December 6, 2021

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2nd T20I: Dominant India pocket series against New Zealand

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2nd T20I: Dominant India pocket series against New Zealand
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2nd T20I: Dominant India pocket series against New Zealand

Harshal, openers shine as Men In Blue romp home to 7-wicket win in second T20I
RANCHI: Soon after winning his second consecutive toss, India’s T20 captain Rohit Sharma didn’t have any hesitation in asking New Zealand to bat. At a venue where dew starts falling quite early after sunset, that was a wise and automatic choice. Rohit was helped by his bowlers, who made a superb comeback after the Powerplay to restrict New Zealand to a modest total. Debutant Harshal Patel being the pick of the pack.
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Rohit also made it clear with the toss that chasing is always better in this format, especially where dew is likely to play an important factor. He was proved right as India chased 154 with ease to win the second T20 International here at JSCA International Stadium on Friday. The victory meant India clinched the three-match series before the third T20I in Kolkata. It was the first series win under the new Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid captain-coach partnership.
Having restricted the Kiwis to a modest 153/6 due to some excellent bowling display by Harshal Patel (2-25) and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, India struck down the target with 16 balls to spare, reaching 155/3 – thereby winning the match by 7 wickets.

2nd T20I: Dominant India pocket series against New Zealand

Rohit continued his run scoring form, smashing 55 off 36 balls (1 four, 5 sixes), and shared a 117-run opening stand with KL Rahul, who was the top-scorer of the match with a fluent 65 off 49 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes). Rohit and Rahul started cautiously, as India reached 45 without loss at the end of the Powerplay – 19 runs behind New Zealand at the same stage. Even the next three overs went boundary-less.
But Rohit took off in the 10th over, hitting left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner twice over the boundary ropes. In the same over, Rohit went for a slog sweep only to miscue a tossed up delivery, but Trent Boult made a mess of the resulting catch and gave his Mumbai Indians skipper a reprieve.
Next over, it was time for KL Rahul to bring up his fifty, as he hit a four and six off Adam Milne. By the time Rohit and Rahul went back to the pavilion, much of the job was completed. Suryakumar Yadav lasted only two balls, but Rishabh Pant showed his flamboyance to finish off the game with two sixes in front of a jam-packed stadium at Mahendra Singh Dhoni‘s homeground.

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In bowling, Harshal Patel did the star turn. Had it not been for an injured left-hand of Mohammed Siraj, Harshal could’ve had to wait longer for his debut. The RCB bowler’s standout performance in the middle as well as the death overs, coupled with in-form Ashwin’s miserly 1-19 and Axar Patel’s 1-26, helped India restrict New Zealand after the visitors had raced to 64/1 in the Powerplay.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-39) and Deepak Chahar (1-42) were expensive but India did well to stifle the Kiwis with wickets at regular intervals.

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