With India winning the second T20I at Auckland by 7 wickets, the final game at Hammilton now becomes the series decider as to where the prized trophy heads. Kiwis wrist spinner Ish Sodhi opinionated on the second T20I, in the post match conference by stating that his side was at least short of 20 odd runs.
“In T20 Cricket these days, especially in grounds like Eden Park, the total needs to be above par. I think we were 20 runs below par tonight,” Sodhi said.
“Since the 1st innings total was below par, it was required of us to take wickets at the top during the powerplay. But India played a very measured Powerplay and we didn’t get wickets, that set them out for the middle[overs],” he further added.
Sodhi also shared that after getting the big wicket of Rohit Sharma who was looking as solid as ever on 50, the wrist spinner eyed a few more wickets to rip through the middle order in order to bring New Zealand back into the game. But unfortunately, for the hosts it wasn’t to be as Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, and MS Dhoni did the rest by finishing the game off in favor of the men in blue.
“T20 Cricket is such that if you’re getting wickets, you’re always in the game. After getting Rohit out, I expected to take a couple of more wickets,” said the leg spinner.
The third and final T20I will be played at Hamilton on February 10, as Sodhi and his side look to end the campaign on a high.
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