India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: Rishabh Pant’s one-handed six over deep mid-wicket at Eden Park during the 2nd T20I left Tim Southee in utter disbelief. Off the very next ball, Pant hit a boundary straight back down the ground to take India over the line. The one-handed six is something he has showcased in the past and is not something new in his repertoire. The two shots garnered applause for the pint-sized dynamo who remained unbeaten on 40 off 28 balls. His innings was laced with four fours and a solitary six of Southee.
Here is the video of the shot Pant played in the 19th over:
Meanwhile, the Men in Blue won by seven wickets at Eden Park to level the series at 1-1. 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.
The last T20I is slated to take place on February 10 at Hamilton and it would be interesting to see if India look to make any changes to the winning combination at Hamilton for the decider.
“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.