New Zealand chooses to bat vs India in 2nd T20

Casey Dawson
November 5, 2017

New Zealand have won the toss and asked India to field first in the series-deciding second T20I against New Zealand here at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday.

Some fine hitting from Colin Munro and a brilliant opening over by Trent Boult have helped steer the Black Caps to a series-tying win against India in this morning's T20 match in Rajkot. India are coming into the match with one change in their playing XI with pacer Mohammed Siraj comes in place of Nehra. For India, Mohammed Siraj is all set to make his worldwide debut.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Twenty20 global between India and New Zealand at Rajkot.

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While Munro scored runs in an aggressive manner, he also rode a bit on his luck as the left-hander was dropped twice and survived a run-out chance but capitalised on the chances given to him well to score his second T20I ton. Dhawan and Sharma put on a record 158-run partnership that went into the 16th over to ensure that India ended up with a plus-200 total despite a brief wobble towards the end.

India's reply got off to a contrasting start with the hosts losing both their openers inside the first two overs of their innings.

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Siraj had been handed his maiden India cap following impressive showings in the Ranji Trophy, IPL and with India A. His blistering knock ensured New Zealand post a huge total of 196 runs with a loss two wickets on the board after 20 overs.

Boult dismissed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as NZ earned a 40-run win. Shreyas Iyer initially attacked the kiwi bowlers but then slowed down the pace of his innings as it seemed he was trying to hit every ball out of the park.

Chahal was surprisingly willing to give the ball a lot of air on a flat pitch and got the treatment his deliveries deserved while Patel was blown away by Munro's extraordinary power.

Skipper Virat Kohli requires 12 runs to go past Tillakaratne as second highest run-getter in T20 internationals.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.

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