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New Zealand claimed their first victory at this year’s T20 World Cup after beating India by eight wickets in the Group 2 clash at Dubai International Stadium.

Trent Boult won three wickets – bringing his T20I career total to 50 – as the Black Caps recorded a third straight victory over India at the tournament, having prevailed when they met in 2007 and 2016.

After Kane Williamson won the draw and chose to line up, Boult dismissed Ishan Kishan (4), Hardik Pandya (23) and Shardul Thakur (0).

He also caught up with Virat Kohli for nine of Ish Sodhi’s delivery, as India posted a total of 110-7 which turned out to be way too low.

Daryl Mitchell led New Zealand with 49 of 35 balls, while Martin Guptill hit 20 in his 100th T20I inning.

Captain Williamson reached 33 points as the Black Caps clinched a landslide victory with 5.3 overs to spare, dooming their opponents to a fourth consecutive T20I loss outside India for the first time. India could still reach the semi-finals, but it will take a huge turnaround of fortune after losing their first two games.

Brilliant Boult reaches half a century

The 32-year-old left-arm rapid captured 3-20 in another impressive performance for the Black Caps.

Reaching 50 T20I wickets, Boult became the fifth New Zealand bowler to achieve the feat after Tim Southee, Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Nathan McCullum.

Your up for Guptill

The drummer scored his 100th inning in the short format for the Black Caps, but it was his exploits on the field that were more important here.

The 35-year-old took catches to take out Pandya, Thakur and Rohit Sharma.


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