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2nd T20I (N), Auckland, Feb 8 2019, India tour of New Zealand
(18.5/20 ov, target 159)162/3
India won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Shashank Kishore

Krunal three-for, Rohit blitz help India pull level

India captain becomes the highest run-getter in T20Is as India record their first win in the format in New Zealand

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
New Zealand158/8(20 overs)
India162/3(18.5 overs)

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.

18.5
4
Kuggeleijn to Pant, FOUR runs

fuller on the stumps and smashed past the bowler along the ground for four

18.4
Kuggeleijn to Pant, no run

short of length down the leg side, goes for the pull but misses

18.3
Kuggeleijn to Pant, no run

fuller on the stumps, flicked towards short midwicket, a diving stop there

18.2
1
Kuggeleijn to Dhoni, 1 run

slower bouncer on middle and leg, Dhoni misses the pull but collects a bye

18.1
1
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 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!!"

17.6
2
Ferguson to Dhoni, 2 runs

fuller outside off, driven to the right of sweeper cover for another brace

Around the wicket

17.5
Ferguson to Dhoni, no run

almost a yorker around off, Dhoni pushes it back towards the bowler

17.4
2
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"

17.3
1
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

17.2
1
Ferguson to Dhoni, 1 run

almost a yorker outside off, steers it towards cover-point

17.1
2
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: 8.70 • RRR: 3.67 • Need 11 from 18b
MS Dhoni12 (11)
Rishabh Pant34 (23)
Tim Southee4-0-34-0
Ish Sodhi4-0-31-1
16.6
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

16.5
2
Southee to Dhoni, 2 runs

length on middle and leg, swipes it towards midwicket for a couple

16.4
1
Southee to Pant, 1 run

fuller on the stumps, hits it towards long-on

16.3
6
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

16.3
1w
Southee to Pant, 1 wide

a sharp bouncer angling across but too short, say the umpire. Well over Pant's head

16.2
1
Southee to Dhoni, 1 run

short of length around off, drags it towards deep square leg

16.1
1lb
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

end of over 166 runs
INDIA: 135/3CRR: 8.43 • RRR: 6.00 • Need 24 from 24b
Rishabh Pant27 (20)
MS Dhoni8 (8)
Ish Sodhi4-0-31-1
Tim Southee3-0-22-0
15.6
1
Sodhi to Pant, 1 run

short of length on middle and leg, whips it towards fine leg for one

15.5
1
Sodhi to Dhoni, 1 run

Dhoni was looking to comes down the track but Sodhi fires it full and wide, Dhoni does well to get some bat on it, a single to cover

Best performances - batsmen
Colin de Grandhomme portrait
C de Grandhomme
50 runs (28)
1 four
4 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
straight drive
18 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
10621013108
Rohit Sharma portrait
RG Sharma
50 runs (29)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
pull
13 runs
0 fours
2 sixes
168690614
Best performances - bowlers
Krunal Pandya portrait
KH Pandya
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Khaleel Ahmed portrait
KK Ahmed
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
2
ECO
6.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of New Zealand
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberT20 No. 737
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20
Match days8 February 2019 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Chris Brown
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Wayne Knights
TV Umpire
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Shaun Haig
Reserve Umpire
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Tony Gillies
Match Referee
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David Boon