In the 28th match of the Twenty20 World Cup, New Zealand defeated India by 8 wickets. It is to be mentioned that Team India has lost the second match in a row in the World Cup, so it seems difficult for them to reach the semi-finals.
After losing the toss and opting to bat first, the Indian batsmen were disappointed and managed to score 110/7 in 20 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja scored 26 not out. With this, Trent Bolt took 3 wickets for the Kiwi team. New Zealand easily achieved the target of 111 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 14.3 overs.
Chasing the target, the Kiwis got off to a poor start and in the fourth over, Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Martin Guptill for 20 to give the team their first victory. However, Darrell Mitchell and Kane Williamson did not give India a chance to come back and added 72 off 54 balls for the second wicket. Bumrah also took the wicket of Mitchell 49.
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Now Team India will have to win the next three matches. If that happens then India will have 6 points. In this situation, India will have to rely on the results of other teams’ matches, especially the New Zealand-Afghanistan match, to reach the semi-finals.
India will have to pray that the Afghan team also beats New Zealand but loses to India. India again improved their net run over both New Zealand and Afghanistan by a huge margin over Namibia and Scotland. In this situation, the Indian team can reach the semifinals even after losing to New Zealand.
Fortunately for India, their last two matches are against Scotland (November 5) and Namibia (November 8). Both the teams are considered weak and with a big win against them, India can move ahead in terms of net run rate.
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