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IND vs NZ Knockout in ICC matches: How has India performed so far?

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The three IND vs NZ knockout matches in ICC events have been ruled by New Zealand. The ICC events include the Champions Trophy, ODI World Cup, and World Test Championship.

IND VS NZ KNOCKOUT IN ICC EVENTS

The first IND vs NZ knockout in an ICC event was in the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2000. India decided to bat first, and Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar led them to a strong start. With an outstanding 117 from skipper Ganguly and 69 from Tendulkar, they put together a formidable 141 runs for the first wicket. However, as the middle order began to struggle, the pace weakened. Therefore, India’s final score in 50 overs was 264/6. The New Zealand cricket team started average as they were 132/5. Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad were leading the way for India’s bowling attack. However, Chris Cairns, an all-rounder, came through as a hero. He scored 102 off 113 deliveries. With four wickets remaining, his heroics guided the Kiwis to a close win.

OTHER TWO INSTANCES

The second instance of IND vs NZ knockout in an ICC event was the ODI World Cup 2019. In the pivotal Manchester World Cup 2019 semifinal India and New Zealand faced off. Batting first, the Kiwis suffered early losses, but Henry Nicholls showed determination. Ross Taylor(74 off 90) and Kane Williamson(67 off 95) stabilized New Zealand’s innings. NZ finished 239/8 in 50 overs. In reply, India’s top order collapsed. After this, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni responded with 50 and 57 runs, respectively. However, India lost by 18 runs since their total was 221 in 49.3 overs.

At Southampton’s Rose Bowl, India again experienced the devastating effects of rain and lost to NZ. The first ever ICC World Test Championship final knockout was IND vs NZ. India batted first, losing the toss. The all-rounder Kyle Jamieson was outstanding, as he finished with 5/37. Following which, India was held to only 217 runs. Moreover, In the second innings, India’s batting problems continued as they were dismissed for 170 runs. It took just 139 runs for NZ to win.

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