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“Looked Clueless”: Shoaib Akhtar on India’s defeat to New Zealand in T20 World Cup


India suffered a second consecutive defeat T20 World Cup, who lost by eight wickets to New Zealand on Sunday in Dubai. The loss means that India will now have to rely on other results going their way in Group 2, if they want any chance of advancing to the semi-finals. After a weak outing against Pakistan, the Indian team once again did not live up to expectations comprehensive overplay by Kane Williamson’s side. Former Pakistani striker Shoaib Akhtar said the Indian team “looked unconscious” in the match against the Blackcaps.

The former Pakistani cricketer said in a video posted on Twitter that in addition to Jasprit Bumrah, Indian bowling is “ordinary”.

“Why did they send Ishan Kishan. Hardik Pandya bowled towards the end, should have been fitted earlier. I could not understand what game plan India was playing with – had no idea whatsoever. It was a totally lost team. No planning, everyone pressed the panic button. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma did not bat in their usual positions. A new kid (Ishan Kishan) was brought in.

India seemed to me a very ordinary team. “Apart from Bumrah, Varun (Chakaravarthy) is ok, the rest of the bowlers looked very ordinary,” Shoaib Akhtar said in a video he posted on Twitter.

India’s poor luck with the draw continued when New Zealand batted Virat Kohli’s team in the Dubai International Stadium.

India started cautiously with Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul missing the first few overs. But in his attempt to press the accelerator, Ishan Kishan perished.

KL Rahul also fell in the same vein, following a short ball from Tim Southee, only to be caught in the deep.

With runs that were hard to come by, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also decided to increase the lead, but both fell quickly in succession. In the end, India inflated their way to 110 for seven and inflated with Ravindra Jadeja remaining unbeaten on 26 off 19 balls.

New Zealand rode in the chase with Martin Guptill hitting some boundaries before falling against Bumrah.

Daryl Mitchell took center stage and fired the Indian bowling attack to all parts of Dubai. He scored 49 off 35 balls to take New Zealand to the edge.

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Captain Kane Williamson and Devon Conway made sure New Zealand did not lose any more wickets as they reached the target with 33 balls left.

With two defeats from two matches, India are fifth in the Group 2 standings, just above bottom Scotland at net run rate. India now have matches against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia left.

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