Vijay Shankar’s rocket throw to run-out Ross Taylor

Annette Crawford
February 10, 2019

Rohit Sharma became the highest run scorer in Twenty20 worldwide history Friday as India romped to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second T20 in Auckland.

MS Dhoni (20*) and Pant (40*) then knocked off the remaining runs easily to lead India home with seven balls remaining.

New Zealand's strength has been the performance of their batsmen, with opener Tim Seifert providing blazing starts supported by the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme.

India celebrate the fall of a wicket.

He added 79 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, and while Dhawan's dismissal pegged India back to 88 for two after 11 overs, the required run rate was always manageable for the visitor, and Risabh Pant (40 not out) and MS Dhoni (20 not out) sent the series to a decider in Hamilton tomorrow.

An inside edge was apparent even without the Hotspot technology but New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell fell to a contentious leg-before call during the second T20 worldwide against India.

Talking about the match, India sealed a 159-run chase in the penultimate over of the match without much discomfort. The 37-year-old veteran also took the Men in Blue over the line as he remained unbeaten on 20 off 18 balls.

Both New Zealand and India named unchanged teams for the fixture, with the tourists fielding eight specialist batsmen in order to exploit Eden Park's short boundaries.

Krunal, Rohit fire India to series-levelling win.

Dhoni, who last captained India in a T20I against West Indies at Lauderhill in 2016, was once again seen taking on-field decisions. They came into this game to win and that's what they ended the game with.

Captain Kane Williamson could not be more happy with the showing in the first T20 but wants his team to fully focus on the job at hand.

Predicted Playing XI: Colin Munro, Tom Seifert, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchel Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, and Lockie Ferguson.

The young Indian bowling has been tested but the likes of Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed's performances so far will give the team management some assurance.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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