India faces an extraordinary elimination in the group stage of the T20 World Cup as Virat Kohli’s pre-tournament favorites are beaten by New Zealand by eight wickets to take fate out of their own hands.
- India have suffered their second consecutive defeat in the T20 World Cup
- New Zealand inflicted an eight wicket hammering on the favorites before the tournament
- Virat Kohli’s team to be eliminated if they lose to Afghanistan on Wednesday
India is sensationally facing elimination from the World Cup after losing to New Zealand by eight wickets on another punishing afternoon in Dubai.
A week after Pakistan clinched their first World Cup win against bitter rivals on the thirteenth attempt, Virat Kohli’s stars came together just 110 out of seven after being put on. At one point, it was 70 remarkable balls with no limits.
The New Zealanders then rushed home with more than five overs to spare, as Daryl Mitchell hit a career-best 49 with 35 balls and Kane Williamson compiled a quiet undefeated 33. If it wasn’t on par with the demolition Australia from England the night before was not far off.
India faces surprising elimination from T20 World Cup after defeat to New Zealand
Virat Kohli’s team to be eliminated if they lose to Afghanistan on Wednesday
“It was pretty weird,” Kohli said. ‘I don’t think we were brave enough with the bat or the ball. We didn’t have much to defend, but we weren’t brave when we went out onto the pitch. ‘
His attack has now taken two wickets in two games; England, by contrast, has 29 out of three. As they had seven days earlier, the Indian fans were heading to the start long before the finish, and who could blame them: their team is behind Namibia in qualifying. This was not part of the plan.
For his part, Williamson could celebrate ‘a fantastic performance in every way against a formidable team from India’ leaving New Zealand and Pakistan as favorites to qualify for the Group 2 semi-finals, although the New Zealanders may still have to. beat Afghanistan next. Sunday.
For India, the pre-tournament favorites, it completed a grim week in which Kohli had to defend his fast Muslim bowler, Mohammed Shami, after he attracted abuse on social media following a costly exhibition against Pakistan.
Shami was cheered to the wicket yesterday by a mainly Indian crowd of over 14,000, though his arrival wasn’t exactly good news: At 94-for-seven at 19, his team had already capsized.
Meanwhile, rumors abounded that the highly politicized BCCI was unimpressed that the cricketers got down on their knees before the Pakistan game. At the beginning of this match, the gesture had been replaced by a hand on the heart. South Africa is not alone in getting into trouble.
Kane Williamson from New Zealand kneels when Ishan Kishan from India stands on the fold
Earlier this week, Cricket South Africa ordered its players to kneel after their disjointed support for the Black Lives Matter movement against Australia last week (above)
Whatever the backroom drama, India was made to look like a pedestrian for an outstanding display of New Zealand bowlers. As batter after batter mixed punctures and shoves with awkward attempts to free themselves, the kiwis lined up on the fence to hold the catches. And it could have been worse if Adam Milne hadn’t dropped Rohit Sharma on the first long-leg ball.
When Kohli swept the leg, and man of the match, Ish Sodhi yearned to leave for nine of 17 deliveries, he summed up India night. In total, they achieved only eight fours and two sixes. It was amazingly passive.
India’s fate is now out of their own hands, although they could be out of the tournament on Wednesday if they lose to Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.