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India fails to crack the NZ code again in ICC tournaments

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Southampton, June 24 (IANS) India against New Zealand in the International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments in the last few years are like Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal on clay courts at the French Open and never find a way to win. On Wednesday, the Kiwis inflicted the sixth defeat in the ICC tournaments on India by winning the world final of the Test Championship.

The last time India managed to beat New Zealand was back in the World Cup in the 50-year-old in 2003 under Sourav Ganguly, when bowler left at the pace Zaheer Khan took four grids as India shot the Kiwis out for 146 and won by seven grids in Centurion.

Since then, it has been all over New Zealand as they have scored victories over India in the T20 World Cup, 50th World Cup as well as the World Championships.

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Here’s a look at where India has lost to New Zealand over the last 13 years in ICC tournaments:

2007 World T20, league match, Johannesburg:

The Kiwis scored 190 strokes with first, with Brendon McCullum scoring 45 (31 balls) and Craig McMillan hitting 44 (out of 23 balls). In response, India completed 10 runs below the 180/9 goal in 20 overs. Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori picked up four wickets for 20 runs to get a man-to-fight performance.

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One of the most disappointing losses for India. After topping the league table with 15 points, the Virat Kohli-led team was the favorite to win the draw over two days due to bad weather. Thanks to skipper Kane Williamson (67 out of 95) and Ross Taylor (74 out of 90), the Kiwis came to 239. However, India’s battle fell apart as they battled on the second day (reserve day) and lost the first three wickets in five driving. Despite Ravindra Jadeja’s 77 out of 59 balls, India were all out in 221 and finished 18 runs short.

WTC two-test series in New Zealand, 2020:

India lost the first Test in Wellington by 10 wickets. Batting first, they folded to 165 in 68.1 overs as Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson took four wickets each. The Kiwis made 348 using 89 from skipper Kane Williamson. The 183-run lead proved too much for India as they lost seven wickets in the second half before being able to take the lead.

India lost the second Test in Christchurch by seven wickets. Although they put up a better first innings score (242) this time and took a seven-run lead thanks to Mohammed Shami’s four-wicket and Jasprit Bumrah’s three-wicket move, they were crushed in the match. Batting crumbled in 124 in the second half against the pace of Tim Southee (3/36) and Trent Boult (4/28). The 132-run goal turned out to be a cakewalk for the Kiwis.

WTC Final, Southampton 2021:

The latest match, which ended on Wednesday, looked to be a draw. However, New Zealand’s square tempo attacks turned the tide in their team’s favor, sacking India for a shameless 170 after resuming the sixth – reserve day’s game of 64/2. The small goal of 139 turned out to be a cakewalk as both Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson shared an unbeaten 96-run partnership on the third time taking their team home.

–IANS

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