T20 World Cup: India's hopes damaged as New Zealand inflict second defeat

ICC Men's T20 World Cup Dubai India 110-7 (20 runs): Jadeja 26* (19); Boult 2-20, Sodhi 3-20, New Zealand 111-2 (14.3 innings): Mitchell 49 (35), Williamson 32* (31); Bumrah 2-2-19 New Zealand won by eight wickets Scorecard & Tables
India's chances at the Men's T20 World Cup remain in doubt after New Zealand suffered a second consecutive miserable defeat.

Virat Kohli's team suffered an 8-wicket loss to Dubai after a thrashing of Pakistani rivals in their first game.

They were unable to bat and only hit eight fours and two sixes, which was enough to silence an Indian-dominated crowd.

Ravindra Jadeja, an all-rounder, was the top scorer with an unbeaten 26 balls. Trent Boult, a left-armer took 3-20 while Ish Sodhi took 2-17 for New Zealand.

Jasprit Bumrah took Martin Guptill out for 20, but Daryl Mitchell made 49 from 35 balls and shared 72 with Kane Williamson. This brought the Black Caps within striking distance of victory, before he slipped away to long-on.

Williamson was 33 not out when New Zealand won their first victory and seriously dented India's hopes.

Group 2 is dominated by Pakistan with three wins in three games. Afghanistan has four points, New Zealand and Namibia have two each. India and Scotland are ineligible.

To be considered for advancement, India will need to win the remaining three matches against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia.

India's "Old-school", bat fails to impress

India has an embarrassing amount of wealth and power in batting, which is why they were pre-tournament favourites by Eoin Morgan, England captain.

They posted a sub-par score against Pakistan, and this was another subdued effort, despite the slow pitch.

India, in stark contrast to Australia's win on Saturday, were happy to block at the beginning of the first over. Three very tame dismissals later left them at 40-3 by the end of the eighth over.

Ishan Kishan was caught at the square-leg boundary. KL Rahul was found pulling, Rohit Sharma was deposed as opener and was flat-batted to long on for 14.

Rishabh Pan and Kohli were left to rebuild but they were also cautious and willing to rotate the strike. Kohli was forced to leave Sodhi's house for nine.

Hardik Pandya and Pant curbed their aggressive nature, and India's lackluster strategy and intent was perplexed when 71 balls were passed without any boundary in the middle overs.

Only Jadeja, who was able to score two fours and one six, showed any hope and determination to bring India to a competive total.

Ravi Bopara was an ex-england all-rounder and was part of the BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra commentary team. He said that India were playing "old school cricket".

He said that there was no need to score. "You cannot just score in Dubai. You have to be aggressive and score runs.

"They play like they're in India, and there seems to be some nerves. It looks like they're under pressure to perform well and to get the favourites tag."

Abhishek Jhunwala, an ex-IPL batter, said that India has always been cautious and taken the cautionary route at the beginning.

They need to reconsider their approach. They have used it in the past but I don't think it works anymore. They should follow the England route and play really hard the first six overs.

Black Caps are a solid, all-around display

In recent years, Williamson and New Zealand have been able to beat Kohli and India. They beat them in the World Test Championship final in this summer's semi-final of the 50-over World Cup 2019.

These results shouldn't have had any impact on the game but it felt like India was fragile and the Black Caps thrived off that confidence.

The Kiwis were great with the ball. They clearly had done their research and found weaknesses in India's batters. However, they possess the mentality and skill to produce ball after bowl.

They had very little width and no freebies, but their fielding was flawless. Rohit was dropped by Adam Milne at fine leg on his first ball, and Jadeja was dropped by Sodhi on the last ball. However, their performance in the field was near perfect.

With the dew beginning to fall, batting was slightly easier. However, that doesn't excuse India for their efforts - 110 won't win you games at this level.

They were both sensible from the beginning, rotating and throwing away the bad balls, but Mitchell displayed his aggressive nature and broke four fours and three sixes.

Williamson was a natural player who worked the ball all over the ground. His trademark steer to third man is especially rewarding.

New Zealand will feel they are in the final four, with Scotland following on Wednesday, Namibia next Friday, and Afghanistan next Sunday.

"We weren't brave enough" - What they said

Virat Kohli, India captain: "I felt we weren't brave enough with bat and ball. New Zealand displayed more intensity and body language, and they put us under pressure right from the beginning. This is most common in T20 cricket, and it's usually due to hesitation with the bat.

There is only one way to play T20 cricket. You have to be positive, and you must take calculated risks. You don't have to play T20 cricket differently just because you are part of the Indian cricket team. It is important to be proud of your game.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: "It was an all-round fantastic performance against a formidable Indian team. We were extremely clinical in every aspect of the game today, and we had a lot of things going our way.

Isa Guha, former England bowler: "This is an important moment moving forward in terms of how the BCCI and India team go about doing their business after the tournament."

"Their preparation for this competition was all they could have hoped. They were all familiar with the UAE conditions.

"They have had a bad start to this tournament, but we need to be realistic and see where they went wrong. T20 cricket is a more balanced format. It brings in other teams, and it evens things out.

"I don't make excuses for India. They have been poor. They've been horrible by their standards. However, if you look at the preparation they put into it, what could they have done differently? Perhaps they should play less cricket?