Following their eight-wicket defeat against New Zealand on Sunday, October 31, India still awaits a victory against the Kiwis in T20 World Cup. In a do-or-die game for the two giants of world cricket, the Black Caps emerged victoriously and kept their World Cup campaign very much alive. With this victory, New Zealand went 3-0 up against India in the World Cup of the shortest format.
The two teams played against each other for the first time in the inaugural T20 World Cup. New Zealand posted a competitive target of 191 in the first innings. After a fiery start from the openers, India was well-set for the big run chase. After the openers were sent back to the pavilion, the Indian middle-order couldn’t put the runs together and fell short by 10 runs.
The second encounter between the two teams in the T20 World Cup took place in the 2016 T20 World Cup. The hosts restricted New Zealand to a below-par total of 126. The Indian team was the favourite to win the game. The spin duo of Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner turned all the Indian plans upside down. They bundled out India to a mere total of 79 and lost the fixture by 47 runs.
Their most recent outing took place in the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE. Indians were put to bat by the Kiwis, the Indian top-order couldn’t settle against the Kiwi pacers in the powerplay. The hosts found it difficult to register the triple-figure mark on the board. A couple of boundaries from Ravindra Jadeja in the death overs helped India to set up a target of 111. Apart from losing two wickets, Kane Williamson and the team couldn’t find any difficulties in chasing the below-par target.