Sports: Spin gamble pays off, New Zealand spank India in WT20

(From Reuters)

Kane Williamson’s gamble to compromise on speed and pick three specialist spinners paid off as New Zealand humbled hosts India by 47 runs in a spin-dominated Super 10 contest of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.

New Zealand's Ish Sodhi (on the ground) is congratulated by his teammates after he took the wicket of India's Ravindra Jadeja

New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi (on the ground) is congratulated by his teammates after he took the wicket of India’s Ravindra Jadeja

Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted 126-7 in the Group Two contest on a prodigiously turning track at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium, seemingly a below-par total against the host nation who are famed for their proficiency against spin bowling.

New Zealand’s three-pronged spin attack, however, ensured it was more than enough as Mitchell Santner (4-11), Nathan McCullum (2-15) and the Indian-born Ish Sodhi (3-18) wrecked the hosts who folded for 79 in 18.1 overs.

Williamson said it was not an easy decision to drop the pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult to accommodate the spinners.

“Obviously that was tough, they are world class bowlers,” the Kiwi captain said. Read More



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