Virat Kohli led Team India suffered their 2nd consecutive loss of the tournament as Kane Williamson’s New Zealand side thrashed the Men in Blue by 8 wickets on Sunday.
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Earlier, the Men in Blue lost to Pakistan in their opening encounter by 10 wickets. After such a bizarre loss it was expected that Virat Kohli and co will come in style and a comeback was expected. But it seems like Virat Kohli will need to wait a bit longer to taste success in ICC hosted tournament.
India were reduced to 48/4 within the first 10 overs. With Jadeja’s late cameo, India somehow reached to a total of 110. ‘Birthday Boy’ Ish Sodhi picked up two important wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. While Trent Boult picked up 3/20 in his four over spell. Jasprit Bumrah removed the opening batsmen- Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell. But it was far too less for the bowlers as NZ chased the target with more than 5 overs left.
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After a shambolic defeat against NZ, Team India’s hopes of qualifying to the next stage dented. India are currently poised at 5th in the table with Pakistan and Afghanistan being the table toppers so far. Even winning the remaining three matches does not guarantee a place in the semi finals of the tournament.
This is the first time in 22 years that India have lost their two opening matches in a World Cup stage. The last time India lost their opening two fixtures was in the 1999 World Cup in England. Mohammad Azharuddin led Team India lost their opening encounter against South Africa by 4 wickets followed by a 3 run defeat against Zimbabwe.
India have not defeated New Zealand in ICC hosted tournaments since 2003. The last time the Men in Blue defeated the Kiwis was way back in 2003.
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