February 18, 2018

New Zealand win second T20 against India

05 November 2017, 02:14 | Frank Carlson

NZ include Phillips and bat; Siraj debuts for India

Rajkot T20I: New Zealand win toss and elect to bat against India

Munro raised a 105-run partnership for the first wicket with Martin Guptill (45 off 41), setting the platform for a big total in their do-or-die match.

Chahal was the only other Indian bowler who managed a wicket, returning figures of 1/36 in four overs.

Munro had a narrow escape only a couple of overs later when he nicked a slower delivery from Bumrah but the ball did not have enough pace to carry over to Dhoni behind the stumps.

The opening pair put up a commanding display making the most of the power-play options and though the home team removed skipper Kane Williamson cheaply in the 15th over, with the right hander having a go at Siraj and offering a straight forward catch to Rohit Sharma at deep forward of square leg, Munro demonstrated the fearless and flamboyant trait to bat right through the innings.

"It's one of those games where when you're going well, you're going really well, and when you're not, you're not". I don't think the pitch will change too much, but the dew might be an advantage in the second innings.

Munro said he found the most success when he watched the ball, rather than premeditating his shots.

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New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first.

While Munro scored runs in an aggressive manner, he also rode a bit on his luck as the left-hander was dropped twice and survived a run-out chance but capitalised on the chances given to him well to score his second T20I ton.

"I was just talking with Craig McMillan there, the batting coach, and I said when I tried to premeditate, it's when I didn't hit the ball that well". The ball's going to come onto the bat quite nicely.

The two teams will now lock horns in Thiruvananthapuram. Paceman Trent Boult took four wickets.

India: R. Sharma c Phillips b Boult 5, S. Dhawan b Boult 1, S, Iyer c & b Munro 23, V. Kohli c Phillips b Santner 65, H. Pandya b Sodhi 1, M.S. Dhoni c Santaner b Boult 49, A. Patel c Williamson b Boult 5, B. Kumar (not out) 2, J. Bumrah (not out) 1.

Given the new ball responsibility by Kohli, the 23-year-old pacer was given the coldest of welcomes to global cricket by Martin Guptill who took two boundaries off his very first over.

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