India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: India fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed seems to be on the right track and also looks to be growing with each game. A more confident Khaleel gave a ‘kiss’ send-off to Mitchell Santner after dismissing him. The wicket came in the last over of the Kiwi innings when Santner looked to throw the kitchen sink at a wide overpitched delivery from Khaleel. The southpaw only managed to find an inside edge and drag the ball onto his stumps. He departed for seven off eight balls. Khaleel, who must have been over the moon kept a lid on his emotions as he calmly gave a send-off. Khaleel bowled well as he conceded 27 runs from his stipulated four overs and scalped two wickets as well.
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Meanwhile, after the humiliation in Wellington, Team India produced a thoroughly clinical performance against New Zealand to level the three-match T20I series 1-1 in Auckland. Skipper Rohit Sharma scored a brisk 28-ball half-century to lead India’s chase of 159 in the second T20I. Rohit and opener Shikhar Dhawan added 79 for the first wicket before Rishabh Pant (40 not out) played an important knock to help India avenge the humiliation of Wellington.
This is also India’s first win in New Zealand in T20Is. They lost all the three T20Is which they played before in the Kiwi land. USA is the only country where they have not won a T20I match yet among countries in which they have played the shortest format.
“Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
“It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind.” The series decider will be played at Hamilton on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side,” Rohit said.