In this World T20 review piece, at the end of a brilliant tournament, we take a look at New Zealand. The Black Caps, not highly fancied by many to do well, came through the Super 10s with ease with four wins before losing in the semi-final.
New Zealand were in a group with India, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh and what was to come was simply fantastic from the whole team as they made it through to the semi-finals with four wins from four.
The Black Caps started against the hosts India in a game they were not fancied to get a result in, but they managed to get a big win over the Indians by 47 runs to give them a perfect start.
The second game saw the Black Caps come up against rivals Australia looking to avenge their loss in the 2015 World Cup final. New Zealand won a very tight game by eight runs to give them immense confidence going into their final two games in the group.
Pakistan were the opponents in the third game for the Black Caps and once again they won the game by 22 runs. Martin Guptill starred this time, making an impressive 80 of 48 balls to give them a massive score to defend; which they did successfully.
Their final game in the group saw them come up against Bangladesh and it was a one-sided game that saw the Black Caps win by a huge margin of 75 runs. This meant, with four wins from four, they topped their group and would go on to the semi-finals to face England in Delhi.
The semi-final against England saw the Black Caps come into the game with the favourites tag after what they did in the group stages, but unfortunately they couldn't prevail and they lost the match by seven wickets.
Highs and lows
There was many highs for the Black Caps in the tournament, but the biggest would have to be beating India in the opening game of the Super 10s.
Everyone in India expected the hosts to turn the Kiwis over, but that's not how it happened and the Black Caps showed they were real contenders in the competition.
As for the lows, there weren't many, except the defeat to England in the semi-finals. The Black Caps batted first and, after being 91-2 in the 11th over, to then be restricted to 153-8 meant that they were a few runs short as England chased the score down very easily with 15 balls left.
During the tournament New Zealand had a few top performers but none more so than Mitchell Santner as he proved to be a huge star in each game and continued to help his side win games. The pitches helped the spinner but he made the most of the opportunity he was given.
Santner took 10 wickets in five games, including a match-winning performance against India in the opening game as he took 4-11 to bowl India out for 79. In the game against India, Santner also scored an important 18 runs for his team in a game where the batters found things difficult.
New Zealand will go home and recover after a having a fantastic tournament, knowing that if they keep going they will be one of the favourites for the next tournament.
New Zealand though before then will go on a summer tour of South Africa where they will play two test matches in August as they try and rise up the rankings in that form of the game as well. The Black Caps are a team on the rise under new captain Kane Williamson and will want to keep up their momentum from a successful time in India.
In a sentence?
The Black Caps, not backed by many, showed their worth in sub-continent conditions and that they are a team on the rise.