India beat T20 World Cup Runners-Up New Zealand in last over as Rahul Dravid starts tenure with win


Wins have already started adding up for the new coach Rahul Dravid, the head coach of India as the team defeated the Kiwis by 5 wickets. This makes things more interesting for Indian cricket fans. Also, online cricket bettors who had bet on India’s winmade some good amount of money. There are various betting sites where players can choose to place their bet. We highly recommend to read some reviews about the available bookies, in order to make the best decision for you and choose the bookie that fits you the most. You can check out the in-depth Bet365 review to learn about the best aspects of the site before betting. They provided the best odds for the India vs New Zealand game, and reliable information.

New Zealand, the runners-up of the T20 World Cup, have suffered a second feat in 4 days in a short match format. India has now edged much closer to victory in the first game under the guidance of Rahul Dravid.

How India Managed to Get Past New Zealand

In the T20 World Cup final, the Kiwis lost by 8 wickets to Australia. Again, they went down to India in Jaipur by 5 wickets. India grabbed its victory with a target score of 165. Suryakamar Yadav was the highest scorer of the match followed by Rohit Sharma who scored 62 off 40 balls and 48 off 36 balls, respectively. These players were the reason behind the requirement dropping to 23 off 24 balls in the first of the three matches of the series.

But with the dismissals of Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar, New Zealand was back on track. So, India was left to score 10 runs out of the last over. Venkatesh Iyer scored 4 runs off 2 balls. In the next delivery, he faced a reverse sweep and then followed by a wide and a single run. Thus, India was left to score 3 off 3 balls. It was Rishabh Pant who hit the much-needed boundary. This ensured a winning tap for Rahul Dravid. India can now wrap up the series win with only a game left on Friday in Ranchi.

India’s win in Jaipur came almost 3 weeks after an 8-wicket thrashing in the T20 World Cup against New Zealand. This came as a blow to their hope for making it to the semi-finals.

Rohit and Surkyakumar Leading India’s Charge

Rohit Sharma and Surkyakumar Yadav turned up the volume for India. The team has given rest to Virat Kohli, the former captain along with Ravindra Jadeja. While Kane Williamson from New Zealand is also sitting out in the series.

Mark Chapman is the replacement of Williamson. He scored 63 off 50 balls and Martin Guptill put on 109 for New Zealand’s second wicket in-between Glenn Phillips and Mitchell being dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, respectively.

Rohit won the toss and chose to bowl. Following this Mitchell had been bowled by the supreme in-swinger in the first over itself.

In the T20 Internationals, the first 50 by New Zealand was scored by Chapman. He had previously scored a 50 against Oman for his native Hong Kong in 2015. While Guptill’s score markedthe first time in 14 innings where he had scored 50.

But Chapman did not play in the T20 World Cup finals. Ashwin had bowled him in this match in the 14th over. This was just 3 balls after Philips had been sent to the gallery.

Where did it go wrong for the World Cup Runners Up

William is going to miss out on the T20 matches. So, New Zealand led by Tim Southee had a chastening experience in the chase’s third over, taken for 15 as Rohit crunched consequent 4s followed by a leg-side 6.

Also, Rohit had done maximum damage during the 21-runs by Trent Boult, four boundaries in the fifth over as India made its way to 50-0, just for KL Rahul to be caught by Chapman. However, the aggression was maintained by Suryakumar who bossed a stand of 59 with Rohit for the second wicket prior to Rohit was caught off a bouncer ball by Boult.

Suryakumar Yadav scored the third-fifty in 7 T20 innings from 34 balls. He had been dropped on 57 by Boult only to be bowled by the same player in the 17th over.

Even though Southee, Boult, and Ferguson had managed to bowl tight overs but India was able to gain an edge in the final over of the game.

India has now managed to win 2 games off the series. But the final tie is yet to go. However, new-look India seems to have gotten off to a good start.


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