Friday, May 24, 2019 | ePaper

India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Krunal Pandya, Rohit Sharma bring India back on level terms

  • Print


Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya proved that he is a quick learner as he turned his performance around in just two days time to return match-winning figures for the team in the second T20 international against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Frida

Agency :
A clinical India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20 International (T20I) on Friday. With this victory, India are now back on level terms at 1-1 in the three-match series. Krunal Pandya's three-for and skipper Rohit Sharma's blistering fifty spurred the men in blue to a convincing win at the Eden Park, Auckland.
The chase was set up by skipper Rohit Sharma (50 off 29 balls) in company of Shikhar Dhawan (30, 31 balls) with a 79-run stand. With whirlwind fifty, Rohit also became the top run-getter in the format, surpassing Martin Guptill. The finishing touches were applied by Rishabh Pant (40 off 28 balls) as veteran MS Dhoni watched from the other end.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first but Krunal's early blows inside the Powerplay overs, which included two important wickets, restricted New Zealand to 158/8. Chasing under lights India romped home comfortably with seven wickets in hand.
Krunal (3/28 in 4 overs) dismissed Colin Munro (12) and skipper Kane Williamson (20) to peg back the Black Caps.
Krunal also got the controversial wicket of Daryl Mitchell (1), who fell pray to an umpiring howler, when 'Hotspot' showed a clear inside edge onto the pads.
However, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme played a counter-attacking innings (50 off 28 balls) and added 77 runs with Ross Taylor (42 off 36 balls) for the fifth wicket. But once De Grandhomme and Taylor were back in the dug out, New Zealand lost momentum and ultimately folded for 158.
Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29 in 4 overs) and Khaleel Ahmed (2/27) also came up with a much-improved performance. India bowled 35 dot balls, wherein 18 were delivered between Khaleel and Bhuvneshwar.
159 became a straightforward chase, once Rohit Sharma got into his groove early on. His 29-ball 50 set up the platform from where Rishabh Pant took over. Pant displayed brute force scoring a quickfire 40 as the calm head in MS Dhoni guided India past the finishing line.

More News For this Category

Afif gets CPL gig

Afif gets CPL gig

Bangladesh's young all-rounder Afif Hossain gets a chance to shine in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as St Kits and Nevis acquired him from the draft on Wednesday.The 19 years

Sachin reveals ideal batting position for MS Dhoni

Sachin reveals ideal batting position for MS Dhoni

A long has been said about MS Dhoni's future considering his recent form. MS Dhoni has ensured to make his presence count on the pitch over the years and his

I am  hungrier than ever before: Amla

I am hungrier than ever before: Amla

The last 18 months haven't been great for South Africa veteran Hashim Amla but the 36-year-old is claiming that he is hungrier than ever before to step out on the

T20 kings West Indies seek to make fresh World Cup mark

T20 kings West Indies seek to make fresh World Cup mark

Can the West Indies take the form that has made them such a potent force in Twenty20 cricket into the World Cup?That is the question confronting Jason Holder's side as

BCL season ends today

Feni Soccer Club take on Bangladesh Police Football Club in the season ending match of Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) Football scheduled to be held today (Friday) at the Bangabandhu National

Shakib grabs top spot in ODI all-rounders’ ranking

Shakib grabs top spot in ODI all-rounders’ ranking

Bangladesh stalwart Shakib Al Hasan grabbed the top spot of ODI all-rounder again.As per the latest ranking update by ICC, Shakib is now number one all-rounder in ODI cricket. He

Mashrafe leaves Dhaka to join team in England

Mashrafe leaves Dhaka to join team in England

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza left Dhaka on Wednesday to join Bangladesh team in England.He came to the country for a short break after his side's epic success in tri-series tournament

Morgan has 'no regrets' as England go in search of World Cup glory

Morgan has 'no regrets' as England go in search of World Cup glory

England captain Eoin Morgan believes the tournament hosts have done everything they possibly could to get themselves ready for a tilt at the World Cup.One-day cricket has long been the

Kohli's India boast firepower to make World Cup charge

Kohli's India boast firepower to make World Cup charge

AFP, New Delhi :India boast the game's undoubted superstar batsman in Virat Kohli but their bowling attack could hold the key to their hopes of World Cup glory. Despite their

Bangladesh to stick to original 15-member WC squad

Bangladesh would stick to their original 15-member World Cup (WC) squad as the team management is pleased with the performances of the players in the recently concluded Tri-Nation Series in