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India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Highlights: KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja help India register 7-wicket win, take 2-0 lead | Cricket News



A solid bowling performance to go with a disciplined 50-ball 57* from KL Rahul helped India register a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second T20I in Auckland on Sunday. With the second consecutive win of the tour, India also gained a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series. Chasing a moderate 133-run target, India lost Rohit Sharma (8) and Virat Kohli (11) cheaply. But Rahul kept India’s chase on track. Alongwith in-form Shreyas Iyer (44), Rahul batted steadily taking India into a comfortable position. In the end, Shivam Dube (8*) helped India cross the finish line with 15 balls to spare. Earlier, riding on a strong bowling performance, India restricted New Zealand to 132/5. Opting to bat after winning the toss, the hosts got off to a good start but lost way after losing wickets in quick succession. For India, Ravindra Jadeja was excellent with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-0-18-2. Shardul Thakur, Shivam Dube and Bumrah too chipped in with a wicket apiece.

India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, take 2-0 lead in 5-match series

KL Rahul 57*
Shreyas Iyer 44

17.3 overs: SIX! And, Shivam Dube finishes off the proceedings in style for India with a maximum over the long-on fence. India register a 7-wicket win with 15 balls to spare.

16.3 overs: OUT! Shreyas Iyer goes for another biggie but this time he is not able to get the timing right. Ish Sodhi gets his first wicket as Tim Southee completes an easy catch at the boundary line. Iyer walks back for 44.
IND 125/3

16.2 overs: SIX! Shreyas Iyer is getting India close to finish line in style. Biggest strike so far from him in the innings. Whacks Ish Sodhi’s delivery over the long on fence. India now just 9 runs away from victory.

15.3 overs: SIX! Another biggie from Shreyas Iyer down the ground. Shuffles against Blair Tickner to unsettle him and succeeds. Gets one in the arc and and it down town to collect six runs. India close in on the target.
IND 111/2

50 for KL Rahul!

14.4 overs: FOUR! This time over covers! Much more controlled shot from Rahul this time as he hits the ball over the in-field for a boundary. Rahul gets to his 11th T20I fifty as his purple patch with the bat continues. Gets there in 43 balls. India cruising towards victory.
IND 99/4

14.3 overs: SIX! Extra pace, extra bounce and the ball flies over the third-man fence. An edge off KL Rahul’s bat and the ball goes to the shortest part of the ground and just flies over. Rahul moves to 48,

End of 14th over: KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer now looking in control of this run chase. A tidy 5-run over from Blair Tickner but both India batsmen are rotating the strike well and getting the odd boundary. India need another 46 runs off 36 balls.
IND 87/2

11.4 overs: SIX! In the slot and bang! Beautiful from Shreyas Iyer. Googly from Ish Sodhi and Iyer picks it up early. Launches the ball into the long on stands. That would definitely ease some pressure.
IND 74/2

End of 10th over: We are half-way through in the run chase and India have 60 on the board for the loss of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul have only managed 20 runs in the last 4 overs. India require another 73 runs from 60 balls remaining.

50 up for India!

KL Rahul takes a comfortable single off Mitchell Santner as 50 comes up for India in 8.1 overs.

KL Rahul 27*

Shreyas Iyer 4*

End of 7th over: An excellent start from Mitchell Santner. Just two singles from his first over. Spin from both ends now for New Zealand as Ish Sodhi comes into the attack.
IND 42/2

Just 1 run and Kohli’s wicket off Southee’s over. INDIA 40/2

Shreyas Iyer comes to the crease.

OVERS 5.2: WICKET! Tim Southee gets the big fish. Dangerman Virat Kohli falls for 11. Southee bowls down the leg side. Kohli tried to flick. Seifert dives to take a stunner. Big wicket for New Zealand.
INDIA 39/2

End of OVER 5: 15 runs off Tickner’s over. INDIA 39/1, need 94 runs in 90 balls.

OVERS 4.5: SIX! What a shot from KL. Short from Tickner. Rahul stays back and sends the ball over third man fence with a brilliant upper cut.

OVERS 4.1: FOUR! Kohli welcomes Tickner with a superb boundary. The Indian skipper tonks the ball over mid off region.

