Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Krunal Pandya destroys Kiwis, as India win second T20!

Krunal Pandya destroys Kiwis, as India win second T20!

India celebrate the fall of a wicket.

"DD News" is the News Channel of India's Public Service Broadcaster "Prasar Bharati".

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.

It was the kind of day when nothing went right for India who let New Zealand amass 219 before surrendering meekly in the steep chase.

From 50/4, New Zealand were revived by de Grandomme who opened his shoulders to strike Yuzvendra Chahal for a four and two sixes in three balls, each shot dripping with the force of a man on a mission.

He himself would like to lead from the front after scoring 1 on Wednesday and a significant contribution will also be expected from Rishabh Pant, who is in the running for a World Cup berth. Rohit with 2,288 runs, overtook Martin Guptill, who has 2,272 runs, to become the leading run-scorer in the shortest format of the game and broke several other records during his knock.

The decider of the series will be played in Wellington on Sunday. India would like to continue their unbeaten winning streak in T20Is. But Sodhi had the last laugh when Rohit -after completing his 16th T20I fifty - was holed out in the deep in the deep in the 10th over.

India performed well with the ball after New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat, taking early wickets then restricting the Black Caps with some tight bowling to close the innings.

Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over. Kane Williamson would want his batsman to show more composure on the pitch. They came into this game to win and that's what they ended the game with. New Zealand might be thinking of bringing James Neesham back in playing XI to increase their batting strength. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and no. 4 batsman Daryl Mitchell also failed to entertain the crowd as they were removed for 20 and 1 run respectively.

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