It was another disappointing outing for India in the 20-20 World Cup as the team went down to New Zealand by eight wickets. The loss has dented India’s chances of progressing to the next round massively as the team cannot move ahead on their own and will need a few other results to go their way, in addition to winning all their remaining games.
The team was determined to win the 20-20 World Cup for their skipper Virat Kohli, who is playing his last 20-20 World Cup as a captain. However, the team going the distance in the tournament looks difficult now. Former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn feels that Virat Kohli will be gutted with the loss, adding that he feels bad for him and the team.
“Virat Kohli will be gutted, losing a game they just had to win tonight whereas New Zealand will be jubilant. I feel bad for India,” Dale Steyn told Star Sports.
Right from the toss, nothing went in favour of the Men in Blue. Williamson had no hesitations in putting India in to bat after winning the toss. Given the conditions and the past results, the match was half won there itself. Later, the Kiwi bowlers were also too hot to handle for the Indians. The wicket was slow and the spinners choked India for runs. Eventually, the team could only post 110-7, which was never going to be sufficient.
A blazing 49 by Daryl Mitchell and 33 by Williamson ensured an easy win for the team. India now need to win all their remaining games and expect other results to go their way to have any chance of progressing to the semifinals.