T20 World Cup: New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets as Kohli and Co suffer another batting collapseAbdul Gh Lone 31 October 2021 0 COMMENTS
Trent Boult led an inspired bowling attack as New Zealand thrashed T20 World Cup favourites India by eight wickets on Sunday to leave Virat Kohli’s men facing a desperate struggle to reach the semi-finals.
Boult and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi shared five wickets between them to restrict India to 110/7 after being invited to bat first in the Super 12 clash in Dubai.
Skipper Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, who made 49, put 72 runs for the second wicket as the Kiwis romped home in 14.3 overs and hand India their second straight loss of the tournament.
Jasprit Bumrah denied Mitchell his maiden fifty but the wicket proved a minor blemish for the Kiwis, who bounced back from their opening loss to group toppers Pakistan.
India, who lost their first Super 12 match to Pakistan by 10 wickets, remain in danger of slipping out of the race for the semi-finals.
Boult dismissed Ishan Kishan for four and nearly had Rohit Sharma on the next ball but Adam Milne dropped an easy catch at fine leg.
Milne, who replaced Tim Seifert as the only change in the New Zealand team from their opening loss to Pakistan, then gave away 15…