The Indian Cricket Team was taken to the cleaners in a one-sided T20 match by New Zealand at Ranchi. The Kiwis beat the insipid Indians by 21 runs. The Indian bowling attack was opened by Hardik Pandya, who has somehow labeled himself as a specialist bowler as soon as he has got his hands on captaincy. After he got taken apart by the dangerous Finn Allen, he gave the ball to Arshdeep Singh. Arshdeep seemed to have lost all control of the ball, with huge number of no balls and wides against his name.

As soon as Washington Sundar came on, he immediately dislodged Fin Allen and Mark Chapman in the same over. The Indian Captain did not still understand that the wicket is turning and will be helpful to the spinners. He then got on Umran, Shivam Mavi and himself, who together got plastered all over the field. The icing on the cake was Arshdeep Singh going for 27 in the last over of the innings with consecutive sixes on no ball and free hit. It was there and then that the Indians mentally lost the match.

The Kiwi bowlers and their Captain Santner played to the pitch’s strength and slowly chipped in at the Indian wickets. Rahul Tripathi’s innings was a virtual joke with him playing wayward shots to the swinging ball. It was only Surya Kumar Yadav in the middle and Washinton Sundar at the end, who got some respectability to the Indian chase.

Ultimately, it was the 27 run over by Arshdeep Singh and poor captaincy by Hardik Pandya that cost India the match. The Indians fell short by 21 runs on a ground where chasing 177 should have been a cakewalk for the famed Indian batting lineup.

Man of the Match – Daryl Mitchell

Match Ka Mujrim – Arshdeep Singh, Hardik Pandya

Toss: India Won the Toss and Elected to Bowl First

New Zealand (Playing XI): Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner(c), Michael Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner

India (Playing XI): Ishan Kishan(w), Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh

Captains Speak (At the Toss)

Mitch Santner: We were challenged in the ODIs. There is no experience like playing India at home. Would be a challenge for some of the new guys. Looks pretty good. The dew is setting in. Would have been good to bowl first. Putting runs on the board and then defending would be challenging. Tom Latham and Nicholls are gone. Chapman and Sodhi are in.

Hardik Pandya: We will have a bowl first. Looks like a good track. I can see dew right now and hence we want to bowl first. Just go out there and play the best cricket we know. It is a young team. We will focus on playing good cricket. Playing the ODIs before T20Is makes it easy to pass on. For a lot of them it is an experience just being in the team. Yuzi, Mukesh, Jitesh and Prithvi miss out.

Pitch Report – The pitch looks excellent, it’s hard with an even covering of the grass,” says Ajit Agarkar. “The ball will skid on but there could be a little bit of help with the new ball.” The square boundaries are around 60-odd metres, down the ground it’s into the 70s.

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