India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in the 2nd T20 played at the Eden Park. It was a comfortable win for India. The Indian openers started the run-chase very well and in the end, the veteran MS Dhoni was there to finish the match. After winning the toss, New Zealand batted first and they had put up a fighting total of 158 runs on the board. Krunal Pandya was the man of the match as he picked up 3 wickets in his quota of 4 overs. The Indian bowlers bowled much better than the previous game and picked wickets at regular intervals. It was seen that the Indian batters played very smartly and didn’t give many chances to the Kiwis.
De Grandhomme’s maiden fifty goes in vain
New Zealand didn’t start their innings well as their openers got out cheaply. Tom Seifert, the in-form batsman got out on just 12 by nicking a ball to the great MS Dhoni. Rohit Sharma, the skipper took a brilliant catch to dismiss Colin Munro in the last over of the powerplay. There was a little bit of drama in the 6th over of New Zealand innings. Daryl Mitchell was given lbw off a ball bowled by Krunal Pandya. However, the replays on the big screen showed a clear inside edge before the ball touched the pads. The 3rd umpire still gave the decision as out. Kane Williamson, the Kiwis skipper showed a gesture of dissatisfaction when the same decision was made. It has surely become a controversial dismissal. Williamson was the next prey of Krunal as he got out by lbw on 20.
There was a huge partnership of 77 runs between Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor which brought them back in the game. De Grandhomme scored his maiden fifty in the T20 internationals in just 27 balls. He started to attack the Indian bowlers. He got out by giving a simple catch to Rohit off a ball bowled by Hardik Pandya. Ross Taylor played good innings of 42 but couldn’t end the innings on a high note. He was run out by a terrific throw from Vijay Shankar. Khaleel Ahmed took 2 wickets in his 4 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya took 1 wicket each. Krunal Pandya was the pick of the bowlers as he ended up with 3 wickets in his account. Yuzvendra Chahal went wicketless and was expensive too.
Rohit plays a captain’s knock
The Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started off the innings very aggressively. They took the attack to the Kiwis. Rohit Sharma was playing big shots and Dhawan was playing a supporting hand. Rohit brought up his half century in just 28 balls. He also achieved another great feat as he now has the most runs in T20 Internationals. He got out on 50 by giving a simple catch to Tim Southee at deep midwicket. This was the solitary wicket of Ish Sodhi. After Rohit, Dhawan departed too early by getting caught by De Grandhomme on 30. Vijay Shankar played a couple of magnificent shots but couldn’t hang on and got out on just 14. Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni finished the game and they brought India over the line. Pant and Dhoni were not out on 40 and 20 respectively. The Kiwi bowlers tried very hard but the target was too small for them to defend.
The series is now leveled at 1-1. The last T20 International will surely be a thriller one which will be played at Hamilton. It will surely be an action-packed match on 10 February.