India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Highlights: India have a win in T20Is in New Zealand. It was always going to be difficult for the Kiwis to defend this score of 158 on the small ground. And it proved to be exactly the same way here as the Indians have reached the target in a canter with 7 balls to spare. The chase started in a brilliant fashion for the Men in Blue when stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma smashed the bowlers to all parts in the Powerplay as his partner Shikhar Dhawan gave him good company. The Hitman reached his fifty and immediately fell but by that time, he had ensured that his team was in a very comfortable position. Dhawan and Shankar too fell in an attempt to finish things off quickly but that did not hamper the visitors as Dhoni joined forces with Pant and finished things off for the Indians.
HIGHLIGHTS IND vs NZ, 2ND T20I AT EDEN PARK
14.53 IST: Man of the Match, Krunal Pandya, says he feels nice to contribute to the team’s win. States that the dimensions of the ground are different to Wellington, so you have to adapt which he did. Adds that there’s everything to play for in Hamilton so is looking forward to it.
14.51 IST: FINALLY! India have a win in T20Is in New Zealand. It was always going to be difficult for the Kiwis to defend this score of 158 on the small ground. And it proved to be exactly the same way here as the Indians have reached the target in a canter with 7 balls to spare. The chase started in a brilliant fashion for the Men in Blue when stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma smashed the bowlers to all parts in the Powerplay as his partner Shikhar Dhawan gave him good company. The Hitman reached his fifty and immediately fell but by that time, he had ensured that his team was in a very comfortable position. Dhawan and Shankar too fell in an attempt to finish things off quickly but that did not hamper the visitors as Dhoni joined forces with Pant and finished things off for the Indians.
14.47 IST: FOUR! Pant finishes off in style. Hammered down the ground by Pant and that wraps things up for India. THEY WIN BY 7 WICKETS and keep the series alive at 1-1 as we go to Hamilton. India (162/3 in 18.5 overs) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1 at Eden Park. Rohit 50, Pant 40*, Mitchell 1/15
14.43 IST: Another good over for India, 8 from it. Ferguson comes from ’round the wicket and angles across a length ball outside off. Dhoni stays back and threads it through covers for another two. India 156/3 in 18 overs, need 3 runs to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
14.38 IST: SIX! You come into his arc, you go out of the park! A fuller length ball on middle and Pant just swings through the line, finishes with one hand off the handle. The ball still has enough to go over the deep mid-wicket fence. India 144/3 in 16.3 overs, need 15 runs to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
14.35 IST: It was very clever from the former skipper. Dhoni was charging down the ground to hit that one but Sodhi throws the ball flatter and well outside off to get the batsman stumped. Dhoni though adjusts as he puts his left hand out and keeps the ball out towards point. Picks up a single as well. IND 135/3 in 16 overs, need 24 runs to win vs NZ (158/8)
14.28 IST: FOUR! Dhoni starts with a boundary. Wrong line from Southee, short and around leg, Dhoni just turns inside the crease and pulls it fine down the leg side. The crowd certainly loved that. India 126/3 in 14.2 overs, need 33 runs to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
14.25 IST: OUT! Daryl Mitchell removes Vijay Shankar for 14. Shankar caught at the longer part of the boundary. That is the second time this innings that an Indian batsman has holed out to the pull at deep mid-wicket. A half-tracker from Daryl and it was a poor ball, should have been dispatched over the fence. Shankar looks to pull it away but the ball goes off the bottom of the bat and Tim Southee takes his second catch pretty easily. Shankar departs in a bid to score two sixes on the trot, India now need 41 runs in 38 balls. IND 118/3 in 13.4 overs, need 41 runs to win vs NZ (158/8)
14.23 IST: SIX! A low full toss smacked over long off for a six. Wow! Never mind the short boundary, that is a wonderful shot. Mitchell misses the yorker by some inches and Shankar lifts it on the full and deep over the long off boundary. India 118/2 in 12 overs, need 41 runs to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
