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Ind vs NZ 2nd T20: Colin Munro slams ton as New Zealand dominate

Published Nov 5, 2017, 3:59 am IST
Updated Nov 5, 2017, 4:09 am IST
New Zealand beat India by 40 runs to level the series 1-1.
Colin Munro en route to his century in the  second T20. (Photo: BCCI)
 Colin Munro en route to his century in the second T20. (Photo: BCCI)

Rajkot: Opener Colin Munro hammered an unbeaten 109 before bowlers straitjacketed the Indian batsmen as New Zealand outplayed the hosts by 40 runs in the second Twenty20 to level the three-match series, here on Saturday.

Left-handed Munro used his bat like a sledge-hammer, striking seven sixes and as many fours in his 58-balls knock to power New Zealand to an imposing 196 for two. Munro raised a 105-run partnership for the first wicket with Martin Guptill (45 off 41), setting the platform for a big total in their do-or-die match.


Top-order blows pegged India back with both the openers - Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Rohit Sharma (5) - sent back by paceman Trent Boult (4/34). Although captain Virat Kohli kept India?s hopes alive with a typically aggressive innings of 65, studded with a six and eight fours, the home team?s asking rate kept climbing steeply and in the end they fell well short.

The hosts ended at 156 for seven. The third and final match of the series will be played on November 7 at Thiruvananthapuram. India started the run-chase in disastrous fashion by losing in-form openers, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, in the second over to Boult.


The duo, who had made identical 80 runs in a record opening stand of 158 for a winning cause in the series opener at Delhi, were out to poor shots, Dhawan losing his stumps when playing across to the left arm pacer and Sharma hanging his bat out loosely to be caught behind.

Young Turk Shreyas Iyer, in only his second game for the country, started in an encouraging fashion by playing some excellent square of the wicket shots on the off-side for fours. With captain Virat Kohli, seen in superb touch again, Iyer stitched together a partnership of 54 runs, but then lost his wicket to a slog-sweep off centurion Munro who ran yards to his right to complete a good catch.


Kohli, who overtook his younger partner with a flurry of boundary hits comprising two fours and a six in the previous over from Santner, was left with the task of guiding India home. India lost the Hardik Pandya in the next over from Ish Sodhi who foxed the batsman with a googly and disturbed the stumps to leave the hosts at a precarious 67 for four.

At the halfway stage, India were 71 for 4, requiring 126 more to win the game and take a winning 2-0 lead in the series. Kohli, finding the gap to hit a four regularly, and his predecessor at the helm, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, kept India in sight of the target with a stand of 56 runs.    


New Zealand:
C. Munro (not out) 109, K. Williamson c Sharma b Mohammed Siraj 12, T. Bruce (not out) 18. Extras (lb 2, w 10) 12. Total (in 20 overs for 2 wickets) 196.
FoW: 1-105, 2-140.
Bowling: Kumar 4-0-29-0, Siraj 4-0-53-1, Bumrah 4-0-23-0, Chahal 4-0-36-1, Patel 3-0-39-0, Pandya 1-0-14-0.
India: R. Sharma c Phillips b Boult 5, S. Dhawan b Boult 1, S. Iyer c & b Munro 23, V. Kohli c Phillips b Santner 65, H. Pandya b Sodhi 1, M.S. Dhoni c Santner b Boult 49, A. Patel c Williamson b Boult 5, B. Kumar (not out) 2, J. Bumrah (not out) 1. Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 1) 4. Total (20 overs for seven wickets) 156.
1-6, 2-11, 3-65, 4-67, 5-123, 6-130, 7-154.
Bowling: Milne 4-0-30-0, Boult 4-0-34-4, Grandhomme 1-0-10-0, Santner 4-0-31-1, Sodhi 4-0-25-1, Munro 3-0-23-1.


Location: India, Gujarat, Rajkot