India vs New Zealand

India vs New Zealand :  India vs New Zealand Abid Ali’s individual efforts, both with bat and ball, helped India put up a challenge, but it wasn’t enough as New Zealand completed a four-wicket win in Manchester. IND vs NZ

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An insipid batting performance from India, much like the previous one against West Indies in the tournament opener, led to a second straight defeat in what turned out to be a forgettable campaign.

Put into bat at Leeds, their batsmen were bereft of ambition, exemplified by their top-scorer Sunil Gavaskar, whose knock of 55 came off 144 balls. Kapil Dev tried to provide some impetus lower down the order but his innings was short-lived, and so was Karsan Ghavri’s as India folded for just 182. New Zealand’s opening batsmen – John Wright and Bruce Edgar – took their time in a 100-run stand which shut the door on any little chance India might’ve had to begin with. Edgar even went the distance to take his team home with an unbeaten 84 as New Zealand won by eight wickets.

It was the first time the World Cup was being held in the subcontinent, and this was a crucial game for co-hosts India after going down in their opening encounter by one run. However, their start was far from ideal in Bangalore after being put into bat. They had lost Kris Srikkanth, Sunil Gavaskar – both run out – and Dilip Vengsarkar with just 21 on the board. But a counter-attacking 75 from Navjot Singh Sidhu kept India in the game, before Kapil Dev and Kiran More propelled them to a total of 252 with a quick-fire eighth-wicket partnership of 82.

When the two sides met again for the final league match in the 1987 World Cup, New Zealand were facing a must-win situation. But they were completely swept away by a home side who were at their most ruthless in Nagpur. Their batsmen’s failure to make good starts count – six of the top seven crossed 20, but the top score was only 40 – scuppered their progress, thus finishing with a modest 221 on the board.

The table-toppers were off to a good start through Mark Greatbatch’s brisk half-century. He shared an 82-run stand with Andrew Jones, who played second fiddle in their partnership and went on to anchor the chase with an unbeaten 67 which took the team home, despite a few late hiccups. This loss put a further dent in whatever little hope India had of making it through.

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New Zealand announced themselves with a bang with a thumping 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka chasing 137 within 17 overs. Though they were pushed against Bangladesh, they registered a comprehensive win over Afghanistan.

New Zealand have always punched above their weight, especially in big tournaments. Their teams in the past have had one or two world-class performers and other utility players. This time, however, there is a difference.

New Zealand have played 12 ODI series/tournaments in this period and won 6 of them. These include victories over Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in 2017 and a 5-0 sweep over Pakistan at home in 2018.

While their combined batting average of 35.3 in this period clubs them with Pakistan and South Africa (after India and England), it is their bowling which has been outstanding in this period.

India and New Zealand have been playing One-day International (ODI) cricket since 1975. There isn’t much to choose between the two sides, given that the records go back 40 years, but India do enjoy a little bit of an edge.

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