End of 4th over: India going run-a-ball at the moment. Both KL (12*) and Virat (4*) taking this India chase forward steadily.
IND 24/1

3.2 overs: FOUR! KL Rahul making the most of his good form. Just tucks Hamish Bennett’s delivery through square-leg region and the ball reaches the fence. Exquisite timing on that occasion from KL.
IND 22/1

End of 2nd over: An excellent over from Hamish Bennett from the other end. Both Virat Kohli and KL Rahul looking cautious at the start.
IND 13/1

0.6 overs: OUT! Away-swinger from Tim Southee and Rohit Sharma pokes at it. Ross Taylor at wide first slip completes and easy catch. Southee has a wicket first over and it’s a big one, in form of in-form Rohit Sharma.
IND 8/1

0.2 overs: FOUR! Rohit Sharma and India get off the mark with a cracking drive through covers. Outside off from Tim Southee and Rohit wasted no time on that one. Leans into it and the ball reaches the fence in no time.
IND 4/0

India openers Rohit Sharma and KL rahul are out in the middle to start the India run chase. Tim Southee has the new ball in hand for New Zealand.

Innings break!

A terrific effort from the bowlers helped India restrict New Zealand to 132 for five in the second T20I in Auckland. Opting to bat after winning the toss, the hosts got off to a good start with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro taking on the India bowlers inside the powerplay overs. But then wickets in quick succession derailed the Kiwi charge. Guptill was the first one to fall on the final ball of the powerplay overs for quickfire a 33 off 20 balls. Then wickets of Munro (26) and Colin de Grandhomme (3) in the span of six balls dented New Zealand innings. Skipper Kane Williamson too looked out of touch as he departed for 14. Towards the end, Ross Taylor (18 off 24) and Tim Seifert (33* off 26) tried to get some quick runs but looked hapless in front of death-over specialists Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. For India, Ravindra Jadeja was excellent with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-0-18-2. Shardul Thakur, Shivam Dube and Bumrah too chipped in with a wicket apiece.

New Zealand set 133-run target for India!
Martin Guptill 33
Tim Seifert 33
Ravindra Jadeja 2/18

End of 20th over: A wicket of Ross Taylor and 9 runs in the final Jasprit Bumrah over. New Zealand end their innings at 132/5.

End of 19th over: An excellent penultimate over from Mohammed Shami. Just 5 runs from the final over of his spell. He finishes off with figures of 4-0-22-0. Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the final over of the Kiwi innings.
NZ 123/4

17.3 overs: Dropped! What just happened there! Virat Kohli has dropped a sitter and everyone on the field is in shock . Kohli has his faced covered. Ross Taylor gets a lucky reprieve. Can he make it count?
NZ 116/4

End of 17th over: An excellent spell from Ravindra Jadeja comes to an end. He finishes with figures of 4-0-18-2 . Last 18 balls remaining for the Blackcaps. How much more can they add? NZ 115/4

100 comes up for New Zealand!

A glorious cover drive from Tim Seifert off Yuzvendra Chahal and the ball races to the fence. 100 comes up for New Zealand in 15.3 overs.

End of 14th over: An excellent over from Yuzvendra Jadeja comes to an end. Just six runs from it without conceding a boundary. Ravindra Jadeja to continue from the other end.
NZ 90/4

12.3 overs: OUT! That was bound to happen. Second wicket for Ravindra Jadeja as Kane Williamson fails to time his sweep shot. Hits it straight down the throat of Yuzvendra Chahal in the deep. Williamson departs after scoring 14 runs.
NZ 81/4

End of 12th over: New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson (13*) and Ross Taylor (2*) are finding it difficult to score runs at the moment. A tidy over from Mohammed Shami comes to an end. Just three singles from it.
NZ 78/3

10.3 overs: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja strikes in his first over. A straight and simple return catch to him as Colin de Grandhomme walks back after scoring just 3 runs. New Zealand in trouble after losing two in quick succession.

