In the opening match of the World Twenty20 Super 10s, it was New Zealand who claimed a shock 47-run victory over India .

The who Indian cricket team was bowled out for a paltry 79 in 18.1 overs in a struggle to chase a target of 127 runs.

Ish Sodhi 3-18, Mitchell Santner took 4-11 and Nathan McCullum 2-15 as nine India wickets fell to spin.

Corey Anderson contribution was 34 runs towards New Zealand’s total of 126-7.The value of his innings only became apparent as India, in familiar conditions and with a fervent crowd behind them, slumped to only a second defeat in their past 12 T20s.

It is indeed a big shock for India who were beaten at their own game ground in the opening match and this might diminish India’s hopes of becoming the first team to win the tournament twice.

Dhoni and Virat Kohli made 23, Santner had Rohit Sharma stumped and Suresh Raina caught via a leading edge in his first over. This left India to 12-3. Later Yuvraj Singh was catch-out by McCullum. Shikhar Dhawan was removed in the first over by Off-spinner McCullum.

Dhoni watched Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin fall to the impressive Sodhi – playing only his sixth T20 – and India’s defeat was confirmed when the skipper was superbly held low down by McCullum at long-on in the 18th over.

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Courtesy: IANS