Saturday, 16 February, 2019

New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats

Rishabh Pant | Anil Kumble | Indian National Cricket team Rishabh Pant
Rita Gibson | 08 February, 2019, 13:13

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a quick start, with the former in particular looking in ominous form, hitting 3 fours and 4 sixes en route to his 16th half-century in T20I cricket.

India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: India opener Shikhar Dhawan took to Instagram and shared a story where fans can get a glimpse of how Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal are having fun with the southpaw's son Zoravar ahead of the crucial Auckland fixture.

# The two sides have walked down the crease for the national anthems! .

Earlier, Indian stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma had stated that India should have chased down the target with eight batsmen being in the Playing XI.

India's pacers also found swing with the old ball to make it more hard for the New Zealand batsmen.

Both sides are unchanged from Wellington, meaning Kuldeep Yadav continued to sit out with India fielding three allrounders in the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal - and Vijay Shankar.

The onus was now on Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant to finish the match.

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India and New Zealand face-off in the second T20 global. The turning point of the innings was Hardik Pandya dismissing de Grandhomme and the home team never recovered from that blow.

India's bowling attack was much improved and man-of-the-match Krunal Pandya took three for 28 as they restricted New Zealand to 158 for eight.

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.

Captain Kane Williamson could not be more happy with the showing in the first T20 but wants his team to fully focus on the job at hand.

The Black Caps, who thumped India by 80 runs in the series opener in Wellington, posted 158-8 with Colin de Grandhomme (50 off 28 balls) and Ross Taylor (42 off 36) sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 77 and Krunal bagging 3-28, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro his other scalps.

De Grandhomme's innings ended when he miscued the ball straight to Rohit Sharma just after completing the milestone.

The right-handed batsman, who became the leading run scorer in the format after slamming 50 runs in 29 balls in the 2nd T20I, further added that he is eagerly awaiting the final T20I which will take place on Sunday.

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