14.20 IST: FOUR! Just out of the reach of Williamson who was running back and into the fence. A length ball outside off, Shankar sees mid off up and lifts the ball over his head. Kane tries to run back but the ball is just too far. Good effort though from the NZ skipper. IND 107/2 in 13 overs, need 52 runs to win vs NZ (158/8)
14.15 IST: FOUR! Smashed! A flighted ball well outside off, Pant does well to reach out and hit it wide of extra cover and well to the right of long off. No chance for the fielder, the timing was too good. India 97/2 in 12 overs, need 62 runs to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
14.08 IST: OUT! Ferguson removes Shikhar Dhawan for 30. Last time it was a 151 kph yorker which cleaned the southpaw and this time, Ferguson puts this one halfway down the pitch at 145 clicks, the ball rears up and Dhawan is in a poor position as he looks to pull. The ball takes the glove and goes high in the air but just to point where de Grandhomme settles under it and takes an easy catch. One has brought two. New Zealand need more of these though. 71 runs off 55 now. IND 88/2 in 11 overs, need 71 runs to win vs NZ (158/8)
14.00 IST: OUT! Ish Sodhi removes Rohit Sharma for 50. De Grandhomme for New Zealand and now Rohit for India. Both have fallen after reaching the 50-run mark. Now, Rohit gets out playing his favourite shot, the pull, once more. A short half-tracker from Sodhi, was meant to be hit but the ball climbed too high on Rohit who looked to pull it away. The ball gets him high on the bat and goes straight into the waiting hands of Southee at deep mid-wicket. New Zealand finally have the breakthrough they so badly needed. India 79/1 in 9.3 overs, need 80 runs to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
13.57 IST: FIFTY for ROHIT SHARMA! Flatter one on the pads, worked away for a single to mid-wicket. That is FIFTY FOR ROHIT! His 16th in T20Is. The last three international innings for him were 1, 2 and 7. He breaks the run and comes back to form in style. India 77/0 in 9 overs, need 82 runs to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
13.56 IST: SIX! Massive from Ro-hitman Sharma. He moves to 49 with that one. A flighted one on middle, Rohit comes down the track and lifts it straight back over the bowler. Goes into the sightscreen. IND 75/0 in 8.4 overs vs NZ (158/8)
13.51 IST: SIX! Rohit Sharma creates world record with a huge maximum off Ish Sodhi. He surpasses Martin Guptill, Shoaib Malik to become the highes run-getter in T20I cricket. India 62/0 in 7.2 overs, need 97 to win vs New Zealand (158/8)
13.39 IST: FOUR! Dhawan pulls it with utter disdain! As soon as Southee digs in a short ball around off, Dhawan is on top of the bounce in his stance. He then displays his power there by sending it to the deep mid-wicket fence in no time. IND 42/0 in 5 overs vs NZ (158/8)
13.35 IST: SIX! That is just the class of this man. A fuller length ball on the pads and it is just helped on its way by Rohit. The ball flies over the ropes in a canter. IND 31/0 in 2.1 overs, need 128 runs to win vs NZ (158/8)
13.34 IST: FOUR! This time the short length ball is pulled over mid on. Not entirely well-timed but the ball has enough on it to clear the fielder in the circle and go to the boundary on a couple of bounces. India 25/0 in 0.2 overs vs New Zealand (158/8)
13.29 IST: SIX! Welcome Lockie! Short of a length and Rohit is a compulsive puller. Dispatches this one over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. IND 16/0 in 2.1 overs, need 143 runs to win vs NZ (158/8)
13.21 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, this time Rohit slashes at it and gets the ball wide of point. Third man cannot come around to stop it in time. India are up and away. Lockie in the deep is seen feeling his ankle a bit after that failed chase. India 4/0 in 0.2 overs vs New Zealand (158/8)
13.20 IST: We are back for the chase. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open for India. Tim Southee with the brand new white ball for the hosts
13.11 IST: A very good bowling display from the Men in Blue. Questions were being asked of whether this attack could cope with the pressure, and it has responded beautifully, that too at a ground with relatively small boundary. They didn’t start off well, but got wickets in clumps and put the Kiwis on the back foot. Except for the Taylor-de Grandhomme partnership where some good, quick runs were scored, the Indians were always in control. Krunal finished with a 3-fer, as he derailed the top order, and the rest, barring Chahal, got themselves in the wickets column.
