India in New Zealand, 3 T20 International Series, 2019

New Zealand vs India - 2nd T20I

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Date & Time: 08 February 2019

India 162/3

RR: 8.60 | India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma c Tim Southee & b Ish Sodhi c Tim Southee & b Ish Sodhi 502934
Shikhar Dhawan c Colin de Grandhomme & b Lockie Ferguson c Colin de Grandhomme & b Lockie Ferguson 303120
Rishabh Pant not out not out 402841
Vijay Shankar c Tim Southee & b Daryl Mitchell c Tim Southee & b Daryl Mitchell 14811
MS Dhoni not out not out 201710
Dinesh Karthik
Hardik Pandya
Krunal Pandya
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Yuzvendra Chahal
Khaleel Ahmed
Extras 8 (b 2, lb 1, w 5, nb 0)
Total 162 (3 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
79-1 (Rohit Sharma,9.2), 88-2 (Shikhar Dhawan,10.5), 118-3 (Vijay Shankar,13.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee4 0 34 0 8.50
Scott Kuggeleijn3.5 0 32 0 9.14
Lockie Ferguson4 0 31 1 7.75
Mitchell Santner2 0 16 0 8.00
Ish Sodhi4 0 31 1 7.75
Daryl Mitchell1 0 15 1 15.00

So that's all that we have from Auckland. We are now set to go to Hamilton with the series alive and all to play for. Only a day's gap between the games and New Zealand will have to pick themselves and come back just like India did today. Join us for the coverage of the third and final T20I of this tour that will begin at 2000 local (0700 GMT) on the 10th of February. Till then, take care and cheers!

India skipper, Rohit Sharma, says he's really pleased to see how they bowled to start with and then were clinical with the bat. Feels that there's quality in the side but they executed their plans well in this game, so is happy about that. Adds that it's important to understand the mistakes they made, learn from them and play with a clear mind. Reckons that the final game in Hamilton will be a tough one, but is relishing the challenge and winning the series there.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says it will always be difficult to replicate the performance from Wellington. Mentions that they should have been smarter with the bat and got to about 180-190. Reckons that the start for India took the game away from them. Continues saying that they are fully aware of the good things they've done, but are also cautious of the bad ones and they will work on them. Applauds the crowd in Eden Park as they always provide a fantastic atmosphere. Ends by saying that the decider will be a good one and hopes his team can deliver.

Man of the Match, Krunal Pandya, says he feels nice to contribute to the team's win. States that the dimensions of the ground here are different to Wellington, so you have to adapt which he did. Adds that there's everything to play for in Hamilton so is looking forward to it.

As for the Kiwi bowling, there was not much to speak about. They tried hard but the total was just too less for them to defend in the end. The Indian batters played them smarter and did not give them as many opportunities as they did in Wellington. Earlier on in the evening, Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat but a triple-strike from Krunal Pandya early on in the innings put their innings off track. Even a 77-run stand for the 5th wicket could not help them enough as the death bowling of the away team was also on point. In the end then, 158 was considered a very easy total to chase and that's what it proved to be. A clinical job from India. Presentations to follow...

FINALLY! India have a win in T20Is in New Zealand. It was always going to be difficult for the Kiwis to defend this score of 158 on the small ground. And it proved to be exactly the same way here as the Indians have reached the target in a canter with 7 balls to spare. The chase started in a brilliant fashion for the Men in Blue when stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma smashed the bowlers to all parts in the Powerplay as his partner Shikhar Dhawan gave him good company. The Hitman reached his fifty and immediately fell but by that time, he had ensured that his team was in a very comfortable position. Dhawan and Shankar too fell in an attempt to finish things off quickly but that did not hamper the visitors as Dhoni joined forces with Pant and finished things off for the touring team.

S Kuggeleijn to R Pant, FOUR! All over. Kuggeleijn delivers it very full and outside off, it's hammered down the ground by Pant and that wraps things up for India. VICTORY BY 7 WICKETS and the Men in Blue keep the series alive at 1-1 as we go to Hamilton.
S Kuggeleijn to R Pant, Another dot ball! Bouncer on middle, Rishabh is beaten by the bounce and pace.
S Kuggeleijn to R Pant, Fuller length ball on middle, pushed away to mid-wicket who makes a diving stop. The wait continues...
S Kuggeleijn to MS Dhoni, No, he doesn't. A shorter ball on middle, Dhoni looks to pull it away and does so but the ball goes off his arm and behind the stumps for a single.

MS Dhoni on strike. Can he finish things off in style? If he does, this crowd will go bonkers...

S Kuggeleijn to R Pant, Slower ball on the middle and leg stump line, Pant swivels and turns it away fine on the leg side for a single.

Scott Kuggeleijn to bowl the 19th.

L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Comes from 'round the wicket and angles across a length ball outside off. Dhoni stays back and threads it through covers for another two. Only 3 needed.
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Fullish and angling in on off, Dhoni is on the front foot as he pushes it back to the bowler.
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Bang! Short and wide outside off, Dhoni whacks it square of the wicket on the off side and collects another brace in this over.
L Ferguson to R Pant, Slower delivery, on a length around middle, Pant walks across and paddles it down towards short fine leg for a run.
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, A yorker outside off, Dhoni squeezes it out to point for one.
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Fullish and whipped behind square leg for a couple of runs.

