Last Updated: January 29, 2023, 22:37 IST
India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: India will have to raise their game a few notches as the Hardik Pandya-led side faces a must-win situation to level the three-match T20I series against New Zealand on Sunday.
India were caught in a spin web on the Ranchi pitch and lost the opener by 21 runs on Friday.
The loss also highlighted India’s bowling profligacy, especially by the pace duo of Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.
If tearaway pacer Malik conceded 16 runs in one over, Arshdeep leaked 27 runs in the last over, which put pressure on the India batters while chasing. Read More
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It was a low-scoring thriller where New Zealand gave their all while defending the 100-run target. Suryakumar Yadav, who didn’t look at his best, managed to hit the winning runs for India after getting dropped twice in the game. The pitch assisted the spinners and both teams used them well to put pressure on batters on this surface. The spinners didn’t take many wickets but they managed to put a brake on the scoring speed in both innings. It was a thrilling game of cricket and now Ahmedabad will decide the winner of the series on February 1.
What a good over from Blair Tickner. Mitchell Santner backed him to bowl the final one and he bowled with a lot of discipline to make things difficult for India. He almost dismissed Suryakumar Yadav but failed to grab his catch on his own bowling which eventually cost New Zealand big as he hit the winning runs for India. A very good match as New Zealand put up a brave fight with just 99 runs on the scoreboard. In the end, nervy Surya got India over the line alongside Hardik Pandya. India (101/4) beat New Zealand (99/8) by six wickets
What an over from Lockie Ferguson! He came into the attack to bowl the penultimate over and he gave away 7 runs. He troubled the Indian batters on the first four deliveries but the boundary on the fifth ball by Hardik Pandya eased off the pressure. India need 6 runs off the final over. IND 94/4 in 19 overs
Five singles off the over as the required run rate breaches 6. New Zealand believe that they can still pull this off while the Indian camp is calm and composed with two senior batters in the middle to get the job done. IND 87/4 in 18 overs
Mark Chapman into the attack and delivered a tidy over at the crucial stage just five runs came off it. It’s 18 off 18 now and India still hold the edge with Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav in the middle. The New Zealand spinners have not taken many wickets tonight but they managed to put a brake on scoring rate at regular intervals. IND 82/4 in 17 overs
Ish Sodhi finished his spell here as he gave away 24 runs in his four overs and claimed the crucial wicket of Rahul Tripathi. He gave away four runs off his last over. India need 23 runs to win this match now with Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav in the middle. IND 77/4 in 16 overs
RUN-OUT! Terrible mix-up and Washinton Sundar sacrificed his wicket. It was always a no from Sundar but Suryakumar Yadav didn’t stop and ran towards the non-striker’s end for a single. Poor communication between the two batters and it was more of SKY’s fault there. IND 70/4 in 14.3 overs
DROPPED! It was a good attempt from Jacob Duffy but he fails to hold on to the catch as Suryakumar Yadav gets a life here. Five runs came off the Michael Bracewell’s over. The interesting thing is that no batter has been able to clear the boundary rope so far in the match. IND 70/3 in 14 overs
Washington Sundar is the new man in middle and he has the license to play his shots freely. He has already hit one boundary to announce his arrival in the middle as seven runs came off Glenn Phillips over. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav has been a bit silent with the bat so far. IND 57/3 in 12 overs
OUT! Rahul Tripathi goes for an aerial sweep but finds Glenn Phillips at mid-wicket to lose his wicket. New Zealand are bouncing back in this game with two wickets in quick succession. Tripathi was looking in decent touch but threw his wicket away in the quest to break the shackles. IND 50/3 in 10.4 overs
Mitchell Santner returned to the attack and he bowled a tidy 3-run over. Suryakumar Yadav – the number 1-ranked T20I batter in the middle and there is now added pressure on New Zealand to contain him. Meanwhile, Rahul Tripathi is looking in decent touch here. IND 49/2 in 10 overs
RUN OUT! Unnecessary from Ishan Kishan as there was no need to steal the risky double there and it was also his call. He looked very good in the middle but threw his wicket away at the crucial juncture of the game. New Zealand will look to bounce back from here. IND 46/2 in 8.5 overs
