Auckland, February 8: A clinical effort in every department helped India register a convincing 7-wicket win over New Zealand in the second T20I here at Eden Park on Friday (February 8). With this win, Rohit Sharma and his band have equalled the three-match series 1-1 to set a decider at Napier on February 10.
Chasing a below-par total of 159 on a surface where average first innings total stands 174, Men In Blue reached home in style with 7 balls to spare.
India were in control from the very start as captain Rohit Sharma and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan laid a solid foundation in the run chase. It was the 12th T20I win for Rohit Sharma after leading Team India in 14 games and equalling the record held by former Australia captain Michael Clarke.
Rohit slammed his career's 20th T20I half-century and went on becoming the leading run-scorer in the format, surpassing New Zealand opener Martin Guptill's record of 2271 runs. After getting dismissed for 50 off 29 balls, Rohit has now scored 2288 runs in the T20Is.
The Hitman hammered three boundaries and four maximums in this innings to get to 100 sixes in the T20Is. Shikhar Dhawan (30), Vijay Shankar (14) were the other two batsmen to be dismissed in the process while Rishabh Pant (40*) and MS Dhoni (20*) remained unbeaten as India reached home.
Krunal Pandya (3/28) was awarded the man of the match for his superb effort with the ball. The left-arm spinner rattled the New Zealand top-order with his spin and ensured the hosts were restricted to a 158/8 in 20 overs.
Pacers Khaleel Ahmed (2/27), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29) and Hardik Pandya (1/36) also bowled exceedingly well as they put up a clinical effort. Colin de Grandhommed played a brilliant knock of 50 off 28 deliveries and it was his blistering knock post halfway mark of the innings that helped the hosts post a decent total on the board.
Here's how the 2nd T20I panned out:
Rohit Sharma: Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. In the first game, we didn't execute the plans, we executed them here and got the reward for it.
Krunal Pandya has been named the man of the match for his superb bowling effort (3/28) which rattled the Kiwi top-order early on and ensured India had a below-par total to chase down.
Kane Williamson: I suppose the performance in Wellington was going to be difficult to replicate. We missed a trick or two with the bat. It was slightly more tricky to bat, but 20 more runs at the death would have been better.
It was a near perfect win for India after being badly bruised and battered in the previous game. It was 11th occasion when India came back strongly after suffering a defeat in the opening game and levelling a series.
Most wins as captain after 14 T20Is: 12 M Clarke/ Sarfraz Ahmed/ ROHIT SHARMA ** 11 Shoaib Malik/ Asghar Stanikzai 10 G Smith/ M Jayawardene
Four! Rishabh Pant hits the winning runs with MS Dhoni remaining unbeaten at the other end as India thump New Zealand by 7 wickets to square series off.
India - 156/3 after 18 overs. 3 needed from 12 balls now.
SIX! Sheer power. Pant clobbers it over the mid-wicket boundary for a one-handed maximum.
6 came from over #16 India are 135/3. 24 needed from 24 balls.
Dropped! Rishabh Pant gets a breather as Ross Taylor couldn't grab the ball running backwards. Sodhi had almost given India another jolt.
Four! MS Dhoni opens his account with a boundary as he hits Southee towards fine-leg.
India 122/3 after 14 overs. 37 needed from 36 deliveries.
Wicket! Vijay Shankar 14(8b) tries to clear Mitchell over mid-wicket for a maximum but there wasn't any pace in it and Tim Southee pouches it comfortably near the boundary. India - 118/3
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan (30) too follows his opening partner Rohit Sharma into the pavilion as he mistimes the bouncer from Ferguson to be caught by de Grandhomme. India - 88/2 now.
Wicket! Ish Sodhi gets the dangerman Rohit Sharma out for 50(29b). India lose their first wicket for 79 in 9.2 overs.
5⃣0⃣! Breezy half-century from Rohit Sharma off just 28 deliveries. What a fine knock this has been from the Indian skipper? India are 77/0 after 9. They are cruising in the run chase. #NZvIND
SIX!! Rohit Sharma pulls Ish Sodhi for a maximum and with that shot, the Hitman also becomes the highest run-scorer (2276*) in T20Is as he surpasses Martin Guptill of NZ.
Spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have been introduced by Kane Williamson with an aim to get the breakthrough and also put a brake on the flow of runs.
50 comes up for India in 6 overs. Solid start from the Indian openers in the run chase of 159. Both Rohit and Shikhar are hitting the ball nicely as they bring up yet another 50-stand between them. India - 50/0 after 6 overs.
Four! Rohit Sharma gets a boundary over square region off Ferguson. He's putting up a spectacle into the middle. He's now hit most boundaries 303* in T20I internationals.
4,0,4! Tim Southee returns for his second over and Dhawan welcomes him with a boundary over long-on. Flicks him towards mid-wicket for another boundary.
Four, SIX! Rohit Sharma hits Kuggeleijn for a boundary over long-on and flicks the next ball over fine-leg for a maximum. The Hitman looks in his zone. India are 33/0 after 4 overs.
11 runs came from the first over bowled by Lockie Ferguson. Rohit hammered first maximum of his innings in that over and India are 21/0 after 3 overs.
Just four runs came from that over bowled by Scott Kuggeleijn. India 10/0 after 2 overs.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan open innings for India in the run chase. Rohit welcomes Tim Southee with a classy boundary on the second ball of the innings.