End of 10th over: We are at half-way stage and India have done well to pull things back after a breezy start. Both New Zealand openers are back in the hut and Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme are now looking to rebuild NZ innings.
NZ 74/3

8.4 overs: OUT! Shivam Dube gets his name in the wicket column. Colin Munro tries to go over in-field on the off side but mistimes. A simple catch for skipper Virat Kohli at extra covers. Munro walks back after scoring 26 off 25.
NZ 68/2

8.3 overs: FOUR! Runs flowing steadily for the Kiwis at the moment. Short from Shivam Dube and Colin Munro punches it through deep mid-wicket region to collect another boundary.
NZ 68/1

6.3 overs: SIX! Paddle sweep from Colin Munro off Shivam Dube and the ball lands in the second tier. What a shot that was from the left-hander.
NZ 56/1

5.6 overs: OUT! Shardul Thakur has the last laugh. Gets Martin Guptill on the final ball of the powerplay overs. Guptill went for the big hit straight down the ground but mistimes. Virat Kohli at long-off makes no mistake. Guptill departs after a well made 33 off 20 balls.
NZ 48/1

5.4 overs: FOUR! FOUR! Martin Guptill is cruising at the moment and dealing in boundaries only. First one off Shardul Thakur was through square leg and the second one was straighter to the right of long-on.
NZ 47/0

4.1 overs: FOUR! Colin Munro welcomes Yuzvendra Chahal with a boundary on the on-side. A confident sweep from Monro and the ball gets to the fence in no time.
NZ 36/0

3.4 overs: FOUR! Short-pitched from Mohammed Shami and Martin Guptill fires it to the mid-wicket fence. Manish Pandey in the deep had had no chance there.
NZ 28/0

End of 3rd over: A five-run over from Jasprit Bumrah. Both Martin Guptill and Colin Munro looking to make most of powerplay overs.
NZ 23/0

End of 2nd over: FOUR! Mohammed Shami was right on the money first five balls but Martin Guptill finishes the over with a cracker through covers. The ball races the he fence. And, Jasprit Bumrah now comes in to replace Shardul Thakur.
NZ 18/0

End of 1st over: A good first over for the Blackcaps as Martin Guptill collects 12 runs from it. An extra off wide makes it 13 in the over. Mohammed Shami will share the new ball with Thakur from the other end.
NZ 13/0

0.4 overs: SIX! Make it two in two! This time bumper from Shardul Thakur and Martin Guptill goes after it. Manages to top edge and it goes past the short fine leg boundary. Thakur under pressure.
NZ 12/0

0.3 overs: SIX! Martin Guptill starts off with a cracking six over covers. Two steps towards Shardul Thakur and Guptill goes bang. The ball just sails over cover fence.
NZ 6/0

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro make way to the middle for New Zealand. Shardul Thakur has the new ball in hand for India. A slip in place for him. Guptill to face first ball from Thakur. Here we go!

Both teams are out in the middle alongside match officials for the national anthems. We are just moments away from the start.

Playing XI for both teams

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert(w), Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett

Captains at the toss!

Virat Kohli: “Same thing, happy days (On both teams getting to do what they wanted). We had a brilliant chase the other night and we wanted to field first.. We were talking in the dug-out that had me and KL batted through, we would have won with two overs to spare. I think, it’s a gun wicket. We did well with the ball too in the last game. It suits better when we bowl first. We were happy with the performance, I don’t think there was any jet lag. We are going in with the same team. We want to do better in the field. We can stop extra 10 runs.”

Kane Williamson: “We are gonna have a bat. Obviously, it’s an used surface and there won’t be dew much. We wanna use the surface bat. It’s important that we execute our plans and put up a strong performance. We are playing the same team.”

Toss news: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson wins the toss and opts to bat first in the second T20I. Both teams are unchanged from the last game!

Pitch report: “Once again, we have got another beauty. It’s the same pitch that we had two days ago. There will just be a little more turn for the spinners than the first game. Grass cover is very good and it is expected to play very good again. There will be plenty of runs on offer,” said Mike Hesson and Sunil Gavaskar.

Players from both the teams are out in the park, warming up ahead of the second game of the 5-match series.

As far as head-to-head clashes are concerned, New Zealand still have a good 8-2 lead against the men in blue. In New Zealand too, the Blackcaps have a 4-2 lead

The Eden Park is all set!

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of the second T20I of the 5-match series between India and New Zealand in Auckland.

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