India defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the second T20 to take a 2-0 lead in the ongoing series. India had chased down a target of 204 runs in the first match at Auckland.
Similar to the first match, opener KL Rahul was the star with the bat for India. Rahul completed yet another half century and remained unbeaten on 57 runs off 50 balls which included 3 fours and 2 sixes.
Full Scorecard : New Zealand vs India – 2nd T20 at Auckland
Chasing a target of 133 runs to win, India lost opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli early. India were 2-39 when Kohli got out. Rahul along with Shreyas Iyer added 86 runs for the third wicket before Iyer was caught by Southee off Ish Sodhi. Shivam Dube remained unbeaten on 8 runs as India chased down the target without further hiccups.
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Earlier, New Zealand finished on 132/5 from their allotted 20 overs. Wicketkeeper batsman Tim Seifert was the top scorer for the Kiwis who was notout at 33 runs from 26 balls. Opener Martin Guptill played well for his quickfire 33 runs off 20 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Captains Speak after the Match
Kane Williamson : “”It was a tough day. The wicket was quite different from the first game. I think as a batting unit we needed another 15 or 20 to make it a little bit more competitive. But credit to the way India bowled. They’re a class side in all departments and they put us under pressure in that middle period. Even though we only had 130 on the board on a small ground, we still knew if we were able to take early wickets and build pressure like they did, then you never really know. But they showed their experience and took the game much deeper than we were able to in the first innings and they were very clinical.”
Virat Kohli : “I think we had another good performance today, especially with the ball. The bowlers stood up and took control of what we wanted to do out there. Sticking to one side of the wicket was a very good feature for us as a team to restrict a good New Zealand team to 132 which I think was below par. The low total led us to bat in that manner but we thought the pitch was good for 160 in the first half. We understood the angles of the field better, how the pitch was playing and I had to think on my feet as a captain. The ball gripped for the spinners and I think Jadeja was outstanding. Chahal was a banker. Bumrah was amazing as well, and Shami and Shardul and Shivam making very good contributions with the ball but I think we backed it up in the field more importantly.”
Match Summary :
India 135 for 3 (Rahul 57*, Iyer 44, Southee 2-20)
New Zealand 132 for 5 (Seifert 33*, Guptill 33, Jadeja 2-18)
by 7 wickets