Kane Williamson (NZ): There's always planning going into game, but this was a great performance against a side that puts up a fight. The surface wasn't easy to find rhythm on, and the way the openers came out really set things up for the chase. It's just about adapting to the conditions as well as we could. The way the spinners kept applying pressure was commendable and it was a complete performance. We play against strong teams all the time, and there are match-winners in every side, and we commit to our brand of cricket and today was a good example of that. Ish is an outstanding white-ball bowler, and he's very experienced in playing T20 cricket, having played in different leagues all over the world, and we're looking forward to the rest of the games in the league stages.
Virat Kohli (IND): I thought we were brutal upfront. We weren't brave enough when we entered the field, but NZ sustained that pressure. Every time we took a chance, we lost a wicket. It's most often a result of hesitation of whether you should go for a shot or not. When you play for India, there are loads of expectations. We are watched, people come to the stadium and everyone who plays for India needs to embrace that and cope with it. We haven't done that in these two games, and that's why we haven't won. We have to be optimistic and positive and take calculated risks. We have to disconnect from the pressure and continue with our process, and play a positive brand of cricket. There's a lot of cricket to play in the tournament.
Ish Sodhi | Player of the Match: I am usually big on pre-match prep, with this bubble life we haven't been able to see the ground until the day we come to the ground. The wicket here was one we had to adapt to pretty quickly. It was very different to what we played in Sharjah. The boundary sizes were very different. A big part of our game is using the spin bowlers in the middle. It was set up by the powerplay bowlers. Tim Southee getting that wicket late in the powerplay was massive for us and allowed us to do our job through the middle. We had a tough loss against Pakistan, it was hard not to think this is a really big game. Coming into the game we wanted to play as good a game we possibly could. To play the way we did tonight is one to definitely celebrate.
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Over 14.3 Shardul Thakurbowls a pitched up deliveryto Kane Williamson,1 run, gets forward and works a half-volley down to deep mid-wicket for a single to win the match
Over 14.2 Shardul Thakurbowls it short of lengthto Devon Conway,1 run, gets on top of the bounce and pulled down to fine leg for a single
Over 14.1 Shardul Thakurbowls a good length deliveryto Kane Williamson,1 run, opens the face and runs it down to third man for a single
End of Over 14 (16 runs) New Zealand 100/2
Kane Williamson 23/27 Hardik Pandya 1.4-0-9-0 Devon Conway 1/3
Over 13.6 Hardik Pandyabowls a pitched up deliveryto Kane Williamson,1 run, gets forward and whips it down to long-on for a single
Over 13.5 Hardik Pandyabowls a pitched up deliveryto Kane Williamson, Boundary! Gets on his knee and flays it over the infield between extra cover and long-off for four.
Over 13.5: Wide ball. Hardik Pandya to Kane Williamson,
Over 13.4 Hardik Pandyabowls a good length deliveryto Kane Williamson, Boundary! Goes well across the stumps and ramped it over the hopping keeper to fine leg for four
Over 13.3 Hardik Pandyabowls it short of lengthto Devon Conway,1 run, gets on top of the bounce and pulls it down to backward square leg for one
Over 13.2 Hardik Pandyabowls a good length deliveryto Kane Williamson,1 run, gets forward and whipped away towards wide long-on for a single
Over 13.1 Hardik Pandyabowls a good length deliveryto Kane Williamson, no run, gets forward and tapped on the head towards point
End of Over 13 (12 runs) New Zealand 96/2
Kane Williamson 21/25 Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-19-2 Devon Conway 0/1
Over 12.6 Jasprit Bumrah bowls a back of length delivery to Devon Conway, no run, punched off the backfoot towards cover
Over 12.5 Jasprit Bumrahbowls a good length deliveryto Devon Conway, no run, gets early into the attempted glance, and that's struck him high on the pads as he misses it
Over 12.4 Jasprit Bumrahbowls a good length deliveryto Daryl Mitchell,out Caught by Rahul!! Lofts this through the line trying to clear long-on, but doesn't get the timing quite right, and it's straight down the throat
Over 12.3 Jasprit Bumrah bowls a yorker right into the blockhole to Daryl Mitchell, no run, gets forward and converts it into a low full-toss, mistimes it off the toe towards mid-on