After eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand left India's Twenty20 World Cup aspirations hanging by a thread on Sunday, skipper Virat Kohli conceded his team was "not daring enough. "After being invited to bat first in the Super 12 match in Dubai, fast bowler Trent Boult and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi shared five wickets to reduce India to 110 for seven.
The Kiwis romped home in 14.3 overs, handing India their second consecutive loss of the tournament. Skipper Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, who hit 49, put on 72 runs for the second wicket as the Kiwis romped home in 14.3 overs. India is in danger of missing the semi-finals after losing their first Super 12 encounter against Pakistan by 10 wickets. They have zero points after two games, whereas Pakistan has six and Afghanistan has four points after three games each.
"I don't think we were daring enough with bat or ball," Kohli said of his team's remaining games against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia. Only the top two players advance to the semi-finals. "We didn't have much to protect, yet when we came out onto the field, we weren't fearless." "There are a lot of expectations when you play for the Indian cricket team, not just from fans, but also from players," he continued. "So there's always going to be more pressure with our games and we've embraced it over the years. "Williamson hailed his team as they collected their first win. A fantastic all-round performance from us against a formidable India side,” he said. "We were able to build pressure throughout and the way the openers came out really set the platform.”