So the second T20I between New Zealand and India has come to a halt, and it’s Rohit Sharma’s army who has prevailed as the victorious side, as they continue to fight for yet another piece of silverware with one final game to be played.
It looked like the Indian bowlers were in with a plan, with the way they bowled to the batsmen’s weaknesses, through sheer consistency in bowling a tight line and length. Krunal Pandya’s spell of 3 for 28 in his 4 over spell was pivotal for the visitors as he scalped the big wickets of Colin Munro, Darren Mitchell, and the skipper himself – Kane Williamson.
Khaleel Ahmed too chipped in with 2 wickets in the final over, while being accompanied by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Hardik Pandya who picked a wicket a piece, as they restricted the Kiwis to a moderate 158.
Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan gave the ideal start for the men in blue as they accumulated a 79 run stand, with the ‘Hit-Man,’ going all out attack through his blazy knock of 50 from 29 deliveries, while Shilkhar Dhawan anchored the innings with a well made 30 of 31.
Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi did show up a fight by restricting a few runs, but Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni were in no mood of surprises as they finished the game in India’s favor with knock of 40 (28)* and a 20 (17)* respectively. Krunal Pandya’s brilliance with the ball rightfully awarded him the ‘Player of the match award,’ as team India look to ensure their authority in the third and final T20I as well, which is to be played on February 10.
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