India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: You must have seen the #MeToo posters during the 2nd T20I at Eden Park, Auckland and must have been surprised spotting a Kiwi holding it, did you realize what was the reason? Fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn was the reason and those posters were directed towards him. One of the posters said: “Wake up, NZ Cricket, #MeToo”. The bowler was accused of raping a woman in a Hamilton East flat on 17 May 2015. The case went to trial in 2016 where there was a hung jury, and again in 2017, where the jury declared him not guilty. The Kiwi also admitted to having committed the crime.
“I tried [having sex] twice like she might have said ‘no, no’ a few times, but it wasn’t dozens of times,” Kuggeleijn was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. He also said that he had apologized to the woman the next day.
“I heard you felt you couldn’t say no and were pressured into things. It’s pretty chilling to hear and think of myself in that kind of light, but looking back I was pretty persistent. I’m so so sorry and it has made me think about a few things. I hope you are OK and I’m sorry for the harm mentally I have caused you,” he reportedly said in court.
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. (Match Highlights – India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I)
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.