13.09 IST: OUT! India finish on a high, Tim Southee removes for 3. Khaleel finishes things off in good style. The cutter from the left-armer, on a back of a length. Southee backs away and looks to go big over the leg side. Is into the shot way too early and ends up missing it. The stumps are disturbed and with that, NEW ZEALAND FINISH ON 158/8! A brilliant last over from Khaleel, only 5 runs and 2 wickets off it in the end. He ends with amazing figures of 4-0-27-2. New Zealand 158/8 in 20 overs vs India. de Grandhomme 50, Krunal 3/28, Khaleel 2/27
13.04 IST: OUT! Bowled ’em! Khaleel removes Santner for 7. Fuller length delivery around off, Santner gets low and swings hard, but gets a big inside edge. It crashes into the stumps and that’s the end of him. He should have finished things off, could have proved to be all the difference. NZ 154/5 in 19.2 overs vs India
13.02 IST: OUT! RUN-OUT! Take a bow, Vijay Shankar. Direct hit and Taylor is out of here. Santner flicks it through wide mid-on and calls for the second. Shankar in the deep moves to his left, collects the ball and fires it at the bowler’s end. Scores a direct hit and Taylor is well out of the crease. Wasn’t expecting that to happen, nobody was to be honest. New Zealand 153/6 in 19 overs vs India
12.45 IST: OUT! Hardik Pandya removes Colin de Grandhomme for 50. Gone immediately after scoring a fifty. He’s played a good knock, but his team would have liked him to stay out there till the end. Full and around off, de Grandhomme looks to clear the cover region but doesn’t exactly get under the ball. Hands a sharp catch to Rohit Sharma at short extra cover and he doesn’t make a mess of it. The partnership of 77 comes to a close. NZ 127/5 in 15.4 overs vs India
12.43 IST: Maiden T20I fifty for Colin de Grandhomme! A fine knock so far from the all-rounder. He flicks this fullish ball on middle towards wide long on and takes off. Comes back for the second as the throw from DK in the deep is quite weak. NZ 127/4 in 15.4 overs vs IND
12.35 IST: FOUR! That’s clever. Innovative shot from Ross Taylor and he’s rewarded with a boundary. Premeditates it, it’s full around off, Taylor gets low and paddle sweeps it through backward square leg. The fielder in the deep moves to his right but can’t stop it. New Zealand 119/4 in 14.4 overs vs India
12.29 IST: FOUR! The 50-run stand is up, along with the 100 for New Zealand. This has been excellent work so far from this pair. Taylor gets forward and across to this full ball and paddles it fine down the leg side, beating the man in the deep. New Zealand 103/4 in 12.4 overs vs India
12.25 IST: SIX! BOOM! Two in two. Taking the attack to the Indian spinners. Hasn’t taken any risks at all too, all clean and safe hits. Full on the stumps, de Grandhomme clears his front leg out of the way and clears the long off fence with absolute ease.
12.23 IST: SIX! That’s gone a long way, into the second tier. Really finding his feet here, Colin de Grandhomme. Full on middle and leg, he just flicks it over mid-wicket but with a lot of power. Maximum! New Zealand 87/4 in 11.2 overs vs India
12.21 IST: SIX! Third boundary in three balls. This is good, attacking batting from de Grandhomme. Looped up and there for the batter to put this away. He smacks it flat down the ground and gets another biggie to his name. NZ 79/4 in 11 overs vs IND
12.19 IST: SIX! Right in the slot for de Grandhomme. That’ll give him a lot of confidence. Tossed up, Colin throws his front leg out of the way and goes dead straight. Hits it flat at the sightscreen and that’s a maximum. New Zealand 66/1 in 10.1 overs vs India
12.10 IST: OUT! Krunal Pandya picks up the big wicket of NZ captain Kane Williamson for 20. He gets his third of the game and it’s of the dangerous Kane Williamson. Bowls this with great pace, shorter in length and on the stumps, Williamson rocks back to pull but is done in by the pace. Is caught on the thigh pad and an appeal ensues. The finger goes up and the Kiwi skipper is out of here. No review left to save him either. NZ 51/4 in 8 overs vs IND
12.04 IST: OUT! Daryl Mitchell’s stay doesn’t last very long. He’s out of here. He can’t save himself, or the review. Strange, because there’s something seen on Hot Spot. Quicker delivery coming in with the arm, on middle, Mitchell looks to work it across the line but is caught on the pads. A loud shout goes up and the finger follows. Mitchell takes the DRS, it’s taken upstairs and replays roll in. Hot Spot shows there’s some bat involved, but it’s still taken forward. Williamson is baffled by the decision. There’s some commotion in the middle, but Daryl will have to walk back. A bit unfortunate, but those are the rules. He can’t stay back if he’s given out. New Zealand 43/3 in 6 overs vs India at Eden Park
12.01 IST: Review taken. Daryl Mitchell has been caught leg before and give out. He’s taken the DRS. Let’s see what happens here, looks plumb. Only some bat can save him. The Hot Spot, in fact, shows a spot but the Snicko ain’t detecting anything. The on-field call stays. Chris Brown lifts his finger again and Kane Williamson is furious, so is his partner. They are waiting. Some words getting exchanged between the Kiwi skipper and the Indian players.
