'Absolute shambles': Cricket fans seethe over India 'disgrace'

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, pictured here shaking hands with Kane Williamson.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma shake hands with Kane Williamson after India's loss to New Zealand. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Cricket fans have savaged India after a humiliating loss to New Zealand left them on the brink of being bundled out of the T20 World Cup.

Trent Boult took three wickets and player of the match Ish Sodhi two as the Black Caps restricted the 2007 champions to just 7-110 during the opening innings of the Super 12s match in Dubai.

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Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 26 gave India faint hope of keeping their last-four aspirations in their own hands but New Zealand made light work of the modest total, wrapping up victory with 33 balls to spare.

Daryl Mitchell fell one short of a half-century for the Kiwis, while captain Kane Williamson posted 33 not out, including the decisive run.

"A fantastic all-round performance from us against a formidable India side," Williamson said.

"We were able to build pressure throughout and the way the openers came out really set the platform."

Both sides came into the crunch contest with work to do having each suffered defeats to Group Two leaders Pakistan in their respective opening matches of the tournament.

After winning the toss and opting to field, the Black Caps swiftly set about dismantling their opponents' top order.

Ishan Kishan was dismissed by Boult for four, and although progress was momentarily halted when Adam Milne dropped a regulation catch to remove Rohit Sharma for a duck, India were just 4-48 when captain Virat Kohli departed for nine on the opening ball of the 11th over.

India-born spinner Sodhi claimed the prized scalp of Kohli, tempting him into a slog sweep which was caught by Boult at long on, having earlier dismissed Sharma for 14.

Virat Kohli, pictured here walking from the field dejected after India's loss to New Zealand.
Virat Kohli walks from the field dejected after India's loss to New Zealand. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Cricket fans up in arms over India 'disgrace'

New Zealand's dominance dampened the atmosphere among the considerable Indian support inside the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

However, a slight blemish saw them concede 16 runs off the final eight deliveries, including a superb six from Jadeja, to add a little more interest to the chase.

India pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah managed to dismiss openers Martin Guptill and Mitchell for 20 and 49 respectively, but experienced skipper Williamson expertly steered his side to a comfortable win with more than five overs remaining.

"I don't think we were brave enough with bat or ball," a dejected Kohli said after the loss.

"We didn't have much to defend but we weren't brave when we walked out to field."

India's hopes of making the semi-finals are now hanging by a thread, leaving fans fuming.

New Zealand return to action against Scotland on Wednesday, while India's salvage operation begins when they meet Afghanistan later that day.

They must win that match, and assuming Nambia and Scotland do not manage an upset, hope New Zealand then lose to Afghanistan.

That would leave all three sides on six points chasing the second qualifying spot behind Pakistan.

It would then come down to net-run-rate, and India's needs considerable improvement.

with AAP

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