Visitors need 159 runs to level series

Ross Houston
February 10, 2019

Unfortunately for the Kiwi contingent of the 36,961 fans at Eden Park, Rohit Sharma quickly put an end to those hopes, smacking 50 off 29 balls as he passed the injured Martin Guptill to become the highest run-scorer in twenty20 global history.

Just 29 runs came from the last four overs as India executed excellently at the death, and to win, the Black Caps needed to produce another brilliant start with the ball. The Indian side beat Kiwis in the 2 T20 to level 3-match T20 series 1-1.

While bowling, Krunal enhanced his already growing reputation as a steady short-format bowler with three important breakthroughs.

Rohit Sharma top-scored for the tourists with 50 as India chased down New Zealand's modest 159-run target in 18.5 overs, levelling the three-match series at 1-1.

"We perhaps missed a trick or two with the bat", New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said after his team laboured to 158 for eight in their 20 overs.

Daryl Mitchell's wicket caused controversy as he was given out despite DRS evidence suggesting he was not out.

It was a much-improved performance by the Indian bowlers with Bhuvneshwar Kumar removing Tim Seifert (12) in the third over inducing an inside edge to Dhoni behind the stumps.

On the fourth delivery of the 16th over, New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme smashed a Hardik Pandya delivery straight to Sharma in the cover region. Kiwis won the toss and made a decision to bat first only to face the attack of Krunal Pandya who dismissed the top order of the team Munro (12), skipper Kane Williamson (20) and Mitchell (1), while Bhuvaneshwar Kumar scalped the wicket of Seifert (12), as Kiwis were reeling at 4/50.

Probable playing XI for New Zealand: Tim Seifert (WK), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi.

Former India captain MS Dhoni played the role of mentor for his heir Rishabh Pant, who displayed impressive grit at the other end.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-79 (Rohit, 9.2), 2-88 (Dhawan, 10.5), 3-118 (Vijay, 13.4).

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