The summit clash of India and New Zealand will take place at the Seddon Park in Hamilton with the series perfectly poised at one apiece. Indian bowlers who had a miserable show in the opening game of the series made a terrific comeback in the second T20I by sustaining the hosts for 158 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs on a surface which was a batting paradise.
Bowlers made a remarkable comeback after the thrashing they faced in Wellington
Opting to bat first, the Blackcaps had a terrible start as both their openers were not allowed to score freely which eventually build pressure on them and the first wicket fell in the form of Tim Seifert who could only manage 12 runs to his name.
The Indian opening bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed kept bowling in the right areas which never allowed the hosts to score freely, and later on, it was Krunal Pandya who daunted the hosts even more by claiming 3 wickets for 28 runs from 4 overs.
Indian chase was led by the skipper himself
On a wicket which was favouring the run-scorers, India got off to a breezing start led by the skipper himself Rohit Sharma who crafted a magnificent 50 from 29 deliveries. His partner Shikhar Dhawan looked a bit rusty but was standing there with his skipper and the duo stitched a perfect 79 runs stand for the opening wicket.
The remaining formalities were completed by Rishabh Pant who remained unbeaten on 40 off 28 deliveries and MS Dhoni who carried his bat along with Pant for 20 runs as India won the match by 7 wickets and 7 balls to spare.
Where – Seddon Park, Hamilton
When – February 10, Sunday at 12:30 PM IST
New Zealand Squad:
Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya.
Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee. (Doubt: James Neesham)
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