India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020

New Zealand vs India - 2nd T20I

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Date & Time: 26 January 2020

India 135/3

RR: 7.71 | India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

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So that is it from this game. India head to Hamilton with a 2-0 lead in this 5-match series. New Zealand will hope to find their magic back again and fight back in the series in Hamilton. Join us for the third T20I on Wednesday, 29th January. That match will begin at 2000 local (0700 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

For his unbeaten and match-winning knock of 57 off 50 balls, KL Rahul has been adjudged the Man of the Match. Rahul says that the circumstances were different so he knew what he had to do as it was a different pitch. Tells he needed to adjust as they lost Kohli and Rohit early. Shares that he has always put the team ahead and has luckily come up with the right shot and the right choices.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that they backed up the last win with another good performance, especially with the ball. Tells it was a very good feature of their side as they managed to restrict a very good New Zealand batting lineup to 132. Tells they understood the angle of the field better and says he needed to think a bit as a captain and credits his bowlers for their performance. On whether he is looking to make any changes in the coming games, Kohli says he might not as they have managed to win both the games with the same side and tells that Hamilton has a better ground dimensions than here.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says it was a tough day and the wicket was different. Adds they were 15-20 runs short and credits the Indian players for the way they bowled. Adds that the Indian players showed their experience and did not allow their spinners to trouble them. On being asked if he would bat again, Williamson says maybe a bit better. Tells that they hope to go to Hamilton and assess the conditions better.

Earlier in the day after opting to bat, New Zealand struggled and were restricted to 132 courtesy a brilliant bowling performance from India which was led by Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah. Only Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert showed some fight for the Kiwis.

A valiant effort from the New Zealand bowlers but defending 133 against this batting heavy Indian side was always going to need some taking. They needed something magical but that never came. Southee tried and provided them two early wickets but that was it. Sodhi and Santner were economical but Bennett and Tickner had a tough outing and in the end, they had a very small target to defend.

Chasing 133, India got off to a poor start losing both Rohit and Kohli early but Rahul and Shreyas Iyer steadied the ship and barring some comical running they were just superb in their approach. They took their time and accelerate at ease. Rahul got to his fifty and stayed unbeaten while Iyer felt just 6 short of another fifty and made a mockery of the chase winning with more than 2 overs to spare.

Another day, another chase and another win for the Men in Blue! They have made this a habit of chasing down totals and with this win, they have made it 2-0 in the series.

17.3
6
Tim Southee to S Dube, SIX! There's the winning run. A short ball on middle, Dube gets in position and hammers it over wide long on for a biggie! INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS.
17.2
1
Tim Southee to KL Rahul, Landed on a length on middle, Rahul punches it to long on for a single.
17.1
1
Tim Southee to S Dube, Short and outside off, Dube cuts it to deep point for a single.

Tim Southee to bowl what can be the final over of the game.

16.6
1
Ish Sodhi to S Dube, Full toss outside off, Dube strokes it to long off for a single.
16.5
0
Ish Sodhi to S Dube, Flatter one on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket.
16.4
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Full and on middle, Rahul flicks it to long on for a run.

Shivam Dube walks in next.

16.3
0
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, OUT! Caught! Sodhi takes the skier and Iyer departs. A slower one around off, Iyer has to reach out for this one as he looks to launch it over long off. However, he ends up getting a lot of height than distance. Southee from long off moves to his right and does well to pouch the ball with a forward dive. End of Iyer for tonight but he has played an excellent knock once again. 8 more needed off 21 balls. 50th wicket for Sodhi in T20Is.
16.3
0
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, WIDE! Sodhi tries to stay away from the firing line but ends up bowling it way outside off.
16.2
6
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, SIX! Huge. What a strike from Iyer! A flighted ball on middle, it is in the slot for Iyer. He just gets to the pitch and slams it sailing over long on for another maximum.
16.1
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, On the pads, it is tucked towards square leg for a single.

Ish Sodhi to bowl out.

15.6
1
B Tickner to KL Rahul, Short again, Rahul pulls it with power to deep mid-wicket for a run. 14 from the over and India need 16 more in 4 overs.
15.5
1
B Tickner to S Iyer, Slower one around off, Iyer taps it towards point and takes a single.
15.4
4
B Tickner to S Iyer, SIX! Now a maximum with innovation! Iyer is once again playing a little gem of an innings! Tickner bowls a back of a length ball on middle, Iyer waits for it and then at the very last moment just helps it on its way over the third man fence for another maximum.
15.3
6
B Tickner to S Iyer, SIX! Hammered! Excellent shot from Iyer! Tickner bowls a fuller ball in the slot for Iyer. He backs away and slams it over long off for a huge six.
15.2
1
B Tickner to KL Rahul, Another ball angled into the batter, it ends on the pads of Rahul. He helps it towards fine leg for a single.
15.1
1
B Tickner to S Iyer, On the pads of Iyer, he flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
14.6
0
H Bennett to KL Rahul, Another run out opportunity goes abegging. Poor calling between the two batters. It is a length ball on middle, Rahul tucks it towards mid-wicket. Rahul wants a single but Iyer says no. However, Rahul is on the move already and he has to return. The fielder there picks the ball and fires the throw at the striker's end but misses. Poor from the batters and criminal from the Kiwis as they are in the need of wickets in heaps, if they are to make any comeback in this game. End of an eventful over.
14.5
0
H Bennett to KL Rahul, Length ball around off, it is guided towards point.
14.5
0
H Bennett to KL Rahul, FIVE WIDES! Bennett goes for another short one this time but it is banged way over. Rahul lets it go and the keeper cannot do anything about it either. It sails over him and goes to the fine leg fence.
14.4
4
H Bennett to KL Rahul, FOUR! Now, from the middle of the bat and it is FIFTY FOR RAHUL. 2nd in a row and 11th in T20Is! A fuller ball on middle, Rahul gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over covers. It goes to the fence on the bounce.
14.3
6
H Bennett to KL Rahul, SIX! Wow! Unbelievable! These boundaries are so small. It keeps sailing over! A back of a length ball around off, Rahul looks to pull but gets a leading edge. The ball though flies over the third man fence for a biggie!
14.2
1
H Bennett to S Iyer, Hits the deck hard just outside off, Iyer moves towards his noff stump and looks to pull but the ball goes off his glove for a single.
14.1
0
H Bennett to S Iyer, Good length delivery on off, Iyer defends it calmly.
13.6
1
B Tickner to S Iyer, Length ball on the pads, it is worked towards the leg side for a single.
13.5
0
B Tickner to S Iyer, Short and outside off, Iyer looks to upper cut but misses.
13.4
0
B Tickner to S Iyer, Run out chance missed! A short ball outside off, Iyer looks to cut but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and goes back to the bowler, Rahul wants the run but Iyer does not respond. Rahul is almost halfway in the middle. Tickner throws the ball at the non-striker's end but misses and Rahul returns safely. However, the fielder backing up from mid off fires the throw at the striker's end. He scores the direct hit but replays show that Iyer was in.
13.3
1
B Tickner to KL Rahul, Shortish around off, Rahul tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
13.2
1
B Tickner to S Iyer, Shortish and outside off, Iyer guides it to third man for a run.
13.1
2
B Tickner to S Iyer, Angles the first ball on the pads of Iyer, he flicks it towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.

