Key Moments from India vs New Zealand
So,I have been lucky to have somehow landed a cool assignment of shooting the ongoing cricket twenty20 world cup and would be mainly following Team India matches across the country. My first match was in Nagpur with India playing against New Zealand in the tournament opener. This tournament is probably going to be the most watched, followed and televised cricket tournament ever according to ICC. We all know how popular the T20 version of cricket has become now due to it's short format and successful IPL editions. I was on assignment for Photo Concierge, a stock photo agency which is redefineing stock photography. You could directly buy or license images from Photo Concierge.
Key Moments from India vs New Zealand – Twenty20 World Cup 2016
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. India's Ravichandran Ashwin opened the bowling and was hammered for couple of sixes but he removed Martin Guptill in the second ball of the match itself.
There was a clear indication of Nagpur pitch being a rank turner early in the New Zealand innings with Ashwin, Raina & Jadeja strangling Kiwis for quick runs and regularly picking up wickets at intervals. This match was going to be a clearly low-scoring affair.
Kane Williamson gets stumped by Dhoni off Suresh Raina's offcutters. It was indeed a spinners paradise with a lot of bounce & turn for slow bowlers.
Another Kiwi batsman walks back slowly to the pavilion, wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals.
Corey Anderson was the anchor man for New Zealand with his 42 ball 34. New Zealand posted a total of 126 which looked like a tricky score but given India's batting depth and skills against spin it looked like a total which they could chase well under 15 overs.
Indian fans at Nagpur were heartily cheering every ball bowled by India's bowlers as they had done a phenomenal job in restricting Kiwis to a moderate score.
Indian crowds is what makes an exciting cricket match, they cheer with all their hearts out for their team. Nagpur was electrifying!
India began carefully but were soon reeling for 12/3 with the loss of Dhawan, Rohit & Raina in quick succession. Kiwis too had figured out the best team combination with three spinners operating Sodhi, Santner & Nathan.
Virat Kohli & Yuvraj tried to stablize India's innings but Yuvraj was dismissed by Nathan Mccullum's stunning catch of his own bowling.
Virat Kohli too departed after a brief stay at the crease, He looked at ease facing the Kiwi spin trio but was undone by Sodhi's googly on a bouncy Nagpur pitch. India at this stage seemed a bit in hole with their key batsman who's successfully rescued India at times also departing.
Sodhi & Santner really troubled Indian bastmen on a turning Nagpur pitch with Kiwi spinners claiming 9 wickets amongst themselves. After a long time, Indian batsmen were caught off guard by quality spin bowling.
Dhoni played run a ball innings and tried to see India through but unfortunately ran out of partners on the other end. Dhoni seen smashing a huge six off Sodhi, the crowd roar literally exploded the stadium but was shortlived as Dhoni too departed and it was all over for India achieving the target.
Kiwis successfully defended a small total of 126 and actually won the game with a comfortable margin of 47 runs as India tumbled for 79 runs, the lowest ever on home soil in T20 version. Certainly, the pitch was a turner but Indian batsmen lacked control or patience and fell for some soft dismissals against spin bowling which is tradtionally their stronghold. Nevertheless, It's good that India had a shocker which would probably give them a wake up call early in the tournament given their super form in the shorter version of the game.
As a photographer covering cricket for the first time, I had a good outing but would have loved India winning but I am sure they will bounce back and will probably go all the way through to finals. And, I am pretty excited about the next match happening in Kolkata with India playing Pakistan, I am going to have continuous sleepless nights 🙂