India’s order crumbled on the opening day of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship main draw as the hosts lost to New Zealand today (15 March) by 47 runs.
Corey Anderson reached a team-high 34 for the Kiwis, who won the toss and batted first. New Zealand reached 126 in its 20 overs.
In the chase, India’s openers of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan combined for six runs. Eight of India’s batsmen were out for five runs or less as the hosts were all out for 79 runs through 18.1 overs.
Mitchell Santner took for wickets for 11 runs for the Kiwis while Ish Sodhi had three scalps.
After the loss, India Captain MS Dhoni said it’s his job to rally the troops.
“What I always tell the boys is that you have to see what kind of cricket you’re playing,” Dhoni said. “What’s the mistake that you have committed in the game, rather than thinking as to, ‘oh we only scored 80 runs or 90 runs.’ What’s important is how to turn around and how to come back strong.”
Tournament play continues Wednesday (16 March) with England taking on West Indies in Group 1 at 9 a.m. and Bangladesh taking on Pakistan in Group 2 at 4:30 p.m.