India slip to 22-year low after losing to New Zealand by 8 wickets

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 11/1/2021 7:25:23 AM

Dubai, Oct 31 It seems as if India might have to wait a bit longer to taste success at International Cricket Council events as Virat Kohli's men suffered a huge blow to their chances of reaching the semi-final of T20 World Cup 2021 after an 8- wicket defeat to New Zealand in their Super 12 match in Dubai on Sunday. India were hammered by Pakistan in their T20 World Cup 2021 opener on October 24 following which they had a 6-day break. While the former champions were expected to bounce back strong, they came up with another listless display of cricket, especially with the bat as they were restricted to 110 for 7 in 20 overs by New Zealand in Dubai. This is the first time in 22 years, India have lost their first two matches in a World Cup campaign. The last time India did so was at the 1999 World Cup in England. A Mohammad Azharuddin-led side lost to South Africa by 4 wickets in their World Cup opener that was followed by a narrow 3-run defeat to Zimbabwe in England. Even when India were sent out packing in the group stages of the World Cups in 2007, 2009 (T20 World Cup) and 2010 (T20 World Cup), they did not lose their first two matches on the bounce.


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