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India vs New Zealand 2017, 2nd T20I in Rajkot, Highlights: Munro, Boult Steal Show

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: November 6, 2017, 1:32 PM IST

2nd T20I, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 04 November, 2018

Toss won by New Zealand (decided to bat)

New Zealand beat India by 40 runs

Man of the Match: Colin Munro



INNINGS OVER: That's it then, India fall short by 40 runs in the second T20I. Colin Munro starred with a blistering century while Trent Boult picked up four wickets for the visitors. As for India, Kohli slammed a fifty, while Dhoni hit 49. But they were never really in the chase after losing so many wickets early on. The Kiwis level the series in stunning style.


Out: Dhoni hit a huge six on the first ball of the Boult over but then, two ball later, he hit the ball straight into the hands of Santner, who was fielding at backward square leg. New Zealand edge closer to victory as Boult picks his fourth wicket.


Four: Dhoni hits another boundary of the over as this time he hits the ball on the onside towards the square leg boundary. 16 runs came from the last Milne over but Kane Williamson won't mind as India need 49 runs to win off 6 balls.


Dropped: Dhoni tries to go for a huge six but ends up top edging the ball off the bowling of Milne. Santner runs from the long off fence but spills the ball after reaching it. Dhoni gets another lifeline but it won't matter anyway.


Four: Dhoni seems to be only delaying the inevitable as he hits his first four of the innings off the bowling of Milne. Short and wide from the pacer and Dhoni hits the ball for a boundary towards the covers. 


Out: Another one bites the dust as Axar Patel hits a Boult delivery straight into the hands of Williamson at the covers. Boult picks his third wicket of the day and India are staring downt the barrell now.


Four: Boult tries to bowl a yorker but it goes wrong and Axar helps it for a boundary towards sqaure leg.India need many more of those if they have any chance of winning the match from here.


OUT: Santner gets the wicket that the Kiwis so dearly wanted as the spinner gets rid of Kohli for 65. Kohli came out of the crease to hits the ball but the ball took a faint edge and the keeper experty caught it. India: 125/5 after 17 overs, need 72 off 18 deliveries.


SIX: Dhoni gets into the act now as he slogs the ball for a huge six over the mid wicket region off the bowling of Ish Sodhi. Second six of the innings for MS Dhoni. 10 runs coming off from that over as Kohli and Dhoni continue to fight. India: 122/4 in 16 overs.


Four: On the penultimate ball of the Milne over, Kohli threads the off-side boundary for a four. Another excellent over from Milne as he gives away just 6 runs from it. India's required rate is creeping with every passing over. India: 112/4 in 15.


Sodhi gives away 9 runs from the over but Williamson won't mind it at all as things are in favour of Kiwis. India need 91 off 36 deliveries and it will take a mammoth effort from Kohli and Dhoni for India to win the match from here.


SIX: Sodhi bowls into the zone for Dhoni and the former India skipper got his chance to free his arms and hit the ball over the long off fence for a huge six. First maximum of the innings for Dhoni.


Four: Slightly full delivery from Munro and Kohli dispatches it for a boundary towards deep mid-wicket. 10 runs coming from that Munro over as India edge closer to the 100-run mark. India: 97/4 after 13 overs.


50: Wicket may be falling on the other end but Virat Kohli continues to score runs and put pressure on the visitors. Kohli comes dancing down the crease and hits the ball over Santner's head for a four. Kohli slams his 18th T20I fifty as well and this is his second half-century of the year. India: 87/4 after 12 overs.


Four: Virat Kohli hits a boundary on the last ball of the Munro over to bring some respite to the hosts. The onus will now be on Kohli and Dhoni to revive India's chase. India: 79/4 after 11.


Stat Attack: Colin Munro emulates Shane Watson in being the only cricketers to have scored a T20I ton and taken a wicket in the same match. Both have done so against India.


OUT: Hardik Pandya is the next batsman to depart as Ish Sodhi castles him for 1. Sodhi bowls a wrong one and the ball keeps low and it hits the stumps after Pandya misses it completely. India lose their fourth wicket now. Dhoni joins Kohli in the middle.


Out: India suffer their third blow of the day as Colin Munro scalps Shreyas Iyer. The ball takes a leading edge of the bat of Iyer and Munro takes the catch off his own bowling. India: 67/3 after 9.


SIX: Kohli is once again looking so good in a chase. This time, the India skipper hits  the ball over he long on boundary ropes for a huge six. First maximum of the innings for Kohli as Santner concedes 16 runs from his over. India: 62/2 after 8.


