New Delhi: New Zealand are back to the top of the ICC International T20 rankings after winning the second of the three games of the series against India in Rajkot on Saturday. New Zealand registered a convincing win by 40 runs to return to the top spot after they were recently displaced by Pakistan in the rankings. The series against India meanwhile is still in balance as India had won the first game in Delhi by 53 runs.
Talking about the second game, opting to bat first on winning the toss, the visitors rode on an unbeaten quickfire century by opener Colin Munro to post 196/2 in their allotted 20 overs. Munro batted through the innings, smashing 109 runs off 58 deliveries. This is his second century in 34 T20Is. He also became the fourth batsman to score two centuries in T20Is.
As far as the reply went, the hosts could only manage to post 156/7. Fast bowler Trent Boult was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of 4/33. Chasing a stiff target, India suffered a big setback in the second over of their innings when Boult sent back openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.
Then in an attempt to move forward, India captain Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to stem the rot with a 56-run partnership, but Mitchell Santner however, put an end to their chances when Kohli stepped out of his crease, only to hand an easy edge to New Zealand wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips. (With IANS inputs)