Friday, 21 October 2016

India vs New Zealand: As Kiwis record first win, hosts unearth hidden gems

The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi bore witness to a phenomenon that had been missing in New Zealand's tour of India so far, that of the visitors holding their nerves to win.

New Zealand 
242/9 (50)236/10 (49.3)
New Zealand won by 6 runs

Thursday's performance by the Black Caps, that lead to a nervy win over favourites India, was a result of them fighting with the same spirit that propelled them to the final of the last World Cup, and proving to their opponents that they are not the paper tigers they were made out to be after a string of losses.

The near-invincibility of the hosts for the most part in this tour nearly took the joy out of the contests. Thanks to New Zealand's series-levelling effort in New Delhi, the interest levels in the series have been restored. Finally, the Indians have been given a challenge in their backyard, and it will be interesting to see what their response is like at Mohali.

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