NZ spinners ambush India to post shock win


March 16, 2016
New Zealand's Ish Sodhi (right) celebrates the wicket of India's Ravichandran Ashwin during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur, India yesterday.

NAGPUR, India (AP):

New Zealand's spinners inflicted a shock 47-run defeat on tournament favourites India in the first game of the Super 10 stage at the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday.

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner grabbed 4-11, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 3-18 and off-spinner Nathan McCullum added 2-15 on a helpful pitch as India were bowled out for 79 in 18.1 overs.

New Zealand had earlier reached 126-7 in the Group 2 match.

Captain Kane Williamson's decision to go in with three spinners paid off as India, who came into the tournament with 10 wins in 11 previous T20 games, failed to come to terms with the slow pitch.


New Zealand have now beaten India in all five T20 games between the two teams including two times at the World Twenty20.

India had beaten South Africa inside three days in a Test here last year but the turn on offer this time proved detrimental.

The Kiwi spinners took control straight away and there was no respite from the time Shikhar Dhawan (1) was trapped leg-before wicket by McCullum as he tried a sweep shot.

Sodhi struck first ball as the inform Virat Kohli (23) edged one to the wicketkeeper, reducing India to 39-5.

Earlier, India restricted New Zealand to a moderate total with left-hander Corey Anderson (34) holding the innings together. Luke Ronchi got an unbeaten 21 off 11 balls.

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