New Zealand Team started the day as underdogs but ended the day as side that had routed an Indian side by 47 runs dubbed as favorites to win the WorldT20 at the start of the event.
New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first on a seemingly dry wicket. The start was not ideal one for New Zealand as they lost the key wicket of Martin Guptill who was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin in the opening over of the innings.The situation got precarious for Kiwis as they lost Williamson to leave them in trouble at 35 for 3 after 7 overs.
Corey Anderson came to the fore and played an innings of notable substance as he tried to rotate the strike by taking singles and twos.He top scored with 34 runs and was helped by a breezy cameo played by wicket keeper Luke Ronchi who hit 21 runs off 11 balls that included two fours and a six.The late innings from Ronchi helped New Zealand post a below par total of 127 runs after 20 overs.
India in pursuit of the target started off on a worse note as they lost openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in opening overs.
New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson pulled up one of the most spectacular tactics by bringing his spinners on in the opening overs after seeing the amount of assistance for the Indian counterparts in their innings.
The left arm slow orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner brought on to bowl the opening over of the innings by Williamson proved to be a master stroke as he dismissed Rohit Sharma who was in form for India in the format.
The Indian innings capitulated for all the wrong reasons as New Zealand spinner trio in Nathan McCullum, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner took nine wickets between them to win the match by 47 runs in the Super 10 stage of the WorldT20 2016.
Mitchell Santner was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand team with figures of 4 wickets for 11 runs and was deservedly named as match of the match.
The Indian Skipper MS Dhoni was the sole batsman who adjusted to the conditions while others wilted away on a dry surface against wily Kiwi spinners.
The defeat for India has indicated that the tournament is still wide open as any of the teams could win the coveted trophy given the uncertainty induced by T20 format.