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CWC Memories: India v New Zealand

Ahead of the sides’ T20I series, we look back at their Cricket World Cup meetings
CWC memories - Ind v NZ

India have just completed a 2-1 ODI series win against New Zealand and are set to face off in a three-match T20I series starting today, so we looked into the history books to see how the two sides have got on when they’ve met in Cricket World Cups gone by.

Of their 101 ODI meetings - of which India are on top with 51 wins to New Zealand’s 44 – seven have taken place at a Cricket World Cup. While India have the upper hand overall in ODIs, it’s New Zealand who have fared better during World Cups, winning four of the seven clashes.

The first of those four victories came at the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1975. Facing each other at Old Trafford in Manchester, 70 from Syed Abid Ali helped India reach 230 from their 60 overs. But, a fine unbeaten knock of 114 from New Zealand opener Glenn Turner carried the Kiwis’ innings as they reached the target with 1.1 overs remaining and six wickets to spare.

Glenn Turner bats during India and New Zealand’s clash at the first Cricket World Cup in 1975
Glenn Turner bats during India and New Zealand’s clash at the first Cricket World Cup in 1975

Four years later it was the same result, this time across the Pennines at Headingley. Batting first once more, Sunil Gavaskar top-scored for India with a patient 55 from 144 balls as they were bowled out for 182. New Zealand lost just two wickets in their reply, as they knocked off the runs in 57 overs. Bruce Edgar scored 84 not out for the Blackcaps, while John Wright and Glenn Turner scored 48 and 43* respectively.

It wasn’t until 1987 that India recorded their first Cricket World Cup win over New Zealand, as they met for a third time in the tournament, this time on home soil in Bengaluru. The hosts racked up a score of 252/7 in their 50 overs, aided by 75 from Navjot Sidhu and 42* from number nine Kiran More. Ken Rutherford (75) and Andrew Jones (64*) provided the backbone of the Blackcaps’ innings, but they fell 16 runs short of India’s total.

Chetan Sharma took the first-ever Cricket World Cup hat-trick in India’s 1987 match against New Zealand
Chetan Sharma took the first-ever Cricket World Cup hat-trick in India’s 1987 match against New Zealand

Just 17 days later, India got their second Cricket World Cup win over New Zealand, this time in extremely convincing style. History was made in the game, as India’s Chetan Sharma dismissed Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield in consecutive balls to claim the first-ever Cricket World Cup hat-trick. Chasing a target of 222, India’s openers Kris Srikkanth (75 off 58 balls) and Gavaskar (103* from 88) were in imperious form as they helped the hosts reach 224 in just 32.1 overs for the fall of one wicket.

Adam Parore and Roger Twose embrace after New Zealand’s 1999 win
Adam Parore and Roger Twose embrace after New Zealand’s 1999 win

Home advantage favoured New Zealand the next time the sides met at a Cricket World Cup, as they got back to winning ways in Dunedin at the 1992 tournament. Despite a score of 84 from Sachin Tendulkar as India finished on 230/6, the Blackcaps knocked off the total in 47.1 overs, thanks mainly to 73 from opener Mark Greatbatch and an unbeaten 67 from Jones.

The 1999 Cricket World Cup pitted the sides against each other for a sixth time - back in England – this time at Trent Bridge. Once more, it was the chasing side who came out victorious, as New Zealand reached their target of 252 with 1.4 overs to spare; Matt Horne leading the Kiwis’ chase with 74 at the top of the order.

Zaheer Khan celebrates the wicket of Nathan Astle in 2003
Zaheer Khan celebrates the wicket of Nathan Astle in 2003

Their last meeting at a Cricket World Cup came 13 years ago in the Super Sixes stage of the 2003 tournament. A fine bowling performance from India – most notably Zaheer Khan, who took 4 for 42 – saw New Zealand bowled out for just 146. Despite India’s top three falling cheaply, Mohammad Kaif (68*) and Rahul Dravid (53*) put on 129 to lead their side to victory.

India will have a chance to level their World Cup head-to-head record up when the they meet New Zealand at Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

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