Sole battle from Corey Anderson


Contrary to his powerful striking abilities, New Zealand’s top class batsman Corey Anderson played a responsible and decisive inning in the team’s opening match against India in the 2016 Twenty 20 World cup. When Martin Guptil smashed the very first ball of the inning for a six, nobody would have imagined the Kiwis to be struggling in just a couple of overs.

By the time Anderson came on the crease at number 4, New Zealand was panting at a low score of 13. The right handed batsman slowly manoeuvred his inning at a time when the clever combination of an off break bowler (R Ashwin) and a medium pacer (A Nehra) was bossing the first five overs of the match.

Ashwin, who was looking quite dangerous from the start, continued to annoy Anderson in playing his strokes. And when Kane Williamson got dismissed in the 7th over by another spinner, Raina, the pressure started to become visible in his batting play in the form of a couple of missed shots. Despite having his partners getting dismissed in quick intervals, Anderson stayed on the crease till the 16th over.

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After contributing 34 valuable runs under pressure, Anderson couldn’t surpass a Yorker from Jasprit Bumrah that uprooted the middle stump. New Zealand was 89/5 at his dismissal, only 37 runs short of their final score of 126.


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