Rajkot: New Zealand defeated India by 40 runs in the second T20 here on Saturday to level the three-match series 1-1. The match was completely dominated by the visitors.
After having won the toss, the Kiwis posted a huge total of 196-2, thanks to a fantastic unbeaten ton by Colin Munro, who scored 109. Debutant Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal were the only wicket-takers for the hosts.
In reply, India got off to a poor start, as they lost Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the second over, as Trent Boult got a double.
This was followed by a 54-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, after which Shreyas departed for 23.
However, it was a 56-run partnership between Kohli and MS Dhoni which gave the hosts some hope, but Kohli faltered in end, to the hands of wicket-keeper Glenn Phillips. India’s hopes to win the match were in tatters, as the Kiwis comfortably won the series-levelling match.
India 125-5 from 17 overs
Virat Kohli has departed for 65, as India have suffered a huge blow.
India 122-4 from 16 overs
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni kept Team India going, as they have kept some hope of the hosts winning the match.
India 106-4 from 14 overs
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni brought up India's 100 as they continued to race towards the target.
India 87-4 from 12 overs
VIrat Kohli has got to yet another 50, as he takes India towards the 100-run mark.
India 71-4 from 10 overs
Nothing is going right for the hosts as Hardik Pandya has just departed in no time. Can India make a comeback?
India 67-3 from 9 overs
Shreyas Iyer departed for 23 as New Zealand got yet another breakthrough.
India 62-2 from 8 overs
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer have taken India past the 50-run mark, as they march towards the target. The fifty partnership between the duo also came up.
India 40-2 from 6 overs
A good over by Mitchell Santner, as he concedes just three runs.
India 35-2 from 4 overs
After losing the openers early, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer have taken India back into the game, scoring 14 runs in the fourth over.
India 11-2 from 2 overs
Trent Boult has provided an early breakthrough for Kiwis, as he has removed openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in quick succession.
India 6-0 from 1 over
India have got off to a decent start in their run chase, with the total reading 6-0 after 1 over.
The match has resumed after a slight delay due to the floodlights.
New Zealand innings
Rajkot: New Zealand posted a competitive total of 196-2 in the second T20 against India here on Saturday.
Electing to bat first, the openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill got the Kiwis off to a good start, putting a 105-run partnership. However, Guptill departed just short of his fifty, as Yuzvendra Chahal got India their breakthrough.
Kane Williamson, too, departed soon after, as the hosts found back their way, thanks to Mohammed Siraj, who removed the Kiwi captain. However, Colin Munro continued his good form as he got to his second T20I hundred in just 54 balls.
Virat Kohli and co will have a huge task at hand when they come out to bat, hoping that they can clinch the series.
New Zealand innings
New Zealand 187-2 from 19 overs
Colin Munro has got to his second T20I hundred in just 54 balls, as New Zealand now have 200 in sight.
New Zealand 179-2 from 18 overs
As New Zealand have 200 in sight, Colin Munro has inched towards his second T20I ton.
New Zealand 147-2 from 15 overs
Mohammed Siraj got his first ever wicket in his international career as he removed captain Kane Williamson. India are back in the game.
India 136-1 from 14 overs
With Colin Munro looking in good touch, New Zealand have less to worry as they are already inching on the 150-run mark.
New Zealand 108-1 from 12 overs
Yuzvendra Chahal got a much-needed brakthrough for India as he removed Martin Guptill, who just fell short of a fifty.
New Zealand 104-0 from 11 overs
The Kiwis are cruising in this match, just like how the hosts outplayed the visitors in the first match. Colin Munro has brought up his fourth T20I fifty, as the Kiwis have gone past 100.
New Zealand 68-0 from 8 overs
The openers are cruising here. Will Martin Guptill and Colin Munro repeat what Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan did in the last match?
New Zealand 52-0 from 7 overs
THe Kiwis brought up their 50 comfortably, as they look towards a huge total.
New Zealand 41-0 from 5 overs
Yuzvendra Chahal was brought into the attack. However, introducing spin early in the match have not worked for India, as he concedes 17 runs. Good over for Kiwis.
New Zealand 24-0 from 4 overs
A good over by Jasprit Bumrah, as he just concedes three runs.
New Zealand 21-0 from 3 overs
After conceding five runs in his first over, Bhuvneshwar have gone for six runs in this over. This would not be the start which India would have wanted.
New Zealand 15-0 from 2 overs
Mohammed Siraj got his international career to a start, however he has already conceded 10 runs in his first over. Another good over for the Kiwis
New Zealand 5-0 from 1 over
Martin Guptill has already brought up the visitors' first boundary, as he hits one through square leg. A good over by Bhuvneshwar too.
New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first. For India, Mohammed Siraj is all set to make his international debut.
Here are the playing XI for both teams
IND XI: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, MS Dhoni, H Pandya, S Iyer, A Patel, B Kumar, M Siraj, Y Chahal, J Bumrah— BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2017
NZ XI: M Guptill, C Munro, K Williamson, T Bruce, G Phillips, H Nicholls, C de Grandhomme, M Santner, A Milne, I Sodhi, T Boult— BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2017
Rajkot: Virat Kohli-led Team India will hope to continue their domination when they face Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the second T20 here on Saturday, with an opportunity to seal the series 2-0.
The Men in Blue on Wednesday eased to a 53-run win against Kiwis in Ashish Nehra’s final game, where he finished with a spell of 0-29 from four overs.
For the hosts, it was the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who both scored 80, which set up Team India’s total of 202-3 from 20 overs. In reply, the hosts never gave room for the visitors to fight back as they finished at 149-8 from 20 overs.
The key men for India, in terms of bowlers, will be the spin duo of Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked up two wickets each in the last match, whereas the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya are also expected to retain their spot in the playing XI.
Kane Williamson’s men, however, will have a lot of questions to answer, especially after pacer Tim Southee failed to pick up any wickets for them in New Delhi T20.
In terms of their batting, Tom Latham (39) was the only batter who scored more than 30, with Williamson (28) and Mitchell Santner (27) giving the second best individual scores in the match, as the rest of the team failed to step up to the occasion.
Virat Kohli, meanwhile, could create more records, as he will become the first Indian and third overall to hit 200 fours in T20 cricket. Ahead of him in this list are Sri Lanka’s Tilakaratne Dilshan and Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad to hit 200 + fours in the shortest format.
With the series in sight, captain Kohli could also become the first Indian and eighth overall to complete 7000 T20 runs, if he scores at least 10 runs in the upcoming encounter.
The match will start at 1900 hrs IST.
Where to watch:
The match will be telecast on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1, whereas the match can also be streamed live on Hotstar.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wicketkeeper), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee....