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Mitchell Santner is named the Man of the Match.
COW (Chances of Winning) REPORT: The pre-match COW favoured India, assigning them a 51% Chance of Winning, due to their strong performance while fielding the same team in the Asia Cup. In the 12th over of the 1st innings, India conceded only 4 runs and took the big wicket of Ross Taylor, sending their COW to 79%. At the end of the 1st innings, India were at 60% and New Zealand at 40%. In the 5th over of the 2nd innings, New Zealand conceded just 5 runs and took Yuvraj Singh's wicket, boosting their COW to 55%. Not giving up the advantage, the 9th over saw Ish Sodhi take the big wicket of Virat Kohli and conceding just 2 runs, sending their COW soaring up to 65%. Regular wickets saw their Chance of Winning climb steadily, culminating in a win by 47 runs.
India outspun! Their spinners did well to restrict New Zealand to 126 but then faltered themselves against spin. None of the batsmen stuck around and just like the New Zealand batsmen, lost wickets regularly which never gave them the momentum. 9 of the 10 wickets fell to the Kiwi spinners. 4-0-11-4 - These figures by Mitchell Santner are the best by a spinner against India.
New Zealand win by 47 runs! Double blow in to finish off the game.
Dhoni was the first to go. It was full outside off, Dhoni charged down the track and looked to go downtown but didn't connect it well. Nathan McCullum at long on, charged forward , dived and pouched it inches above the ground.
Milne then cleaned up Nehra to finish it off for New Zealand.
After 17 overs,India 75/8 ( MS Dhoni 26 , Ashish Nehra 0)
A decent over for India but India lost Ashwin. Dhoni hammered the first ball straight back over Sodhi's head for a huge six but Sodhi hit back well to remove Ashwin and concede just three runs off next five balls.
OUT! Brilliant bowling from Sodhi. R Ashwin st Ronchi b Sodhi 10 (20b 0x4 0x6)
Dhoni had hit him for a six off a couple of balls ago. But this time he is not afraid to flight the ball. It's a full delivery outside off, Ashwin leans forward for a drive, he is on the walk but is beaten by the sharp away turn. He is off balance as he has committed to the shot and is out of the crease. Ronchi whips the bails in a flash.
Ashish Nehra is the new batsman.
After 16 overs,India 66/7 ( MS Dhoni 19 , Ravichandran Ashwin 10)
Another good over for New Zealand. Dhoni misses a wild swing off a slower ball. The rest - just 5 singles. 62 needed off 24. One of these two need to explode now. Dhoni tried but failed in that over.
Anderson back into the attack....
After 15 overs, India 61/7 ( MS Dhoni 16 , Ravichandran Ashwin 8)
First signs of aggression from Dhoni. He goes for a wild swing across the line but doesn't connect well and they scamper through for a quick couple. Ashwin then goes for a loft off the last ball but gets an outside edge which falls well short of the short third man fielder. Just 4 runs off the over. Required rate 13.20 now. 66 needed off 30.
After 14 overs,India 57/7 ( MS Dhoni 13 , Ravichandran Ashwin 7)
Things have slowed down overall. Dhoni and Ashwin are batting sensibly but till when can they not afford to hit a big one? The required rate has now gone above 11 - It's 11.66. Just four runs off the over.
Santner back into the attack now.
After 13 overs, India 53/7 ( MS Dhoni 11 , Ravichandran Ashwin 5)
A couple of plays and misses in that over from Ashwin. Just four runs off the over. The required rate is above 10. 74 needed off 42 balls.
Adam Milne back into the attack...
After 12 overs, India 49/7 ( MS Dhoni 9 , Ravichandran Ashwin 3)
Some sensible batting from Dhoni and Ashwin in that over. Four singles off it. New Zealand need to keep this pressure going.
After 11 overs,India 45/7 (MS Dhoni 7 , Ravichandran Ashwin 1)
A brilliant over by Sodhi. His figures read - 2-0-5-2. Just three runs and the wicket of Jadeja in that over.
OUT! Sodhi strikes off the first ball of the second over too. RA Jadeja c & b Sodhi 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)
What a brilliant catch. It was the googly. Jadeja didn't reat it. He came forward for a flick but was done in by the away turn. He got a leading edge straight back, Sodhi dives full length forward to pouch it inches above the ground.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman.
Ish Sodhi continues.....
OUT! Santner traps Pandya LBW! H Pandya lbw b Santner 1 (7b 0x4 0x6)
Length delivery on middle, angling into the Pandya, it goes straight on, Pandya looks to flick it to the leg side off the back foot but misses and gets hit on the back leg. The umpire raises his finger on the huge appeal. Replays show it would have clipped leg.
Ravindra Jadeja strides out to the middle.
After 9 overs,India 41/5 ( MS Dhoni 4, Pandya 1)
A brilliant first over from Sodhi. He got the big wicket of Kohli. But then, he was on the shorter side thereafter.
