India vs NZ 2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma Leads India to a 7-Wicket Win

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India vs New Zealand 2nd T20
Rohit Sharma's half-century leads India to a T20 win against New Zealand

India beat New Zealand in the 2nd T20 match at Auckland today (8 February 2019) by 7 wickets. With this win, India has levelled the series, 1-1.

Indian stand-in captain Rohit Sharma scored a half-century in the game, also becoming the highest run scorer in T20I history. He overtook New Zealand’s Martin Guptill who has scored 2,272 runs in 74 innings. The opener also became the first Indian to slam 100 sixes in T20Is.

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India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: As it happened

New Zealand batted first in the pursuit of replicating the first match’s performance. Last game’s Man of the Match Tim Seifert wasn’t successful this time around. He made only 12 (12).

Aggressive left-hander Colin Munro also scored 12 (12). The best New Zealand batsman across formats and captain Kane Williamson also wasn’t able to contribute much. He made 20 (17).

 

It was the experienced Ross Taylor and All Rounder Colin de Grandhomme who took the Black Caps to a respectable total. Taylor made 42 off 36 balls while Grandhomme scored a quick fire 28 off balls 50, which included 4 sixes and a four. New Zealand made only 158/8 in their 20 overs.

For India, left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya picked up the most 3 wickets for 28 runs in his 4 overs. Khaleed Ahmed too was economical. He gave away only 27 runs in his 4 overs also picking up 2 wickets. Bhubaneswar Kumar and Hardik Pandya also claimed a wicket each.

India’s innings

 

Chasing a modest 159, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started extremely well putting up a partnership of 79 in 9.2 overs. Dhawan made 30 (31) while captain Sharma scored a half-century off 29 balls. His innings was ornamented with 3 fours and 4 sixes.

Along the way, he crossed 100 sixes, the first Indian to do so. Vijay Shankar made an 8 ball 14. It was Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni who finished off the easy chase. Pant remained not out on 40 off 28 balls while MS Dhoni stayed not out on 20 off 17 balls.

For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi and Daryl Mitchell picked up a wicket each.

India has levelled the T20I series

India won the match with 7 wickets and 7 balls remaining and has now levelled the series, 1-1 with a match to go.

 

Rohit Sharma is now the highest run scorer in T20Is with 2288 runs. “Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes. It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind. It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side,” he said at the post match presentation.

Krunal Pandya was awarded the Man of the Match for his impressive 3-28 (4). “It felt really nice to contribute for the team. It’s always special when you contribute to a win. The dimensions are quite different from Wellington, the straight boundaries were short and I had to adjust my length to it. Looking forward to the decider in two days’ time,” he said after receiving the award.

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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