Beating New Zealand by 7 wickets, India levels the t-20 series by 1-1 on Auckland. Krunal Pandya had the man of the match for picking three vital wickets for India.
New Zealand Inning
Winning the toss New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson opted to bat first. But their openers, Tim Seifert and Colin Munro had only 15 runs before Bhubaneshwar Kumar sent Tim Seifert back to the pavilion. At 41 runs on the scoreboard, another opener Colin Munro also surrendered to Krunal Pandya.
Then Kiwi Captain Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell also trapped in lbw on Krunal Pandya’s delivery by 50 runs on the scoreboard. Then experienced Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme made 77 runs partnership and got an honorable score. Scoring 42 runs off 36 balls with 3 fours, Ross Taylor got a run-out.
Colin de Grandhomme scored a fifty from 28 balls with four and 4 sixes before Hardik Pandya made him a catch to Rohit Sharma. From 20 overs New Zealand reached 158 runs for 8 wickets. Krunal Pandya got 3 vital wickets and the man of the match title. Khaleel Ahmed got a couple of wickets and each Bhubaneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya had the rest for India.
To the average target of 159 runs India made 79 runs on opening partnership. Though Shikhar Dhawan got out by scoring 30 runs from 31 balls with a couple of fours Rohit Sharma got another fifty from only 29 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes. As Vijay Shankar made a storm of 14 runs of 8 balls with a four and a six.
But Rishab Pant and MS Dhoni reached the score spontaneously. Rishab Pant scored 40 runs from 28 balls with 4 fours and a six and Dhoni got 20 runs. Beating New Zealand by 7 wickets, India levels the t-20 series by 1-1. Each Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, and Daryl Mitchell got the wickets equally.
Man of the match
Krunal Pandya, “It felt really nice to contribute for the team. It’s always special when you contribute to a win. The dimensions are quite different from Wellington, the straight boundaries were short and I had to adjust my length to it. Looking forward to the decider in two days’ time.”
Rohit Sharma had a couple of milestones
By scoring another fifty on t-20 Rohit Sharma reached the most run scored on t-20 cricket crossing Martine Guptill. Being an owner of 2288 runs on t-20 Rohit Sharma belongs to the top on the list and Martine Guptill had 2272 runs as well.
Another milestone is Rohit Sharma become most match winner Captain leading 14 matches. As Rohit Sharma divides the honor with Michel Clark and Sharfaraz Ahmed with 12 matches.
Finally, Beating New Zealand by 7 wickets, India levels the t-20 series by 1-1. That makes the 3rd t-20 as unofficial final on Hamilton on the 10th February.