IndvsNZ 2nd T20I: Record-Setter Rohit Sharma Leads India To Win

IndvsNZ 2nd T20I: Record-Setter Rohit Sharma Leads India To Win

IndvsNZ 2nd T20I: Record-Setter Rohit Sharma Leads India To Win

New Delhi : After becoming the leading run-scorer in the T20 International cricket, Rohit Sharma led India from the front as they defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I at Eden Park. With this win, India has levelled the three-match series 1-1 on Friday. As India was chasing a target of 159, Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 40 with MS Dhoni not out on 20. With 50 runs, Colin de Grandhomme was the top scorer for New Zealand, who managed to score 158 for eight in their allotted 20 overs after opting to bat. 

Skipper Rohit Sharma had gave the Indian side a headstart after scoring a half century in 29 balls and his 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 master finisher of the game, MS Dhoni happily saw Pant control what could have been a tricky 159-run chase chase with an unbeaten 40 off 28 balls. 

The series is now tied 1-1 with the decider in Hamilton on Sunday.

Pant ended off the innings in style with one-handed six off Tim Southee on the bowler's back drive off Scott Kuggeleijn . He hit four boundaries and a six in all.

The flicked six off Kuggeleijn over backward square leg was treat for the eyes but their dismissal along with Vijay Shankar's did create a bit of unrest but Pant ensured that they didn't press the panic button. 

Earlier, Krunal enhanced his already growing reputation as a steady short format bowler with three important breakthroughs as India restricted New Zealand to a below-par total.

The parsimonious Krunal (3/28 in 4 overs) dismissed Colin Munro (12) and skipper Kane Williamson (20) to peg the Black Caps back early in the innings.

Daryl Mitchell's controversial wicket was claimed by Krunal. The batsman fell pray to an umpiring howler, when 'Hotspot' showed a clear inside edge onto the pads.

Playing from KKR in IPL, Colin de Grandhomme then counter-attacked, scoring a blistering 50 off 28 balls, adding 77 runs with Ross Taylor (42 off 36 balls) for the fifth wicket.

(With PTI inputs)