OUT! Sodhi strike soff his first ball and this is a huge wicket. Kohli back in the hut. V Kohli c Ronchi b Sodhi 23 (27b 2x4 0x6)
What a ball to bowl first up. Loopy and full outside off, spinning away. Kohli leans forward for a drive but is done in by the away spin. He gets a thin outside edge to the keeper who pouches a sharp catch. Kohli slams his glove on the bat as he trudges off in disappointment.
Hardik Pandya strides out to the middle.
After 8 overs,India 39/4 ( Virat Kohli 23 , MS Dhoni 3)
Decent over from Elliott but not enough to build pressure. 6 runs off the over. They shouldn't allow these two to settle down. 88 needed off 12 overs.
After 7 overs, India 33/4 ( Virat Kohli 19 , MS Dhoni 2)
An eventful over. Dhoni gets a lifeline. Milne oversteps first ball. Kohli is caught at short mid-wicket off the Free -Hit ball, Dhoni has already set off for a single but is sent back. The throw comes in but Milne fumbles and breaks the stumps with his hand. Dhoni would have been a goner had he collected it cleanly. Just four runs off the over.
Adam Milne into the attack....
After 6 overs,India 29/4 ( Virat Kohli 17 , MS Dhoni 1)
The Kiwis are smartly taking the pace off the ball. Elliott bowling dibly dobly's in that overs with plenty of off-cutters. Just 3 singles off the over.
Grant Elliott into the attack now.
After 5 overs, India 26/4 ( Virat Kohli 15 , MS Dhoni 0)
Excellent over from McCullum. After just one run off the first three balls, Yuvraj sweeps one to fine leg for a boundary but then McCullum strikes back to remove Yuvraj. Five runs and a wicket off the over.
OUT! Yuvraj departs now! India in some trouble. Yuvraj Singh c & b McCullum 4 (5b 1x4 0x6)
It's flighted on off and very full, Yuvraj looks to drive but hits is uppishly straight back to McCullum. Who pouches and appeals. Everyone thinks it's a bump ball, the umpire refers it to third umpire but replays show Yuvraj has hit it aerially straight back. The red light glows and Yuvraj departs.
MS Dhoni stride sout to the middle.
After 4 overs, India 21/3 ( Virat Kohli 14 , Yuvraj Singh 0)
Kohli showing his class in that over. He at first cuts one wide of point for four and then shimmies down the track to flick one sublimely through mid-wicket for another boundary. 9 runs off the over.
Nagpur, India: Star India batsman Virat Kohli urged his team-mates to stay calm Monday amid growing fervour about India's prospects in the World Twenty20, ahead of the host's tricky tournament opener against New Zealand.
After winning 10 of their last 11 T20 internationals, India are red-hot favourites for the World T20 and former batsman Virender Sehwag said last week he was "99 percent certain" they would become the first team to win the trophy for a second time.
But Kohli, who is sometimes regarded as something of a firebrand, tried to put a dampener on expectations in a press conference on the eve of the match in Nagpur and said it was important not to get carried away.
"I think the key is to learn from the past where calmness is required in big tournaments like the ICC (International Cricket Council) events because you can get sort of carried away or over anxious or over excited," said Kohli, who is India's Test captain.
"Both those feelings are not great for any side going into a big tournament.
"What we've learned from playing in big tournaments in the past is that we have to stay as calm as possible and focus on the skills that need to be executed on the field."
India have a woeful track record against the Black Caps in World T20 tournaments, losing four out of their five previous encounters while the other match was rained off.
Big-hitting Black Caps
And although New Zealand have been undermined by inspirational skipper Brendon McCullum's retirement on the eve of the tournament, their performance in warm-up matches shows they are not lacking for firepower.
They thrashed the holders Sri Lanka last Thursday when Colin Munro, Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott all posted half-centuries in rapid time. Skipper Kane Williamson then smashed an entertaining 63 when New Zealand narrowly lost to England in their final warm-up match on Saturday.
India also suffered a rare defeat in what was an unofficial T20 international on Saturday when they lost by four runs to South Africa in another high-scoring match.
With their powerful openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma hitting a purple patch, and the veteran Yuvraj Singh also in good nick, India will expect to post a big total on a batsman-friendly pitch in Nagpur.
Kohli, in top form himself, said rookie Indian bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah and Hardik Pandya would also be crucial to the outcome, saying they had showed few signs of nerves in their fledgling international careers.
"Players like Hardik and Bumrah they have more confidence than when we started out," he said.
"They have performed in different situations and they have brought that confidence with them into the side.
"They have backed their skills and I think this is what has been the x-factor for us."
Like many of his fellow skippers, Williamson believes that India are the team to beat but says his side -- which is still to win a world cup -- do not lack in belief.
"No doubt India will be possibly the favourites for this tournament but I think all the teams will come here thinking they can win it," he said last week.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor