India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: Was that the game-changing moment at Eden Park that eventually meant that India keeps the Kiwis down to a reasonable total? Knowing the danger Ross Taylor brings to the plate, hence the runout of Taylor could have made a difference to the eventual total of about 5-10 runs. Taylor was set and going great guns when he found himself short of his ground in the 19th over of the match. Taylor stroked a good 36-ball 42. It was Santner who played a shot towards long-on off Bhuvneshwar’s bowling where Shankar was positioned, he picked up the ball and got in a bullet throw which was aimed directly at the stumps. Bhuvi realising it is hitting the stumps did not collect it and the ball hit the stumps. Taylor was short of his ground. Rohit Sharma seemed to have known it was out straightaway.
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Dhoni, the original master finisher couldn’t have been happier as he saw Pant control what could have been a tricky 159-run chase with an unbeaten 40 off 28 balls. The series is now tied 1-1 with the decider in Hamilton on Sunday. With the former India captain (20 no off 17 balls) playing the role of a mentor at the other end, the 44-run stand was very significant as Indian cricket slowly moves towards a change of guard in coming days.
Earlier, Krunal enhanced his already growing reputation as a steady short format bowler with three important breakthroughs as India restricted New Zealand to a below-par 158/8. The parsimonious Krunal (3/28 in 4 overs) dismissed Colin Munro (12) and skipper Kane Williamson (20) to peg the Black Caps back early in the innings.
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.