A big over for India as 9 runs came off it. New Zealand spinners are struggling to take advantage of the pitch as Rahul Tripathi and Ishan Kishan are playing them comfortably to move towards victory. IND 43/1 in 8 overs
India are approaching this chase the right way. The two batters in the middle are looking to punish the loose deliveries and giving respect to the others to find singles. 5 runs came off Glenn Phillips’s over as India move forward in chase. IND 34/1 in 7 overs
Not a regular but a decent powerplay for India despite losing the big wicket of Shubman Gill. Seven runs came off the sixth over as Ishan Kishan is now looking set in the middle. Rahul Tripathi is also a good batter of spin bowling and has an opportunity here to showcase his talent. IND 29/1 in 6 overs
Shubman Gill once again throws his wicket away in the T20Is. He once again played the pull shot but failed to control the turn and bounce of Michael Bracewell and got dismissed for 11. Big blow for India early in the chase. IND 17/1 in 3.5 overs
Shubman Gill is playing his shots as he feels more settled in the middle when he bats with his natural approach. The talented youngster is a good batter of spin bowling and India need to him to stay till the end tonight. IND 16/0 in 3 overs
A tidy over from Michael Bracewell as only one run came off it. This pitch has the turn and the Indian batters have to grind against the quality New Zealand spinners to reach the target. IND 9/0 in 2 overs
A very good start for India in the paltry chase as 8 runs came off it. Shubman Gill finished the over with a powerful pull shot. New Zealand spinners have to spin the web here to create problems for India. IND 8/0 in 1 over
Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan are in the middle for India to start the chase. Jacob Duffy has the ball in hand.
That expensive over from the young left-arm quick was the turning point as he was smashed for three sixes and a boundary.
India’s batters were off to an inauspicious start with the top-three managing just 15 runs. The hosts ended up scoring 155/9, which would have been a par score to defend on the wicket, as indicated by Washington Sundar after the match.
“150 would’ve been par and we would’ve been very happy with it,” the India all-rounder said.
Skipper Pandya, however, is unlikely to bring in uncapped pace bowler Mukesh Kumar for the second T20I and will probably back Arshdeep to bounce back.
Kishan, Hooda under scrutiny
While Shubman Gill, who has been in red-hot form in the ODIs, has played just four T20Is and is still learning the nuances of the shortest format, the big concern will be the two key batters — Ishan Kishan and Deepak Hooda.
Occupying the opening spot, Kishan is nowhere near the ominous form he showed while slamming a record-breaking ODI double-century against Bangladesh last December.
Since then, Ishan’s scores in the last seven innings in both ODIs and T20Is read 37, 2, 1, 5, 8 n.o., 17 and 4.
If one just considers the T20Is, it’s been a while since he last scored a fifty — against South Africa on June 14, 2022.
Hooda, too, hasn’t enjoyed much success as a lower middle-order batter and averages just 17.88 in the last 13 innings, with the highest being the unbeaten 41 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede.
His innings of 10 runs from 10 balls at No. 7 on Friday lacked impact and the rotation of strike also came under scrutiny, especially when the New Zealand spinners were bowling.
While India are unlikely to try out newcomer Jitesh Sharma in the role of wicketkeeper-batter in the middle-order on Sunday, time is certainly running out for Hooda and Kishan.
Despite the loss on Friday, there was a huge positive for India in Washington Sundar, who not only bowled a tidy four overs of spin to take two wickets, but also emerged India’s topscorer with a 28-ball 50 batting at No. 6.
With No.1-ranked T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav in terrific form, India would need someone at the top of the order to raise their game and do some big hitting, given that the Ekana Stadium here has big boundaries.
The Kiwis, on the other hand, would look for another victory to secure a memorable series win in India. They will once again rely heavily on their in-form duo of Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell.
India: Hardik Pandya (c), Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar.
New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Dane Cleaver (wk), Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Rippon, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy, Henry Shipley and Ben Lister.
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