India restrict New Zealand to 126-7 in Nagpur

NAGPUR: New Zealand's spin-heavy attack will have their work cut out as they set India a 127-run victory target in the first Super 10 match of the World Twenty20 at Nagpur's VCA Stadium on Tuesday.


The tournament proper got underway with Martin Guptill hitting the first delivery over bowler Ravichandran Ashwin's head for a six but New Zealand slumped to 35-3 in the seventh over after opting to bat first in the Group Two contest.

Corey Anderson top scored for New Zealand with 34 but it was Luke Ronchi's (21 not out) 11-ball cameo that took them to a modest 126-7.

New Zealand included three specialist spinners -- Nathan McCullum, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner -- in their squad on a track that offered significant turn.