Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja’s cameo takes India past 100 as New Zealand bowlers stamp their authority

Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja’s cameo takes India past 100 as New Zealand bowlers stamp their authority

The Black Caps kept pushing the Men in Blue on the backfoot by picking wickets at regular intervals.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Going into their match against New Zealand, the pressure was well and truly on Team India. The defeat against Pakistan on October 24 had pushed the Men in Blue on the backfoot. The 10-wicket loss in Dubai would have crushed their morale to a large extent. But keeping in mind their class, Virat Kohli and Co. were expected to put in a strong showing against Kane Williamson’s Black Caps.

The ground in Dubai has favoured the team, batting second. Hence, it didn’t spring a surprise after the Kiwis opted to field first after winning the toss. In the meantime, India sprung in a big surprise as Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul came out to open the batting. The fact that Rohit Sharma didn’t come out to open furrowed a lot of eyebrows. The experiment didn’t work for India by any means.

Trent Boult got rid of Ishan Kishan to strike first blood. Kishan tried to whip the ball away only to find Daryl Mitchell at square leg. Rahul started with three fours before Tim Southee accounted for his wicket. Thereafter, Ish Sodhi came to the party and removed Virat and Rohit, who batted at No.3, in quick succession. Rishabh Pant also found the going tough as he played at a strike rate of 63.16.

Jadeja’s knock gives India some momentum

Hardik Pandya tried his heart out and scored 23 runs, but even a power-hitter like him failed to score at over a run-a-ball. Shardul Thakur, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the eleven, got out for a duck. With three overs left in their innings, India had a run rate of around 4.7. From there on, Ravindra Jadeja came to the party and showed his class with the bat in hand.

The southpaw stayed unbeaten on 26 off 19 with the help of two fours and one six. On the back of his knock, India went past the 100-run mark. The Men in Blue, eventually, went on to score 110 for the loss of seven wickets. Boult was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers as he picked up three wickets. Sodhi picked up two wickets at an excellent economy rate of 4.20.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to India’s innings