowling effort was absolutely outstanding, possibly up there with the best performance I’ve seen in my time with the T20 bowling team,” Stead said in a press conference.
“To restrict a star-studded team like India to 110 was really, really special and then I thought the batting was really, really clinical,” he added.
Afghanistan have got a big lead on everyone at the moment: Gary Stead
Afghanistan are placed second on the points table of Group 2 after playing three matches, one more than what the Black Caps have played.
If New Zealand have to qualify for the semi-finals they must not only defeat Afghanistan but also maintain a superficial net run rate, in case they are tied on points with any other team.
Stead stressed on the net run rate aspect and wants his players to win all their remaining three fixtures including the one against Afghanistan on November 7.
“Net run rate is always important. Afghanistan have got a big lead on everyone at the moment, but we’ll just have to see how the next two games play out before we play Afghanistan,” Stead said.
“But, at the end of the day, if we win all three games, it is in our hands, and that’s certainly our goal,” he added.
New Zealand will play Scotland on November 3 in their next game on November 3 in Dubai.