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2nd T20I (N), Mount Maunganui, November 20, 2022, India tour of New Zealand
(18.5/20 ov, T:192) 126

India won by 65 runs

Player Of The Match
111* (51)
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India canter to win after Suryakumar's blazing century

New Zealand's chase never got going as they fell 65 short, with Hooda bagging 4 for 10

Himanshu Agrawal
Suryakumar Yadav is chuffed with his century  •  Getty Images

Suryakumar Yadav is chuffed with his century  •  Getty Images

India 191 for 6 (Suryakumar 111*, Kishan 36, Southee 3-34) beat New Zealand 126 (Williamson 61, Hooda 4-10, Siraj 2-24) by 65 runs
Virat Kohli termed it as "another video game innings" on Twitter, and with solid reason: Suryakumar Yadav bashed 111 unbeaten runs out of the team's total of 191, on the way crashing 11 of the 18 boundaries India hit, and seven of their nine sixes, while facing just 51 balls. In a terrific display of creative and fearless T20 hitting typical of him, Suryakumar helped India plunder 72 off the last five overs. This, despite not getting to face a single delivery in the final over, where Tim Southee got a hat-trick.
Hardik Pandya just watched from the other end as Suryakumar toyed with an international bowling line-up which he made look ordinary. And with 192 to get, New Zealand's chase only kept crawling from the start: their powerplay fetched just 32 runs with only three boundaries, laying perhaps the perfect foundation for them to flounder; and at 85 for 3 after 12 overs with Glenn Phillips gone, the required run rate of above 13 an over meant the match was all but decided.
Suryakumar defies logic, the bowling, and everything else
In what is turning out to be a defining year for him - he is already the highest run-getter in T20Is in 2022 - Suryakumar's second T20I century of the year was perhaps different only in that it came in a winning cause.
Suryakumar brought out his trademark scoop for four over the wicketkeeper's head just fourth ball despite being beaten for two consecutive deliveries before it. Typical T20 stuff: swing and a miss, but not bothered about next ball.
Ishan Kishan kept struggling after Rishabh Pant fell for a low score for which he had jostled himself, but Suryakumar knew he had to go only one way, especially with rain in the air. The rest of India's batting scored 69 in as many deliveries - there were 11 extras too in the total - and that told the story of how many miles ahead Suryakumar was of his team-mates.
His first six came off Mitchell Santner, as he fetched a ball from wide outside off only to slog sweep and deposit it over fine leg. Then came the lofts over the off side: Santner's first ball off the 11th over was scythed behind point, and Ish Sodhi's first of the 12th was placed to deep extra cover with high elbows.
But Suryakumar had reserved special treatment for Lockie Ferguson: with eight overs to go and India's total still under a hundred, he drove and whipped the fast bowler for a four and six, respectively. That was Act 1 of Suryakumar vs Ferguson.
Suryakumar brought up his fifty off 32 balls in the 16th over, and with time running out, got into Southee to start the 17th: a six swung across the line over midwicket, and a whip to the same region for four, albeit helped by a misfield. Two balls later, he adjusted to thrash at a short ball outside off despite making room early.
Runs came from everywhere: inside-out lofts over cover and mid-off, and whips and flicks over fine leg. The platform for Act 2 of Suryakumar vs Ferguson had been laid: 4, 0, 4, 4, 4, 6 in the 19th over. The third boundary brought up his hundred off 49 balls, but three other shots were jaw-dropping: the first four was sliced over short third after opening the bat face very late, the fifth was tickled over the wicketkeeper in spite of the short length and the ball rising close to his shoulder, and the six was flung over short third again as he opened the bat face to a length that seemed too full to even have a go.
New Zealand limp in big chase
Kane Williamson consumed 52 balls to score 61. It didn't help either that the new ball swung appreciably for India in the powerplay, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissing Finn Allen second ball.
New Zealand's required rate had raced past 11 after the first six overs, after which came the only phase when they seemed like attacking. Williamson and Devon Conway picked 17 off Washington Sundar's first over, before he hit back by dismissing Conway first ball of the ninth for a tame 25 off 22 deliveries.
Glenn Phillips crushed his first ball for four and even flung a six off Yuzvendra Chahal to signal early aggressive intent, but fell for 12 off six balls as Chahal teased him by slowing down pace on the ball in the tenth over.
Not a single boundary was hit between Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham and Mitchell Santner for 33 balls after that six from Phillips, by which time, New Zealand's fate was nearly sealed. They were 111 for 6 after 17 overs, after which Williamson got to his fifty off his 48th delivery.
With the result obvious, Deepak Hooda came on to bowl the penultimate over, and dismissed Sodhi, Southee and Adam Milne in the space of four deliveries to wrap up a timid day for the hosts.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Win Probability
IND 100%
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Over 19 • NZ 126/10

Ish Sodhi st †Pant b Hooda 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 33.33
Tim Southee c †Pant b Hooda 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 2m) SR: 0
Adam Milne c Arshdeep Singh b Hooda 6 (5b 0x4 1x6 8m) SR: 120
India won by 65 runs
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