New Zealand chooses to bat vs India in 2nd T20

Tammy Harvey
November 5, 2017

This match will be the decider for both the teams, one one India will like to clinch the series with the win while Kiwis will want to keep the series alive.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 196/2 (Colin Munro 109 no, Mohammed Siraj 1/53).

In reply, the hosts could only manage to post 156/7.

New Zealand opener Colin Munro, who nearly swung the decisive third and final ODI against India in Kanpur for his team, hammered a hundred in just 54 balls that included six fours and seven sixes in Rajkot on Saturday. India, on the other hand, will have to look back and admit that their batting failed today and stubborn performances by Kohli and Dhoni were never going to be enough chasing a total of 197.

And it proved to be so as Kohli stepped out to Santner for a mighty heave and edged to the New Zealand keeper and India's task became even more hard at 123 for 5 with 21 balls remaining.

"I mean I thought New Zealand were pretty good with the bat".

The 30-year-old opening batsman had to take a backseat as partner Martin Guptill went about attacking the Indian bowling attack in the initial overs.

The Indian bowlers did not exactly cover themselves in glory, with only debutant pacer Mohammed Siraj and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal bagged a wicket each.

None of the Indian bowlers, barring Jasprit Bumrah in his first spell, could contain the rampaging Munro. The bowler was taken for 16 runs in the eighth over of the innings.

With the victory in Rajkot, New Zealand returned to number one in the world rankings, after India's big win in the opening match had knocked them down a spot. He copped even more punishment in his second over with Munro smashing a couple of sixes.

It also helps that Guptill faces the first pill of the day. He continued to leak runs but finally had his revenge when Guptill was outfoxed by some extra bit of spin and was caught by Pandya at long off just five runs short of his half-century. Trent Boult struck twice in his first over to get rid of first Shikhar Dhawan and then Rohit Sharma cheaply. After the fall of Williamson, Munro found a right partner in Tom Bruce and they added 56 for the unbroken third wicket.

TV umpire: C Shamsuddin, India.

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