2nd T20I (N), Auckland, Feb 8 2019, India tour of New Zealand
(18.5/20 ov, target 159)
India won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
INDIA Innings
Full commentary

So the caravan moves to Hamilton with the series on line. Can New Zealand make a comeback or will India clinch the T20I trophy as well? We will be there to find out. That's all from our side for tonight's game. See you soon.

"Very pleased to see how we bowled and then we were clinical with the bat as well," Rohit says. "We didn't execute the plans in the first game, we executed them here and got the reward for it. It's important to understand the mistakes we made. We wanted the guys to go out there with a clear mind. We have got quality in our side and we are looking forward to the next game. Hopefully, we can do what we did today."

"I suppose the performance of Wellington was always going to be difficult to replicate," Williamson say. "Slightly more tricky at times here. There a lot of learnings. Look, you still need to come out and play with freedom. Often we come here, often brilliantly cricket matches. Brilliant crowd today. One-all in the series, hopefully we will get another outstanding crowd."

Krunal Pandya is Man of the Match. "It felt really nice to contribute and it's always special when the team wins," he says. "You have to adapt according the ground, and I think I did that well."

10.18pm India level the series 1-1 with one match to go. A target of 159 was never going to be enough on this ground, and to make things worse for New Zealand, Rohit found his form and led the chase with a 29-ball 50. Dhawan struggled on his way to a 31-ball 30 but Pant and Dhoni applied the finishing touches to seal the same with seven wickets and seven balls to spare.

Kuggeleijn to Pant, FOUR runs
fuller on the stumps and smashed past the bowler along the ground for four
Kuggeleijn to Pant, no run
short of length down the leg side, goes for the pull but misses
Kuggeleijn to Pant, no run
fuller on the stumps, flicked towards short midwicket, a diving stop there
Kuggeleijn to Dhoni, 1 run
slower bouncer on middle and leg, Dhoni misses the pull but collects a bye
Kuggeleijn to Pant, 1 run
slower length ball on middle and leg, pulls it towards fine leg

Around the wicket

end of over 188 runs
INDIA: 156/3CRR: 8.66 • RRR: 1.50 • Need 3 runs from 12b
MS Dhoni19 (16)
Rishabh Pant35 (24)
Lockie Ferguson4-0-31-1
Tim Southee4-0-34-0

VijayGanesan: "Why do I feel like Yoda teaching Jedi ways to Luke when dhoni & pant are batting!!"

Ferguson to Dhoni, 2 runs
fuller outside off, driven to the right of sweeper cover for another brace

Around the wicket

Ferguson to Dhoni, no run
almost a yorker around off, Dhoni pushes it back towards the bowler
Ferguson to Dhoni, 2 runs
short of length outside off, cuts it towards deep backward point for two more

Anshit Agrawal: "Just like Rohit forgot that Vijay is an allrounder, Williamson forgot that CDG is an all rounder"

Ferguson to Pant, 1 run
length ball on leg stump from around the wicket, Pant moves across and flicks it fine, Sodhi makes a good stop at fine leg
Ferguson to Dhoni, 1 run
almost a yorker outside off, steers it towards cover-point
Ferguson to Dhoni, 2 runs
fuller on the stumps, flicks it towards the left of fine leg for a couple
end of over 1713 runs
INDIA: 148/3CRR: 8.7 • RRR: 3.66 • Need 11 runs from 18b
MS Dhoni12 (11)
Rishabh Pant34 (23)
Tim Southee4-0-34-0
Ish Sodhi4-0-31-1
Southee to Dhoni, 1 run
slower one outside off, Dhoni dabs it towards point, the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end as Pant had taken a couple steps down, misses and concedes an overthrow. Even if he had it, Pant I think was back in time
Southee to Dhoni, 2 runs
length on middle and leg, swipes it towards midwicket for a couple
Southee to Pant, 1 run
fuller on the stumps, hits it towards long-on
Southee to Pant, SIX runs
slower one on the pads and Pant lofts it over deep midwicket, the bottom hand comes off but great timing and power in the shot, a one-handed six
Southee to Pant, 1 wide
a sharp bouncer angling across but too short, say the umpire. Well over Pant's head
Southee to Dhoni, 1 run
short of length around off, drags it towards deep square leg
Southee to Pant, 1 leg bye
slower one on the leg stump, 106kph, Pant was quite early into the pull, misses but gets a leg bye