The Indian team began the proceedings in the ongoing do-or-die clash against New Zealand in Pune in the best possible manner, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put them on the top of the proceedings by ending the dangerous looking partnership between Colin de Grandhomme and Henry Nicholls by dismissing the latter with a peach of a delivery.
After Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first, New Zealand began positively as their openers scored a flurry of boundaries to race to 20 within no time. However, once Bhuvneshwar dismissed Martin Guptill, India clawed its way back into the game and tightened the screws on the visitors. India not only kept on taking wickets at regular intervals but also did not allow the visitors to score easy runs and as a result, half of the New Zealand side was back in the hut with just 118 runs on the board in the 30th over.
However, de Grandhomme and Nicholls threatened to bring back New Zealand into the game. The duo was rotating the strike at will and were hitting the occasional boundaries to frustrate the hosts. But before they could inflict further damage on the home side, Virat Kohli re-introduced Bhuvneshwar into the attack and the move paid off immediately.
The right-arm pacer, who had to take 2 for 18 in his first spell of 5 overs, sent back Nicholls on the very fifth delivery of his first over after being given recalled. Bowling from round the wickets, Bhuvneshwar bowled an angled delivery which went right through Nicholls’ gate before shattering his stumps.
Here is a clip of that brilliant wicket:
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