Lockie Ferguson is back on.

Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, Oh, God! The screws are coming off the New Zealand train here. A length ball outside off, Dhoni pushes it to point and sets off for a quick single but decides against the run in the end. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end where Pant had backed up a long way but misses the stumps. There is no cover for the throw and an overthrow is taken. Needless from the Black Caps.
Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, On the hips this time, pushed away to deep mid-wicket and in the gap for a couple of runs.
Tim Southee to R Pant, Very full outside off, driven down to long on for a single by Pant.
Tim Southee to R Pant, SIX! You come into his arc, you go out of the park! A fuller length ball on middle and Pant just swings through the line, finishes with one hand off the handle. The ball still has enough to go over the deep mid-wicket fence.
Tim Southee to R Pant, Wide! Short of a length! The ball goes well over the batsman's head. Signalled wide by the umpire.
Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, Short and with pace this time, pulled away hard to deep square leg by the Indian keeper for a single.
Tim Southee to R Pant, Slower ball on top of middle by Southee. Pant looks to heave it away but the ball hits him on the sides and goes on the off side. A leg bye is stolen.
Ish Sodhi to R Pant, Shorter one to end the over, pulled away to deep square leg for a single. Sodhi ends with 4-0-31-1.
Ish Sodhi to MS Dhoni, Clever! Very clever from MS! Dhoni was charging down the ground to hit that one but Sodhi throws the ball flatter and well outside off to get the batsman stumped. Dhoni though adjusts as he puts his left hand out and keeps the ball out towards point. Picks up a single as well.
Ish Sodhi to MS Dhoni, Flatter one on middle, Dhoni adjusts with the slight turn and keeps it out towards cover.
Ish Sodhi to R Pant, Slower one pushed through well outside off, Pant hangs his bat out and hits it over the head of Ish for a single down to long on.
Ish Sodhi to R Pant, Always looked like dropping it, Taylor! Not sure eventually if he got even his fingertips on it. A short ball around leg, Pant top edges his attempted pull shot and it flies towards fine leg. Taylor runs from short fine leg but fails to catch the swirling ball. They take two.
Ish Sodhi to MS Dhoni, Skips down the track and forces it down to long on for a run.

Ish Sodhi returns.

Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, Shortish on off, Dhoni walks across and helps it through square leg for one. Every run from MS Dhoni's bat is being cheered by this jam-packed stadium.
Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, Walks down the track and punches it to the off side, finds the fielder at covers.
Tim Southee to R Pant, Quick single, a young lad and an old tiger stealing it right under mid off's nose. Southee aims for the blockhole but ends up serving a low full toss on off. Pant pushes it through the line and scampers across.
Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, Yet another short ball by Tim, this time Dhoni is nicely on the back foot as he blazes his pull shot to deep square leg for a run.
Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Dhoni starts with a boundary. Wrong line from Southee, short and around leg, MSD just turns inside the crease and pulls it fine down the leg side. The crowd certainly loved that.
Tim Southee to MS Dhoni, Starts with a length ball angling back into the batsman, Dhoni flicks it across the line, barring much timing and finds the mid-wicket fielder.

Tim Southee is back into the attack.

D Mitchell to R Pant, Short of a length outside off, Pant looks to cut it away but it was too close to his body. He misses out. A wicket in the over but expensive in the context of the game.
D Mitchell to R Pant, FOUR! The pressure after the wicket is let off on the very next ball. Shorter length ball on middle and leg, pulled away by Pant over short fine leg for a boundary.

MS DHONI walks in amidst a huge cheer from the crowd. Everyone loves this man, apart from a few troll handles on social media.

D Mitchell to V Shankar, OUT! Caught at the longer part of the boundary. That is the second time in this innings that an Indian batsman has holed out to the pull at deep mid-wicket. A half-tracker from Mitchell and it was a poor ball, should have been dispatched over the fence. Shankar looks to pull it away but the ball goes off the bottom of the bat and Tim Southee takes his second catch pretty easily. Shankar departs in a bid to score two sixes on the trot, India now need 41 runs in 38 balls.
D Mitchell to V Shankar, SIX! A low full toss smacked over long off for a six. Wow! Never mind the short boundary, that is a wonderful shot. Mitchell misses the yorker by some inches and Shankar lifts it on the full and deep over the long off boundary.
D Mitchell to R Pant, A fuller length ball outside off, driven hard past the bowler for a single down to long off.
D Mitchell to R Pant, FOUR! Welcome, Daryl! A length ball on middle and at his pace, it is just a half-volley. Pant flicks it over fine leg and for a boundary.

Daryl Mitchell into the attack.

S Kuggeleijn to V Shankar, FOUR! Just out of the reach of Williamson who was running back and into the fence. A length ball outside off, Shankar sees mid off up and lifts the ball over his head. Kane tries to run back but the ball is just too far. Good effort though from the NZ skipper.