Sports: Tough test ahead for India

(From Live Mint)

Before the Nagpur game against New Zealand on Tuesday, India were overwhelming favourites to win the World Twenty20 on home soil. The general atmosphere—among both fans and experts—was that a win for India was a mere formality in their opening encounter of the tournament.

New Zealand celebrate the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.

New Zealand celebrate the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.

“I thought the result was going to be 60-40 in India’s favour before the toss, but now it’s 80-20 as New Zealand have decided to go with quantity (three spinners) rather than quality (leaving out pacers such as Trent Boult and Tim Southee),” former India opener Aakash Chopra said after the toss, when Kane Williamson decided to bat first.

The next 3 hours proved to be among the most difficult M.S. Dhoni and his men have ever had in a T20 match. Here was a team on an unbeaten run of seven matches (and 10 wins out of 11 matches) coming into this game, playing at home in front of a partisan crowd, on a pitch that was suited to their game. Read More

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