New Zealand inflicted a crushing eight-wicket defeat on India at the cricket T20 World Cup on Sunday which put the tournament favorite on the brink of elimination.
India’s much-trumpeted batters flopped for the second time — after a 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan — reaching only 110-7 after New Zealand chose to bowl.
Daryl Mitchell (49) and captain Kane Williamson (33 not out) eased New Zealand to 111-2 in 14.3 overs in a lopsided Group 2 game. Williamson scored the winning single.
Mitchell missed out on a deserved half century when he was caught at long on against Jasprit Bumrah’s off-cutter but not before hitting four boundaries and three sixes. Bumrah finished with 2-19 in another disappointing night for India.
“A fantastic all-round performance from us against a formidable India side,” Williamson said. “The balance of our attack has two spinners in it. I think the collective unit was impressive, the way they kept passing the baton.”
The heavy defeat to archrival Pakistan last week at the same venue appeared to still be playing on the minds of India’s batters as wickets tumbled against both the spin and speed of the Black Caps.
New Zealand recovered well from its loss to Pakistan in the first game.