Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

NZ vs Ind T20 match: Rohit and Krunal help India level series

NZ vs Ind T20 match: Rohit and Krunal help India level series

India on Friday bounced back with a clinical performance in the second T20 worldwide against New Zealand and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said it was a result of quickly learning from their mistakes.

India openers Rohit Sharma (50 off 29) and Shikhar Dhawan (30 off 31) broke the back of the chase with a stand of 79 and the tourists coasted home with seven balls to spare to make Sunday's final fixture a decider. Team India, who was outclassed by the BlackCaps in the 1st T20i by a huge margin of 80 runs, today avenged the last match defeat and revoked the chances of winning the short over format series.

His bowlers responded with early wickets as man-of-the-match Krunal Pandya took three for 28 and India restricted New Zealand to 158 for eight.

India's Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the second Twenty20 worldwide cricket match between New Zealand and India in Auckland on 8 February 2019.

Rohit Sharma who became the highest run scorer in the history of T20s during last game would like to win the series and add to his impressive tally of wins as skipper of team India.

His dismissal reduced the Black Caps to 43 for three, after neither Tim Seifert nor Colin Munro could repeat their performances from Wellington, and Williamson soon followed, also trapped lbw by Pandya - though there was no doubt with his departure.

But then experienced Ross Taylor (42) and Colin de Grandhomme (50) hold the fort and took helped their side to set a respectable total of 158 runs.

The second T20I at Eden Park in Auckland witnessed a historic moment when Rishab Pant hit a boundary in the 19th over of India's innings. The batsman hit a boundary and a six but fell caught behind the very next ball. It remains to be seen if he gets another shot at the same position or the team brings in Shubman Gill, who would be desperate to perform after the two failures in ODIs. In both the games, Kane Williamson's led team has batted first and tried to put up a big score.

"That doesn't happen every day but hopefully we can keep making strides in that direction", he said. However, his captaincy and positive attitude have impressed one and all.

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