India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, level series 1-1

Tanya Simon
February 10, 2019

He surpassed Martin Guptill of New Zealand.

His team dominated New Zealand with bat and ball to avenge an 80-run loss in the opening fixture in Wellington - India's heaviest ever T20 defeat.

Sharma, who is standing in as captain while Virat Kohli is rested, had demanded greater consistency ahead of the match.

The parsimonious Krunal dismissed Colin Munro (12) and skipper Kane Williamson (20) to peg the Black Caps back early in the innings.

India had no such problem in reply, making a flying start with Sharma leading the way. Pant hit four boundaries and a six in all.

INDIA: Rohit Sharma c Southee b Sodhi 50 (29b, 3x4, 4x6), Shikhar Dhawan c de Grandhomme b Ferguson 30 (31b, 2x4), Rishabh Pant (not out) 40 (28b, 4x4, 1x6), Vijay Shankar c Southee b Mitchell 14 (8b, 1x4, 1x6), M.S. Dhoni (not out) 20 (17b, 1x4); Extras (lb-1, b-2, w-5): 8; Total (for three 18.5 overs): 162.

The final match of the series is at Hamilton on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma hit a 29-ball fifty setting up India's chase of 159 against New Zealand in the 2nd T20I as the visitors claimed a seven-wicket wicket victory at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday to level the three-match series 1-1.

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New Zealand, on the other hand, would not be happy with their inconsistent batting performances throughout the Indian series.

Indian bowler Krunal Pandya took 3, K Khaleel Ahmed scalped 2, while Bhuvenshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya picked up 1 wicket each.

The hosts were looking shaky at 50 for four before Colin de Grandhomme lifted the pace, hitting a maiden T20 half century off 27 balls that included four sixes.

Colin de Grandhomme, who has played for KKR in the IPL, then counter-attacked, scoring a blistering 50 off 28 balls, adding 77 runs with Ross Taylor (42, 36b) for the fifth wicket.

"As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen".

The second India vs New Zealand T20I is being telecast on Star Sports Network. They came into this game to win and that's what they ended the game with.

"It was a complete performance that doesn't happen everyday and hope we can keep the momentum through the series having set the tone", he said.

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