New Zealand fast bowlers embraced ‘mayhem’ as they ripped apart the prolific Indian batting just inside the first five overs. India is heavily dependent on its strong top order but it was exposed by the Black Caps’ new-ball bowling.
A sensational spell of seam bowling from New Zealand pacers Trent Boult and Matt Henry blew away the famed Indian top-order, to leave them reeling for 43/4 at the end of 15 overs in the semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019.
The tournament's top run-scorer, Rohit Sharma was gone in the second over of the Indian innings, nicking one to wicketkeeper Tom Latham off Henry. Shortly after, Indian captain Virat Kohli was outwitted and outplayed by a brilliant inswinger by Boult.
This was the first instance in the ODI history that three top-order batsmen were dismissed on the score of 1 run. Moreover, thanks to New Zealand’s brutal opening spell of fast-bowling, India’s score of 24-4 is also the lowest Powerplay (overs 1-10) score of this World Cup edition.