Dubai, Oct 31: India’s future at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is out of their own hands after New Zealand produced a stunning win in Dubai.
Set a modest target of 111 to win the Group 2 fixture, Kiwi opener Daryl Mitchell top-scored in a comfortable chase, hitting a quickfire 49 as his side chased it down with 33 balls to spare.
The result means that India will need other games to go their way if they are to reach the semi-finals.
Earlier India endured a disappointing evening with the bat, limping to 110/7 off their 20 overs after being put in to bat first.
Even captain Kane Williamson wouldn’t have expected his attack to tie India in knots to the extent that they did, with Ravindra Jadeja top-scoring with 26 at the death in a disappointing showing from the pre-tournament favourites.
This defeat is India’s second of the tournament, following on from the loss to Pakistan in their Group 2 opener.
And Virat Kohli’s side will now most likely need to beat remaining opponents Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia while hoping that other results and the net run rate equation goes their way if they are to make it into the final four.
New Zealand’s win gets points on the board for Williamson’s side, but they still trail Pakistan and Afghanistan at the top of the group.