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New Zealand register comprehensive victory against India in key clash

Batter Daryl Mitchell
and pacer Trent Boult stars as New Zealand register a comprehensive eight-wicket
win against India at the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday.

Chasing a modest target of 111, the Blackcaps proved too
good for the India’s bowling attack, as they comfortably reached the target in
14.4 overs.

The start of the run chase was Mitchell, who fell just a run
shy from the well-deserved half-century. He scored 49 off 35 balls with the
help of four boundaries and three maximums.

On the other hand, captain Kane Williamson remained unbeaten
on 33 off 31.

Earlier, Boult returned figures of 3-20 and leg-spinner Ish
Sodhi took two wickets including Virat Kohli’s key scalp to deliver a huge blow
to India’s hopes in the Super 12 clash in Dubai.

Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 26 and Hardik Pandya made 23
to take the score past 100 as both teams look for their first win.

Boult got Ishan Kishan out for four and nearly had Rohit
Sharma on the next ball but Adam Milne dropped an easy catch at fine leg.

Milne, who replaced Tim Seifert as the only change in the
New Zealand team from their opening loss to Pakistan, then gave away 15 runs
from his first over with Sharma hitting the fast bowler for a four and a six.

But the New Zealand pace bowlers kept coming at the Indian
batsmen as Tim Southee got KL Rahul walking back for 18 with another pull shot
that found the fielder.

Sharma fell to Sodhi for 14, this time giving away a catch
to long-on where Martin Guptill made no mistake.

Sodhi dismissed Kohli for nine after the captain mistimed a
shot to be caught at long on and walked back to stunned silence at a stadium
packed with Indian fans.

Pandya and Jadeja put up some resistence with a partnership
of 24 that was broken by Boult who struck twice in his final over.

Mohammed Shami, the only Muslim player in the India team,
walked in to loud cheers after being mercilessly trolled following the
10-wicket defeat to Pakistan.

Jadeja hit two fours and one six in his 19-ball stay.


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