New Zealand beat India by 47 runs in the opening match of the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Set a target of 127, India were bowled out for 79 in 18.1 overs. The top scorer of the innings was MS Dhoni, who made 30. The pick of the bowlers was Mitchell Santner, who had figures of 4 for 11. (Women’s World Cup 2016: India beat Bangladesh by 72 runs in opener)
New Zealand posted a score of 126 for 7 in 20 overs. Winning the toss and electing to bat, it was a remarkable start for New Zealand as a six was scored on the first ball. This was followed by more drama as a wicket fell on the second ball itself.
The top scorer of the innings was Corey Anderson. He made 34. As far as the bowling was concerned, the standouts were Jasprit Bumrah and Suresh Raina. Both ended with figures of 1 for 15.
The atmosphere at the match in Nagpur had to be seen to be believed. A huge crowd had gathered at the venue well before the start of the match.
New Zealand now lead India 5-0 in the head-to-head count in T20 Internationals played between the two teams. While India won the World Cup back in 2007, New Zealand are looking for their first crown.
India are looking to repeat history at home. The last time there was a World Cup in India, the hosts produced a sensational triumph. This since they won the 50-overs World Cup in 2011.