New Zealand Vs India second T20 match highlights:
- India defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets to level the three-match series at 1-1
- Restricting NZ to 158-8, India chased down the target at hand in 18.5 overs
- The win saw them record their first ever win in the country in four T20s and also become the side with the most number of wins while chasing
In the end, it was as easy as it could get for India in the second T20 against New Zealand. In what was a must-win encounter for them to keep the three-match series alive, India put on quite the show, trashing New Zealand comfortably by 7 wickets to not only level the series at 1-1 but also finally conquer a fort that was evading them for so long. The win saw them record their first ever win in the shortest format of the game in the country, an accomplishment that has taken 4 matches coming.
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In pristine form with both the bat and ball, India’s successful chase saw them become the most successful side in T20s when it comes to knocking over targets. With 37 wins to their name while going after targets from 56 matches that have seen them lose just 17 and draw a further 2, India took the first spot in a prestigious list to stamp their authority as one of the strongest sides in the world in the format ever since its inception.
Winning the toss, Kane Williamson opted to bat first in what was a little confounding decision to all of us. The women’s match held earlier had shown that bowling first on this wicket was a better option especially with the tinge of purchase available to the pacers in the early half and the small boundaries making chasing a much easier task. Williamson attributed his decision to wanting to set India a target and replicate the performance his side had meted out in the first T20.
Unfortunately for Williamson, the decision failed to pay dividends for his unit. With both sides approaching the match with the same line-ups, Bhuvneshwar took mantle to the new ball yet again for India, looking to strike early on and send packing the dangerous and dynamic opening duo of New Zealand.
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Ever since his first delivery, Bhuvneshwar had shown that it was going to be a match that he was going to flourish in. Getting the ball to move in the air, drifting in and out after hitting the pitch, he sent down some absolute scorchers to cramp up Munro and Seifert for the room. Seifert especially was dismayed by Bhuvneshwar’s marauding display, failing to get bat onto any of his balls, ultimately falling to him after a wild lash by him ended up finding the wicket-keeper.
Munro was soon to depart with New Zealand once again showing their weakness while facing spin. With just one over of the power play left, India decided to introduce spin in an over that saw them make massive strides in the match with two wickets. However, it wasn’t without massive controversy though with Mitchell having to walk back to the pavilion after a crass and horrid decision by the third umpire.
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Being given out for an LBW, Mitchell went for the review with reviews showing a massive edge before the ball went onto thud his pad. The decision was as simple as could be with everyone barring the third umpire clear that it was not out. Bizarrely, the original decision for out wasn’t overturned with New Zealand losing their third among massive outrage from the crowd at the derogatory call.
The hosts went onto lose their skipper soon next and with 4 wickets in quick succession, the scoreboard made for a poor reading from their perspective at 50-4. It was from there on though that New Zealand managed to dig their way back into the encounter with a stand that put on 77 in quick time as Grandhomme decided to make the most of the batting-friendly conditions, counterattacking India.
Unfortunately for the home side, that was the only bit of semblance in their innings with New Zealand struggling once the partnership was broken. They managed to get to 158 but it was a target India knew they had pulled back by at least a good 30 runs, seeing them go in quietly confident of winning the encounter.
Rohit Sharma led from the front for the Indians with an impressive half-century that saw India walk to a comfortable win. The knock came about ever so quickly, one that was laden with boundaries to take New Zealand out of the match. The middle-order followed up from the foundation given by the opening stand to ensure India never stumbled on their way to a clinical win.