Wednesday, July 6, 2022

T20 World Cup: India’s must-win match against New Zealand today

The Indian cricket team faces New Zealand as it faces getting knocked out early from the T20 World Cup in a crucial Group 2 match of the tournament on Sunday evening.

The top two teams from the two six-team groups will qualify for the semifinals and Pakistan, with three wins in three matches, are virtually assured of topping Group 2. The contest for the second place in the group is primarily between India and New Zealand. Since both are expected to win their remaining matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, Sunday’s match is seen as a virtual quarterfinal.

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Currently placed fifth in the group, India must win all of their four remaining matches. The task won’t be easy as New Zealand are a tricky opponent — the two teams have met twice at T20 World Cups with India losing both times, in 2007 and 2016.

Virat Kohli has been troubled by Boult in the past, having been dismissed by him 10 times in international cricket. For Sunday’s game, Kohli needs to take a call on whether to field Hardik Pandya, whose lack of bowling fitness has been exposed. His batting form too has been quite ordinary. — TNS/Agencies

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