Blackcaps vs India: Ish Sodhi shocked with Daryl Mitchell's controversial dismissal

Blackcaps spinner Ish Sodhi expressed his disappointment at the controversial dismissal of Daryl Mitchell during New Zealand's seven-wicket loss against India.

During the second T20 on Friday, all-rounder Mitchell was controversially dismissed after being given out leg before wicket (LBW).

He reviewed the decision and even though hot spot appeared to show the ball knocked the bat, a lack of spike on snicko was enough for third umpire Shaun Haig to give it out.

The decision left players and fans at Eden Park baffled, with Sky Sports commentator Simon Doull calling the decision "absolutely ridiculous".

Sodhi said his teammates were left frustrated by the game-changing decision.

"Shocking," he said. "We didn't really understand what was going on. Most people saw that there was a hotspot on his bat.

"We're pretty gutted about it. Gutted because it was just his second game, coming out and having something like that. I have never seen anything like that."

Daryl Mitchell.
Daryl Mitchell. Photo credit: Photosport

The decision left New Zealand on 43/3 and eventually they finished their 20 overs on 158/8, before India successful chased down the total with seven balls remaining to level the three-match series at 1-1.

There is plenty on the line in the final match in Hamilton as India is chasing their first T20 series win in New Zealand.

Sodhi said New Zealand "have to play better" if they want to win the match and the series.

"We just have to play better," he said.

"We were 20 runs below par, and when you are below par you need to take wickets at the top, and the power play becomes crucial.

"We didn't manage to get wickets, and they played a measured power play and set themselves up through the middle.

"In the last game we played a fantastic game of cricket, we got 220 on the board, and we ended up bowling them out as well, so that was a really complete performance.

"We can pick apart everything tonight, and approach the game on Sunday really differently, but I think if we keep going in with our consistent approach then performances like Wellington aren't too far away."

Following the final T20 match, New Zealand jumps straight into a three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh which starts on Wednesday at McLean Park in Napier.


Join us for live updates of the Blackcaps vs India from Hamilton on Sunday February 10.