Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

New Zealand 158 for eight in second T20 against India

New Zealand 158 for eight in second T20 against India

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a quick start, with the former in particular looking in ominous form, hitting 3 fours and 4 sixes en route to his 16th half-century in T20I cricket.

The Indian team, led by stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, will look to bounce back and level the three-match series against New Zealand when they head into the second match at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday. Rohit Sharma (50) and Rishabh Pant (40) were among the runs as India chased down the required target of 159 with 7 balls to spare.

The second India vs New Zealand T20I is being telecast on Star Sports Network.

Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme made his first Twenty20 worldwide fifty.

In a must-win situation, India is likely to make some changes to the playing XI.

He himself would like to lead from the front after scoring 1 on Wednesday and a significant contribution will also be expected from Rishabh Pant, who is in the running for a World Cup berth. In reply, Dhoni top-scored for India with 39 runs as they were bundled out for 139.

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India were 50-0 at the end of the power play, with the Black Caps' three seamers - Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Tim Southee - all conceding plenty of runs. The turning point of the innings was Hardik Pandya dismissing de Grandhomme and the home team never recovered from that blow.

Krunal Pandya took three for 28 and Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures of two for 27 as the tourists prevented New Zealand from exploiting Eden Park's short boundaries.

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De Grandhomme miscued the ball straight to Rohit Sharma after reaching the milestone, ending a 77-run partnership with Ross Taylor which was the highlight of the New Zealand innings.

The equation had neared a run a ball when Vijay Shankar went for 14 off eight balls, caught in the deep of Daryl Mitchell's bowling, bringing India's closer, MS Dhoni to the crease amid a roar from the crowd.

The right-handed batsman, who became the leading run scorer in the format after slamming 50 runs in 29 balls in the 2nd T20I, further added that he is eagerly awaiting the final T20I which will take place on Sunday.

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