Mumbai: New Zealand fail to build an opening stand yet again in the ICC World Cup 2019. Bumrah continuing his scintillating form, struck early for India to dismiss Martin Guptill for 1 run.
New Zealand were able to post only one hundred-run opening stand in their last nine matches. Apart from a 137-run opening partnership against Sri Lanka, the Kiwis have failed to get off a flying start in rest of the tournament. ICC World Cup 2019's official Twitter account also tweeted about New Zealand's opening woes in the mega-event.
Martin Guptill was in phenomenal form in previous edition of the World Cup. However, the right-hander has failed to leave a mark in World Cup 2019. He has gathered 167 runs in the tournament at an average of 20.87.
Harsha Bhogle also pointed out New Zealand's inefficiency to build a stable opening stand in the World Cup.
New Zealand's recent opening partnerships have been 0/12/0/5/29/2/1. Great ball, great catch— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2019