DRS: Virat Kohli went for the revese sweep and the ball hit his pads. India sneak a single while the Kiwis were appealing for LBW. Umpire says not out but Williamson opts for the DRS. Replays showed that the ball was missing the leg stump annd Kohli survives.


Four and Four: Virat Kohli seems to be fed up of singles and doubles as he slams back to back boundaries of the bowling of Santner. First, the India skipper cut the ball for a four past backward point. Then, on the next ball, he hit the ball inside out over the cover fielder for a boundary. 


Sodhi gives 5 runs from his first over and this is the third successive over that Kohli and Iyer have failed to find the boundary ropes. India need to score runs qucikly as the required rate is going up with every passing over. India: 45/2 after 7.


In the last two overs, Milne and Santner have given a combined total of 5 runs and that has helped the requred rate go up big time. India need to up the ante soon as more such over will harm their chances of winning the match as they will fall way behind.


Stat Attack: Kohli overtakes Tillakaratne Dilshan into second-spot in the list of highest run-getters in T20Is. Next stop: Brendon McCullum with 2,140 runs. When he was on 10*: Kohli reached 7,000 T20 runs: 1st Indian to do so, 8th overall. India: 40/2 after 6 overs


Milne bowls an excellent over for the Kiwis as he gives away just two singles from it. India were flying after losing two wickets as Iyer and Kohli were taking the attack to the visitors. But Milne has now pulled it back for the Kiwis. India: 37/2 after 5.


Flurry of Boundaries: Kohli and Iyer hit  a combined total of three boundaries in Boult's second over. Kohli hit a splendid four on the first ball over the mid-on fielder. Iyer then slammed the ball towards backward point for a four. Then on the last ball of the over, Kohli comes down the ground and hits the ball hard which almost took away the head of the umpire. India: 35/2 in four overs.


Four: Shreyas Iyer is looking in good touch as he slams his third boundary of the innings. On the last ball of the de Grandhomme over, Iyer clears his leg and hits the ball past the backward point region. India: 21/2 after 3 over.


Stat Attack: India’s openers went from recording their highest partnership in the first T20I (160 runs) to the joint-third lowest (6 runs) in the second T20I.


Four: Kane Williamson opts for a change and he brings de Grandhomme onto the attack in place of Milne. Shreyas Iyer welcomes him by hitting him for a boundary past the point fielder. Second four of the innings for the youngster.


OUT: Another huge blow for India as Boult has gotten rid of Rohit Sharma as well in his first over. Rohit nicked the ball straight into the hands of the keeper. The umpire took a lot of time to decide and give it out. India have lost both their openers now. India: 11/2 after 2 over.


India vs New Zealand 2017, 2nd T20I in Rajkot, Highlights: Munro, Boult Steal Show

Colin Munro. (AP Image)


India are poised for their third T20 International series triumph in five years but would be wary of a strong fight back from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game of the three-match series. The comprehensive 53-run victory in the series opener at New Delhi has put India firmly in the drivers seat as they set their targets on an unassailable 2-0 lead at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Kandheri. The resounding victory, riding on the swashbuckling batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country's first-ever win over the Kiwis in the shortest form of the game.

The 2007 World T20 champions have produced impressive death bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah leading the pace department, while the spinners also pitched in with some excellent bowling in the middle overs. Considering the immense all-round strength that the hosts boast of, it's going to be a Herculean task for the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand to prevent India from surging to a third T20I series victory in eight contests, dating back to 2012-13, three of which were drawn encounters.

The Indian top order batting, with superb stroke-makers in Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli, has to be tamed early if New Zealand hope to keep the series alive till the final game. 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. The Black Caps' new ball attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee lacked discipline in Delhi. It's a bit of a surprise that these two experienced Kiwi bowlers have been ineffective with yorkers at the death, unlike the Indian duo of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar. And the catching too has let the Black Caps down in contrast to some superb outfield efforts by the Men in Blue.

The live broadcast of the #IndvsNZ match will be shown on Star Sports network while the live streaming of the match can be caught on The match is scheduled to start at 7 PM IST. You can also check out CricketNext's LIVE blog for all the latest action from the match including live scores, ball-by-ball commentary and analysis.


India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul.

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

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1 India 4397 116
2 England 5310 108
3 South Africa 3712 106
4 New Zealand 2834 105
5 Australia 3663 102
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