India vs New Zealand 28th Match at Dubai, 31 Oct, 2021

Toss: New Zealand, who chose to bowl
India 110/7 (20)
New Zealand 111/2 (14.3)
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Man of the Match: Ish Sodhi

    Over 9.1: No runs. Shardul Thakur to Daryl Mitchell,

    Over 9.2: Sixer!. Shardul Thakur to Daryl Mitchell,

    Over 9.3: No runs. Shardul Thakur to Daryl Mitchell,

    Over 9.4: Boundary!. Shardul Thakur to Daryl Mitchell,

    Over 9.5: Boundary!. Shardul Thakur to Daryl Mitchell,

    Over 9.6: No runs. Shardul Thakur to Daryl Mitchell,

    Over 14.1 Shardul Thakur bowls a good length delivery to Kane Williamson,1 run, opens the face and runs it down to third man for a single

    Over 14.2 Shardul Thakur bowls it short of length to Devon Conway,1 run, gets on top of the bounce and pulled down to fine leg for a single

    Over 14.3 Shardul Thakur bowls a pitched up delivery to Kane Williamson,1 run, gets forward and works a half-volley down to deep mid-wicket for a single to win the match

    New Zealand won by 8 wickets

    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.

    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.

    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.