IND vs NZ 2nd T20I: India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

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IND vs NZ 2nd T20I: India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

Ranchi| India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in the second T20 match being played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Friday, thanks to a scintillating innings by KL Rahul (65). With this win, India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Batting first, Kiwi team scored 153 runs in 20 overs for the loss of six wickets. In response, the Indian team came out chasing the runs and completed the target by making 155 in 17.2 overs. For the team, opener captain Rohit Sharma and Rahul shared 117 runs in 80 balls. Captain Tim Southee took three wickets for New Zealand.

Chasing the target, the Indian team made a great start and scored 45 runs without any loss in the powerplay. During this, skipper Sharma and Rahul batted brilliantly and added runs at a brisk pace. Meanwhile, India’s score crossed 50 in the seventh over. At the same time, in the 10th over of Santner, captain Rohit hit two tremendous sixes, due to which the team’s score reached 79 runs.

During this, Rahul completed his fifty in 40 balls, taking India’s run to 100 in 11.2 overs. With this, the partnership of 100 runs in 70 balls between Captain Sharma and Rahul was completed. Nevertheless, both of them continued to bat with gusto and continued to dominate the Kiwi bowlers.

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But, in the 14th over, Rahul returned to the pavilion after scoring 65 runs in 49 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Venkatesh Iyer, who came to bat at number three, led the innings along with captain Sharma. Meanwhile, India needed 32 runs from 36 balls to win.

Meanwhile, skipper Sharma also hit a fifty in 35 balls with a six. But, after playing a wrong shot on the ball of captain Saudi, captain Sharma got out after scoring 55 runs in 36 balls with the help of one four and five sixes. Suryakumar Yadav, the hero of the last match, who came fourth, also became the victim of captain Saudi without opening the account.

Rishabh Pant and Iyer, who came at number five, together took India closer to victory. After this, Pant made 155 runs with 16 balls to spare, hitting two consecutive sixes. Pant and Iyer scored 12-12 unbeaten runs to guide India to victory.

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Earlier, the Kiwi team, who came out to bat, had a better start. Their openers batted brilliantly and took the team’s score past 50 in five overs. In this way, he added 64 for the loss of one wicket in the powerplay. During this, Martin Guptill returned to the pavilion after scoring 31 runs in 15 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.

Mark Chapman, who came at number three, along with Daryl Mitchell, took the innings forward, but Chapman (21) did not last long and was dismissed by Axar, leaving New Zealand 80 for the loss of two wickets in 10 overs. Scored up. Glenn Phillips, who came fourth, played with Mitchell in the middle overs. During this, the Indian bowlers did not allow the Kiwis to score runs at a fast pace.

Harshal Patel, who made his T20 debut, made Mitchell (31) his first victim. Tim Seifert, who came to bat at number five, took the team’s score forward with Phillips, taking the team’s score to 125 runs for the loss of three wickets in 15 overs. But, in the 16th over, Seifert scored 13 runs in 15 balls with the help of a four and gave Ashwin his wicket in the bag.

James Neesham, who came to bat in sixth position, supported Phillips, after which Phillips made some good shots. But, in the 17th over, Phillips was dismissed for 34 runs in 21 balls with the help of one four and three sixes. After this, the batsmen at number eight, Mitchell Santner and Neesham batted very slowly. At the same time, Bhuvneshwar walked Neesham (3) in the 18th over.

Along with this, thanks to the unbeaten runs of Santner (8) and Adam Milne (5), New Zealand’s score could reach 153 runs for the loss of six wickets. At the same time, Harshal Patel took two wickets for India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel and R Ashwin took a wicket each.

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