T20 World Cup: In order to stay alive in the semi-finals race, Virat Kohli-led India will have to break the ‘Kiwi’ jinx when they take on Kane Williamson-led New Zealand in the all-important Super 12 clash on Sunday in Dubai.
Can Virat Kohli’s India break ICC jinx against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand? (AP Photo)
- India and New Zealand will take on each other in the ICC T20 World Cup
- New Zealand have been India’s nemesis in ICC events over last 14 years
- New Zealand holds edge over India with five wins out of six in ICC tournaments
Virat Kohli-led India will have their task cut out when they take on a tricky opponent in New Zealand in a must-win Super 12 clash of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Dubai on Sunday. Both teams are heading into this important encounter on the back of defeats against a strong Pakistan unit and need to win this game at any cost to stay afloat in the semi-finals race.
If there is one team that has been India’s “nemesis” in ICC events over the past one-and-a-half decades, it is New Zealand. In the last six meetings between both teams in ICC tournaments, it is New Zealand who holds the edge with five wins out of six. India’s only victory was way back in the 2003 World Cup under Sourav Ganguly.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2021
But as destiny would have it, India’s survival in the ongoing T20 World Cup depends on a win against New Zealand. Notably, the Indian team has not been able to beat New Zealand in any ICC tournament since the Sourav Ganguly-led Indian team’s seven-wicket win over the Kiwis in the 2003 World Cup. New Zealand knocked out Virat Kohli and company from the 2019 ODI World Cup in the semifinals stage, and then they beat them in the ICC World Test Championship final to lift the inaugural trophy.
ICC World T20 2007
The only team to beat India during their maiden World T20 triumph was New Zealand. Even though Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag got India off to a flying start of 76 for no-loss in 5.4 overs in the 191-run chase, Daniel Vettori stood up for the Kiwis with 4 wickets, giving away just 20 runs in his 4 overs to hand his team a narrow 10-run victory.
ICC World T20 2016
India were considered favourites going into the league stage encounter vs the Kiwis and their chances looked brighter when they restricted the opposition to 126/7 in Nagpur. However, New Zealand’s spin trio of Mitchell Santner, Nathan McCullum and Ish Sodhi took 6 wickets between them to bundle the hosts for a mere 79 to leave the World Cup wide-open.
ICC World Cup 2019
Probably the most-talked-about Indian game in recent times lived up to its billing when the 2 teams met in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. A match that went on for 2 days due to rain witnessed a see-saw battle between the teams as it went right down to the wire. India’s batting failed them once again in the pursuit of a 240-run target, but it wasn’t till the run-out of talisman MS Dhoni that the Kiwis knew they had booked a place in the final of the World Cup for the 2nd time in a row.
ICC World Test Championship 2021
India’s poor batting let them down once again in the WTC Final as they got bowled out for 170 in the second innings on the reserve day, thus, setting a paltry 139-run target for New Zealand, which they gunned down in the final session with 8 wickets in hand to clinch their second ICC title after the Knockout Trophy in 2000. Incidentally, the Kiwis had defeated India in that final as well to win their maiden ICC trophy.
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