New Zealand 158 for eight in second T20 against India

Ruben Hill
February 9, 2019

Daryl Mitchell's debatable dismissal via review was a big talking point from the Eden Park encounter, but it turned out not to be a defining moment, as India cruised to a seven-wicket win to level the series. His counterpart Colin Munro also showed the back for 12 runs.

Rohit made a whirlwind fifty off 29 balls.

Rohit Sharma led the charge scoring 50 off 29 balls and passing Martin Guptill to become the highest run scorer in global T20s. "It was slightly more tricky to bat, but 20 more runs at the death would have been better", said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Replays soon showed a white blot on HotSpot as the ball passed the bat, suggesting an inside edge.

A terrific direct hit from the deep by Vijay Shankar ran out Taylor for 42 off the last ball of the 19th over to add to India's excellent effort in the field.

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.

It was a much-improved performance by the Indian bowlers with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29 in 4 overs) removing Tim Seifert (12) in the very third over with a fuller delivery, inducing an inside edge to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps.

However, it was Krunal, who really applied the brakes after being brought in inside the Power Play overs.

Both Munro and Williamson got skidders. Kiwis won the toss and chose 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. Total (for eight 20 overs): 158.

Krunal Pandya took three for 28 and Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures of two for 27 as the tourists prevented New Zealand from exploiting Eden Park's short boundaries.

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

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