In the form of his life, Suryakumar struck his second ton of the calendar year in challenging conditions to take India to 191 for 6. In reply, New Zealand failed to chase down the target, being bundled out for 126 in the 19th over. After the first match of the series was washed out in Wellington, a win has now ensured that India will not lose the T20I series.
Although it was a clinical demonstration Team India As they outplayed the hosts in all the three departments, the Kiwis had a few chances but failed to capitalize on them. Let’s take a look at the key moments of the second T20 match which India won brilliantly.
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Pant on top ‘no show’ With the weather conditions favoring the bowlers, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson had no hesitation in opting to bowl first after winning the toss. Shubman Gill is the captain in the team despite being in form hardik pandya And the team management decided to keep Rishabh Pant at the top of the order along with Ishan Kishan. But this step did not take place as per India’s expectation. Pacers Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Lockie Ferguson got off to a brisk start, not allowing India’s openers to score freely in the powerplay. Pant’s struggle (6 off 13) finally came to an end in the final over of the powerplay as India once again failed to capitalize on the fielding restrictions, scoring 42 runs in the first six overs.
Ishaan missed the start, Shreyas hit wicket – In the absence of Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav was promoted to the No.3 slot and he meant business. Surya steadied India with Ishan Kishan after Rishabh Pant departed inside the powerplay but a brilliant innings from Ishan (36 off 31) was brought to an end by Ish Sodhi in the 10th over. India were 75 for 2 at the halfway stage, with the Kiwi bowlers bowling well despite a rain break stopping the match for over 25 minutes. Shreyas Iyer’s return to international cricket was short lived as he was dismissed hit wicket for 13 runs in the 13th over as India looked for momentum.
Bright sky surprises Kiwis Although India lost Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer early in the middle overs, Suryakumar Yadav, who came inside the powerplay, was well settled till Shreyas came back in the 13th over. Surya then exploded and went on to fire the bowlers. With another hard-hitter Hardik Pandya at the other end, Surya had the license and took chances with both hands by taking the Kiwi bowlers to all corners of the park. Surya brought up his half-century in the 16th over off 32 balls and after that there was mayhem at the Bay Oval. As fours and sixes rained down, Surya brought up his hundred in the 19th over in the blink of an eye. With the dazzling century, Surya became the second Indian after Rohit Sharma to hit two centuries in a calendar year. With the help of 11 fours and 7 sixes and a strike rate of over 217, Surya’s unorthodox power-hitting powered India to a formidable total. While the rest of India’s batsmen combined for a 69-ball 69, Surya (111 not out off 51 balls) delivered the knockout punch to the Kiwis.
Uncontrollable powerplay chasing the target Still reeling from Suryakumar’s onslaught, New Zealand got off to a poor start chasing 192, losing Finn Allen on the second ball. New Zealand were on the backfoot from the start with scoreboard pressure and early wickets falling. The trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj bowled beautifully, not conceding easy boundaries as the Kiwis scored just 32 runs in the powerplay in a big chase.
spin show After a strong start by India’s pacers, the spinners took charge and continued to attack the Kiwi batsmen. The likes of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled brilliantly, restricting the Kiwi batsmen for runs. Hardik Pandya was not bowling due to neck strain Deepak Hooda An opportunity to show off your bowling skills. And Offie steps up in a big way, putting in an extraordinary performance. The spin trio shared 7 wickets between them as New Zealand’s chase got underway after the halfway mark. While Chahal got Kiwi big guns Glenn Phillips and James Neesham, Hooda (4/10) got rid of Daryl Mitchell and cleaned up the lower order to hand India a 65-run win.