Kane Willaimson’s outstanding captaincy defeated MS Dhoni’s India. The Black Caps started the match with three specialist spinners keeping Trent Boult, Tim Southee at the bench. Williamson’s decision worked well as Mitchell Santer, Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum bamboozled India’s big boys with their variations of spin at a sticky wicket.
New Zealand batting first managed to score 126 with the help of Corey Anderson34 and Luke Ronchi’s 11 balls 21. But, Indian batsmen at a familiar condition look like the alien at Nagpur pitch where India all out South Africa for mere 79 runs in a Test match. Coincidentally India today bowled out for 79. So the time has reversed and the strategy to kill the overseas team with spin boomeranged.
Here are the ratings of New Zealand players
Martin Guptill: He hits the first ball of the Ravichandran Ashwin for six, but in the next delivery he was trapped lbw. But the ball was going over the three sticks. But umpire Kumar Dharamsena misjudged and raised his finger.
Kane Williamson: The Black Caps captain has struggled in his 16 balls stay at the crease. But he managed to score only 8 before MS Dhoni tugged the bails off Raina’s delivery. However, his captaincy played the key role in New Zealand victory.
Corey Anderson: He is the highest run scorer for New Zealand. He scored 34 and lost his wicket to Jasprit Bumrah while trying to play a paddle sweep. He also rolled his arm and conceded 18 runs, but went wicketless.
Ross Taylor: He scored 10, before lost his wicket to a brilliant piece of fielding to part-time spinner Suresh Raina.
Grant Elliott: He scored 9 and lost his wicket to a brilliant fielding co-operation of Shikhar Dhawan and Nehra. He also bowled two overs and conceded only nine runs and kept Indian batsmen in check.
Luke Ronchi: He played some lusty shots at death over. He scored 21 off 11 balls. He also took two catches.
Nathan McCullum: The off-spinner bowled three overs and took three important wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh. He conceded only 15 runs.
Mitchell Santner: The mastermind of New Zealand’s victory who conceded only 11 run sin his four overs and scalped four wickets of Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. He scored important 18 off 17 balls.
Ish Sodhi: The NZ leg-spinner bowled four overs and conceded 18 runs and took three wickets- Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Adam Milne: The only specialist pacer who played the match for NZ. Milne was used for only 2.1 overs and he completed New Zealand’s 45 runs victory as he bowled India 10th wicket, Ashish Nehra.