Ind vs NZ 2nd T20: Rohit Sharma scores 50 as India draw level

Rohit Sharma scores 50 as India draw level


The 2nd match of IND vs NZ T20 series was played in Auckland. New Zealand were clear favorites for the win but India made a great comeback to level the series 1-1. India performed brilliantly in both bowling and batting to get their first T20i win against New Zealand. Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed were their star performers in bowling while Rohit Sharma and Pant ensured to chase the target easily.

New Zealand Batting First

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Bhuvneshwar and Khaleel shared the new ball and they both teased the batsmen with their swing and beat the bat of Seifert repeatedly. But it wasn’t surprising as Eden Park always support the fast bowlers. India dropped the first blood when Seifert failed to repeat his heroics of the previous match and got out in the 3rd over. He smashed a four and a six before giving the edge on Kumar’s ball.

Colin Munro and Williamson tried to build a partnership but Krunal Pandya struck twice in the 6th over. There was also a controversial DRS decision given by the 3rd umpire which puts the DRS system in the spotlight again. Mitchell was given out LBW but the batsman took the review.

The hotspot shows that there is a clear edge but the 3rd umpire gave it out, believing that technology wasn’t conclusive enough in terms of an inside edge.

Krunal Pandya was on fire and soon picked up skipper Williamson’s wicket in the 8th over. Kiwis were on 51 for 4 in 8 overs.

Grandhomme and Taylor then added 77 runs for the 5th wicket. The partnership was finally broken in the 16th over when he drove one straight to Rohit at extra cover. He played a fiery inning of 50 runs off just 28 balls. Ross Taylor was unlucky to get run out but he played his part by scoring 42 runs off just 36 balls. New Zealand, in the end, managed to score 158 runs in 20 overs. Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed were the strike bowlers for India, picking up 3/28 and 2/27 respectively.

India Chasing the Target of 159

In response, India was off to a flying start with both Dhawan and Sharma adding 79 runs for the first wicket. Sodhi got the breakthrough finally in the 10th over, picking up Rohit Sharma’s wicket. He scored 50 off just 29 balls. In the process, he also became the leading run scorer in T20Is and also completed his 100 sixes in T20Is.

Shikar Dhawan also followed Rohit Sharma soon in the 11th over, scoring 30 off 31 balls. Ferguson got his wicket. But India never looked in trouble in chasing the target of 159. Shankar and Pant added 30 runs for the 3rd wicket before Shankar got out on just runs with help of 1 six and four.

MS Dhoni and Pant took the responsibility to guided India to victory. They added unbeaten 44 off 31 balls to the scoreboard and India achieved the target in the 19th over. MS Dhoni and Pant remain unbeaten on 20 and 40 respectively.

Rohit Sharma has now joined Micheal Clarke and Sarfraz Ahmed to win most T20Is matches after 14 games as a captain.

The 3rd and Final match of IND vs NZ series will be played on 10th February at Hamilton.

Picture Credit: ICC

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