Bowled! A wicket on the final ball of the innings. Khaleel cleans up Southee for 3 as NZ post 158/8 in 20 overs. Clinical bowling effort from Indian bowlers in this game.
Fine recovery by NZ aftwr a sputtering start, but would have wanted 15-20 runs more after Grandhomme’s blitzing innings. India terrific in death overs. And in curbing Williamson yet again— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 8, 2019
Wicket! Khaleel Ahmed clean bowls Mitchell Santner for 7. NZ are 154/7 in 19.2 overs.
Khaleel bowls the final over and Hardik Pandya drops a catch in the deep.
Run Out! A direct hit from Vijay Shankar ends Ross Taylor's innings for 42. New Zealand 153/6 in 19 overs.
NZ are 145/5 after 18 overs. Bhuvneshwar bowls the 19th over, his last over of the innings.
After 17 overs, New Zealand are 136/5. Some recovery from India off that over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he conceded just 7 from it. 33 runs came from last 4 overs and just one wicket was lost.
Big Wicket! Colin de Grandhomme (50 off 28b) - the dangerman - departs after completing his half-century. Hardik Pandya gets the breakthrough. NZ - 127/5
50 partnership between Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor off just 30 deliveries and NZ have reached 105/4 in 13 overs
The debate over DRS controversy is here to stay. This is what Zaheer Khan had to say.
On #CricbuzzCommBox @ImZaheer makes a valid point about the 3rd umpire needing to have overwhelming evidence to over-rule the on-field umpire. Question is: if one mechanism is at conflict with the other, does he have overwhelming evidence to go against the on-field umpire.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 8, 2019
Two big overs from New Zealand's point of view! 19 came from 11th & 18 came from the 12th. Colin de Grandhomme has eased the pressure off. NZ are 97/4.
SIX, SIX! Back-to-back sixes from Colin de Grandhomme against Krunal. He's moved on to 36 off 13 deliveries. This is just the kind of innings the hosts were looking for.
6,4,6! Colin de Grandhomme has decided to go all guns blazing against his RCB teammate Chahal. 19 runs came from that over bowled by Chahal and NZ are 79/4 after 11 overs.
10 overs have been bowled and New Zealand are 60/4. Just four runs came from the third over bowled by Krunal. Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor would have to play a big knock.
Wicket! Make that three in two overs for Krunal. He strikes again traps the big fish of Kane Williamson (20) with a quick arm-ball in front. NZ - 50/4 in 7.5 overs
Wicket! Krunal Pandya strikes twice in the over and he traps Daryl Mitchell (1) in front. He goes upstairs and the third umpire rules in favour of the umpire. But Williamson isn't happy the third umpire's decision. A lot of confusion into the middle as Mitchell claimed it was an inside edge but the snicko showed no spike even as the hot-spot was showing some sort of contact with the bat. NZ - 43/3 in 6 overs.
Once the DRS messed it up there was no solution other than asking the batsman to leave. The 3rd umpire has preferred snicko over hot spot. We haven't heard the last of this.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 8, 2019
Wicket! Krunal Pandya strikes twice in the over and he traps Daryl Mitchell (1) in front. He goes upstairs and the third umpire rules in favour of the umpire. But Williamson isn't happy the third umpire's decision. NZ - 43/3 in 6 overs.
Wicket! Krunal Pandya bowls the final over of the powerplay and gets the big wicket of Colin Munro. Munro gives a simple catch to Rohit at cover. NZ - 41/2 after 5.2 overs.
Hardik Pandya has been introduced in the attack in the 5th over and Kane Williamson gets two brilliant boundaries from it. 10 runs came from the 5th over. New Zealand are 40/1 after 5 overs.
13 runs came from the second over bowled by Khaleel Ahmed. Munro hammered him for a maximum, while Williamson got a classy boundary. NZ - 30/1 after 4 overs.
Wicket! Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back strongly after being hit for a four and a six on the first two deliveries. He gets the prized wicket of Tim Seifert (12). Seifert edged the pacer and MS Dhoni pouched a simple catch behind the stumps. NZ - 15/1 after 2.3 overs.
Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed bowls from the other end. He's also looking disciplined today. He's not trying the short-pitched deliveries which were bowled quite often in the previous game. Just two came from the second over and NZ are 5/0 after 2 overs.
Tidy start from Bhuvneshwar as he concedes just 3 from the first over. He's getting the conventional swing from the pitch. NZ - 3/0 after 1 over.
New Zealand openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro are out into the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts with the new ball.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tim Seifert(wk), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed.
Rohit Sharma: We were looking to bowl first anyway. I know we lost the last game, but chasing has been our strength. We have spoken about what we need to do with bat and ball. Hopefully we can get a win today. We just need to do the right things and do them consistently. We discussed what went wrong in the last game. Hopefully we won't repeat them. We are playing the same team. I know there will be a lot of talk about Krunal and Kuldeep. Kuldeep has been brilliant for us. It's just that we want to see other guys as well, especially in overseas conditions. Having one bad game doesn't say anything. We need to give them more games to understand what they have in them.
Kane Williamson: We are going to bat. Usually a good batting surface here. It's always a great opportunity to play against India. Same team for us today.
Captain Kane Williamson has won the toss and elected to bat first.