A clinical performance from the Indians as they made a roaring comeback in the second T-20 to level the three-match series 1-1 on Friday.
Indian bowlers denied New Zealand post another mammoth total as bowlers gave India early breakthroughs, picking as many as three wickets inside the power play overs.
Having been gone for plenty of runs in the first T-20, the team management put faith in Khaleel and Krunal Pandya which saw an impressive performance from both of them on Friday. While, Khaleel bowled beautifully, giving away just 27 runs off his four overs, Krunal Pandya, on the other hand, was handed Man-of-the-match for his spectacular performance in the match.
Playing his eight T-20, Khaleel Ahmed perhaps put on his best performance against New Zealand today. Khaleel bowled full mixed with accurate yorkers to good effect. After being hit by a six by Colin Munro and put pressure on Khaleel, he bowled a brilliant Yorker, not allowing Munro to get going at the start of the innings knowing that left-hander would target him.
Rohit then brought Krunal Pandeya in the fifth over of the game which saw Munro and Daryl Mitchell getting out in a single over. Williamson was going well, creating angles and managing to hit boundaries from nowhere, before Krunal getting him leg before which saw New Zealand being reduced to 50 for 4 after 8 overs.
However, just When India looked in complete control of the match, Colin De Grandhomme started the fireworks and did what he knows the best. The right-hander plundered two sixes each to both Chahal and Pandeya, picking up as many as 37 runs inside two overs and the match was once against balanced as New Zealand reached 100 run mark in the thirteenth over of the innings.
However, the seamers once again put breaks with Hardik getting the all-important Grandhomme after he made his well-made fifty as New Zealand could manage 158 in the end. The last four overs could fetch only 37 runs which actually showed how good was Indian seamers in the second T-20.
Unlike the first T-20, Rohit and Shikhar didn’t give their wicket away at the start of the chase with the duo going after the bowlers right from the start. Skipper Rohit Sharma made another well-made fifty and in the process became the highest run-getter in T-20s surpassing Martin Guptill on Friday, while Dhawan lost his wicket after making a well-made 30. With Pant and Dhoni at the crease, it was too easy for India as the Men in Blue chased down the total with one over to spare.