11.57 IST: OUT! Krunal Pandya removes Colin Munro for 12. Munro departs, now both the openers are sent back. Krunal strikes almost immediately. Quicker through the air, in line of the stumps, Munro makes room and hammers it aerially to the covers. Straight to Rohit Sharma though at extra cover who takes a sharp catch. The Men in Blue starting this game better than the last one clearly. NZ 41/2 in 5.2 overs vs IND
11.56 IST: FOUR! Two boundaries from the over, 10 from the over. Nice use of the feet, second boundary of the over for Williamson. He never hits them too hard, all about the timing with him. Skips down the track and caresses the drive through the gap in the covers. New Zealand 40/1 in 5 overs vs India
11.51 IST: FOUR! 13 off the over, New Zealand’s best one yet. This is some excellent placement from the Kiwi skipper. Back of a length angling away from outside off, Williamson opens the face and punches it through point to find the fence. NZ 30/1 in 4 overs vs IND
11:48 IST: SIX!!! It was a perfect shot. Munro did not even move his front foot, he just went through the shot.
11:45 IST: Out! A short of a length delivery for Bhuvi perfectly traps Seifert (12) NZ: 16/1 after 2.3
11:36 IST: Three runs of the first over, it was testing over similar start to that in Wellington. NZ: 3/0 in 1 over
11:31 IST: Bhuvi has the new ball and we are ready…
11:28 IST: The national anthems are going on and there is a huge turn up at the Eden Park. We are building up to the first ball.
11:19 IST: Big night for Khaleel and Bhuvi, they would look to pick wickets in the powerplay.
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11:15 IST: How much can India restrict the Kiwis to? India would also hope Rohit Sharma comes to the party…
11:03 IST: Kiwis win the toss, opt to bat. Hosts go in with the same side. It is debatable if Shubman should have been given a go…
India (Playing XI): R Sharma, S Dhawan, V Shankar, R Pant, MS Dhoni, D Karthik, H Pandya, K Pandya, B Kumar, Y Chahal, K Ahmed
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tim Seifert(w), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
11:01 IST: It would also be interesting to see Shubman Gill gets to make his debut and if so whom does he replace?
10:58 IST: Rishabh Pant’s form has been a concern and he would hope to get among the runs.
10:51 IST: Will Khaleel be replaced by Kaul or Siraj? Will India bring in Kuldeep Yadav?
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the 2nd T20I. It is a must-win game for the Men in Blue and we are sure expecting changes in the Indian XI.
So, what are the possible changes India could incorporate?
India could replace Ahmed with either Siddharth Kaul or Mohammad Siraj, who warmed the bench on Wednesday. The spinners, Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal, did alright but the team management will also consider including chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.
The lack of fight in the run chase was a big disappointment, as mentioned by captain Rohit Sharma in Wellington. Despite having eight batsmen in the eleven, India lost by 80 runs. “As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which are why we play with eight batsmen. We believe that whatever the target is in front of us we can chase it down, but we just couldn’t do it tonight,” said a disappointed Rohit after the game.
New Zealand (From): Tim Seifert(w), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, James Neesham, Doug Bracewell
India (From): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni(w), Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Krunal Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj