India vs New Zealand 2017, 2nd T20I: Hits and Misses

Randall Padilla
November 5, 2017

The Black Caps' new ball attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee lacked discipline in Delhi.

India lost regular wickets in their run chase, Kohli top-scoring with 65 one day prior to his birthday and MS Dhoni making 49.

The hosts though were always left playing catching up after Munro and Guptill, who scored 45, hammered the Indian bowling. Dropped on 79 by Yuzvendra Chahal at deep cover off Bhuvnewshwar - Munro became the third batsman to score a century against India in a Twenty20 bilateral series; Australia Shane Watson had scored 124 not out in Sydney in January 2016 and West Indian Evin Lewis scored an exact 100 at Lauderhill in August 2016 and 125 not out in Kingston in July 2017.

The Hyderabad-born pacer ultimately did get his maiden worldwide wicket in the form of Williamson but ultimately finished with figures of 1-53 off his four overs.

Skipper Virat Kohli requires 12 runs to go past Tillakaratne as second highest run-getter in T20 internationals.

When Siraj was brought back for his second over, he was treated with disdain by Munro as he slammed the bowler for a couple sixes over long on and mid-wicket.

Medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah also bowled well, conceding just 23 runs in his four overs.

Guptill later danced down the track to smack Chahal over mid-wicket and Munro was nearly caught on the boundary line by Kumar in the same over at the end of which the visitors were 83 without loss.

Guptill struck two more sixes and a boundary in the fifth over to inject some momentum as New Zealand reached 48 for naught by the end of the powerplay.

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.

Opting to bat first on winning the toss, the visitors rode on an unbeaten quickfire century by opener Colin Munro to post 196/2 in their allotted 20 overs. India, on the other hand, will have to look back and admit that their batting failed today and stubborn performances by Kohli and Dhoni were never going to be enough chasing a total of 197. Extras: (b2, lb1, w1) 4.

The hosts ended at 156 for seven.

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