Colin Munro ton, Trent Boult 4-for floor India, New Zealand level T20 series
Colin Munro hits second T20 century for New Zealand before Trent Boult claims 4/34 to beat India by 40 runs at Rajkot. The three-game series is tied at 1-1Updated: Nov 04, 2017 23:12 IST
It was a day when everything went right for New Zealand as they recorded a convincing 40-run win over India in the second T20 on Saturday to level the three-match series. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20 - HIGHLIGHTS)
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss, and rightly opted to bat on a fresh wicket. The batsmen vindicated his decision by posting a huge total and the bowlers landed telling blows to keep the famed Indian batting line-up in check. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20 - SCORECARD)
The Kiwis posted 196/2 and restricted India to 156/7.
Left-handed opener Colin Munro was the batting hero with an unbeaten 109. His 105-run partnership for the first wicket with Martin Guptill (45) set the tone for day. Munro’s second T20 century came off 54 balls. His 58-ball innings included seven boundaries and as many sixes.
New Zealand’s confidence was boosted further when strike bowler Trent Boult dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in quick succession in the opening exchanges to break the back of India’s chase.
Boult had not done much on this tour but on Saturday he was all fired up and the Indian openers faced his wrath. First, he bowled Dhawan and then got Rohit caught behind to have Indian reeling at 11/2. The pressure was mounting on the incoming batsmen.
From that point, India were always chasing the match. With a huge total to chase, the rest had no option but to keep going for big hits to see India over the line, but they failed.
Shreyas Iyer (23) dazzled in his brief knock, but played a lose shot to perish. With run-rate mounting, skipper Virat Kohli (65) did hit a brisk half-century, his 18th in T20, but such was the control of New Zealand bowlers that he too couldn’t carry on till the end.
CAPTAIN’S KNOCK IN VAIN
Virat Kohli did become the second highest run-scorer in T20 with his half ton, overtaking Tillakaratne Dilshan. Only former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum is ahead of the India skipper.
While Boult did the damage at the top, spinners Ish Sodhi (1/25) and Mitchell Santner (1/31) made sure the India batsmen didn’t take them to the cleaners. They bowled slow, which helped extract turn and made sure the likes of Kohli, MS Dhoni (49) and Hardik Pandya (1) weren’t given many loose balls to get going. On the day, they were much better than the Indian spin duo of Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal.
It was a second good performance on the trot by Sodhi, who didn’t feature in the ODI series and came in only as an injury replacement. He bowled a tight spell in New Delhi as well. At Rajkot, Dhoni and Kohli found it difficult to get him away as he bowled intelligently.
In fielding too, New Zealand were much better than the hosts. The biggest benefactor of India’s below-par effort was Munro, who was dropped twice.
The series decider will be played at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. It will be the first international match to be held at the venue..
First Published: Nov 04, 2017 18:59 IST