India Wins on Republic day and lead 5 match series 2-0.

India continued their winning run in NZ. NZ won the toss and elected to bat and Kohli was happy to chase based on what they did in first T20. India and NZ went unchanged which is a reasonable way to go.

Shardul Thakur opened the bowling with Shami and from ball 1 the pitch looks completely different from 1st T20. Colin Munro and Guptill started NZ innings in the same way they did in 1st T20 by scoring 7 to 8 runs in an over. Shardul Thakur gave the first break for team India in 6th over where Guptill tried to score big and gave a catch to Kohli. Williamson walked in and started scoring run a ball but it’s the team India bowlers who bowled at good line and length and did not give away any runs easily. Dube who is the replacement of Hardik chipped in 9th over and gave the second breakthrough for team India in the form of Munro. Jadeja bought into attack and got the Grandhomme wicket in his first over similar to 1st T20 with a  simple catch in his own bowling. With loss of two quick wickets, NZ didn’t look comfortable and the run rate went down. Jadeja with his quick bowling took the second wicket in the form of NZ captain Williamson. It’s a big wicket with 7 overs to go and score being just 84 runs. Jadeja proved once again he should be part of T20 and ODI team on a consistent basis. Siefert and Taylor continued the NZ innings but never looked comfortable at any stage. India bowlers, Jadeja, Shami, Chahal, Bumrah tightened the screws after Williamson wicket and it became too difficult for NZ to score big. With Bumrah bowling the last two overs out of 3 where he has given just 12 runs made NZ to score just 132 for 5.

Indian Chase: India started their low scoring chase with Rahul and Rohit. Although it’s a low score, the pitch is not that easy as 1st T20, India approached their chase with a bang by Rohit scoring two boundaries in the first over and at the same time, he lost his wicket to the last ball of 1st over where he tried to cut the ball and gave the catch to the wide slip.

Captain walked in and along with Rahul, both started building the innings and took their time as it is a low score. During the 5th over, Kohli tried to score through fine leg and gave the catch to seifert. It s a big wicket as he is one of the best player when India chase and we have seen many times India got into trouble when Kohli got out early in a chase. But Shreyas iyer who batted brilliantly in the 1st T20 walked in and continued his form. Both Shreyas and Rahul started playing carefully and tried to score when they see an opportunity.

At the end of 14th over, India need to score 46 out of 36 balls. During 15th over, Rahul edged one to a six and the very next ball he drives over extra cover to a boundary and reached his 2nd Half century in style in the series. During 16th over, Shreyas Iyer showed his hitting skills by hitting one six and four and the required run rate came down to 4. By the end of 16th over, India confirmed their win by 90%. In the 17th over, Shreyas smashed one more 6 and got out in the same over while trying to hit another. He got out for 44 and walked to the pavilion with just 8 runs to score to win the 2nd T20 match. Dube walked in and finished the game with a big six and India lead the series with 2- 0.

India move to Hamilton for third T20 and will aim at winning that and grab hands on 1st ever T20 tournament in NZ.

Man of the match – KL Rahul for his super Half Century.

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