INDvNZ 2nd T20I: Rohit, Pant Steers Team India To 7 Wicket Victory In Auckland

| February 8 , 2019 , 16:17 IST

Rohit Sharma led Indian team outplayed New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland as the Men in Blue comfortably won the 2nd T20I by 7-wickets on Friday.

Indian openers Rohit and Dhawan led the charge from the front as they made a valuable stand of 79 runs in 9 overs. Rohit scored 50 runs in 29 balls with four sixes & 3 fours and brought up his 26th ODI half-century.

Dhawan scored 30 off 31 balls. The young gun Rishabh Pant also played a match-winning knock as he scored 40* runs in 28 balls with 4 boundaries and 1 six.

The former captain MS Dhoni scored 20 runs in 17 balls.

Krunal Pandya became Man of the match for his magical bowling spell.

During the presentation, the Indian Captain said, "very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes. It's important to understand the mistakes that we made."

"It's been a long tour for everyone. So we didn't want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind. It's going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they're still a quality side," he added.

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Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first in their bid to seal the series.

Colin de Grandhomme played an outstanding knock of 50 runs in 28 balls with four sixes and a four. Ross Taylor also played a sensible inning of 42 runs in 36 balls.

Krunal Pandya bagged 3 wickets, highest for the Indian team.

At the top of the order, Krunal and Bhuvneshwar inflicted the early damage to leave New Zealand four down after winning the toss. Khaleel added to the pressure with two key wickets as well.

Kiwis did not find a good opening as Tim Seifert fell on 12 runs. Munro also fell on 12. Williamson was looking in good touch but he also got out on 20.