Six Runs. That was the difference between India and New Zealand during the three-match ODI series. After all the thrill and drama, fans must have felt relieved as India clinched the narrow victory to win the series. But now the game is different. It’s time for the T20 match and India cannot be in a messier situation. The men in blue have never won a match against the Kiwis when it comes to the T20 format.
Five losses in five matches. That is India’s record against the black caps. All eyes will be on India to win this one. But what Kohli and boys should remember is the fact that New Zealand is not Australia or Sri-Lanka. They don’t come with the ‘world-beaters’ baggage, and therein lies their strength. At various stages in the ODI series, one has got a glimpse of their fighting spirit and never-say-die spirit. Be it at the Wankhede Stadium, where Tom Latham and Ross Taylor pulled off a commendable 281-run chase, or during the series decider at Kanpur when opener Colin Munro and captain Kane Williamson kick-started a no-hold counter-attacking in their pursuit of 338.
But at the same time, Virat and the boys have the strength. They have proven themselves time and again and the team is in top shape right now. New Zealand has looked invincible in the format but a T-20 can be anyone’s game. Such is the reputation of the format that the form hardly matters. A smashing knock or a fall of few consecutive wickets can turn the game anytime and that’s what makes it the most popular form of the game in contemporary cricket.
Who will win the game is always a difficult question. More difficult, when two of the world’s best teams clash. New Zealand, no doubt, would be eager to make it 6-0 but the men in blue will also give it their all to break this spell.
India Vs NewZealand:
Head to Head
Ind Won: 0 NZ Won: 5
Last IND/NZ T20 Match in Nagpur: India All out on 79 😂😂
Matlab Naa hi Samjhen 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/TiIBWihhiO— ZEE🇵🇰🏏⚽ (@Wbyuth) October 31, 2017