Blair Tickner is back on!

12.6
1
M Santner to S Iyer, Flighted ball outside off, it is fuller too. Iyer drives it to long off for a single. 51 more needed in 7 overs.
12.5
1
M Santner to KL Rahul, Very full ball on middle, Rahul strokes it to long on for a run.
12.4
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, On middle, guided towards point.
12.3
2
M Santner to KL Rahul, Full and outside off, it is eased for a single to deep point.
12.2
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, Flighted fuller ball around off, it is pushed to the left of the bowler who makes a fine stop on that side.
12.1
2
M Santner to KL Rahul, A couple to begin the new over! Short and outside off, Rahul punches it to deep cover and before the fielder can come across to pick the ball up, the batters scampers back for two.
11.6
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Short and on middle, Rahul pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
11.5
1
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Slightly quicker on middle and leg, Shreyas looks to once again hit it towards long on but it goes behind square on the leg side off the inner half of his bat for a single.
11.4
6
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, SIX! This one is out of here, Iyer was looking for the big one and he has got the ball to free his arms. Shreyas loves to take on the spinners and he has done just that. Tossed up on middle and leg, Iyer goes downtown and sends it a few rows behind the long on fence for a biggie.
11.3
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, On the pads, Rahul turns it to the leg side and rotates the strike.
11.3
0
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, WIDE! Sodhi goes wide outside off, too wide as it it on the wrong side of the tramline.
11.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Shorter on middle and leg, Iyer milks it to long on for an easy single.
11.1
2
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Excellent save! A full ball on middle, Iyer skips down the track and looks go downtown. However, the ball takes the inner half of the bat and goes towards fine leg. Tickner from deep square leg runs to his right and makes a diving stop. Rahul though wanted the third but Iyer sends him back. While returning, Iyer drops his bat but manages to return in time. The third umpire has been called in for the confirmation if the save is clean. The third umpire checks multiple angles and then deems it in the favour of the fielder. Two runs taken.
10.6
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, Floated around off, it is blocked off the front foot.
10.5
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, On off, defended.
10.4
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, A quicker one this time, it is slightly on the shorter side too. It skids off the surface. Rahul does well to push back to the bowler.
10.3
1
M Santner to S Iyer, Fires it on the pads, Iyer whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
10.2
1
M Santner to KL Rahul, Bowls a loopy ball around off, Rahul strokes it towards cover and crosses over for a run.
10.1
1
M Santner to S Iyer, Flatter ball around off, pushed through covers for a single.
9.6
0
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Short and outside off, Rahul cuts really well but finds the point fielder. 60/2 at the halfway mark. 73 more needed in the final 10 overs.
9.5
0
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Bowls a full ball around off, it is defended towards mid on.
9.4
0
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Shortish ball around off, Rahul punches it back to the bowler. Sodhi does well to stop with a dive.
9.3
1
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Full and outside off, Iyer looks to flick but the ball hits the toe end of the bat and goes to deep mid-wicket. Only a run.
9.2
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Shortish and around off, Rahul cuts it to deep cover for a single.
9.1
1
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Short and outside off, Iyer pulls it to long on for a single.
8.6
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, Fires it around off, Rahul finds the cover fielder to his drive.
8.5
4
M Santner to KL Rahul, FOUR! Deft touch! A quicker one outside off, Rahul waits for it and at the last moment, almost off the gloves off the keeper guides it to the third man fence. The short third man chases the ball but comes second.
8.4
1
M Santner to S Iyer, Slower through the air and around off and middle, pushed towards covers for a single.
8.3
1
M Santner to KL Rahul, Short and outside off, KL pushes it to deep cover for another run.
8.2
1
M Santner to S Iyer, Full and around off, Iyer strokes it to sweeper cover for an easy run.
8.1
1
M Santner to KL Rahul, Flatter one on middle, Rahul tucks it towards square leg for a single. 50 up for India with that run.
7.6
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Loopy ball on middle, Rahul works it towards the leg side for a single.
7.5
1
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Bowls a fuller one on middle, Iyer flicks it to long on for a single.
7.4
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Loopy ball on middle, Rahul pushes it through mid on for a single.
7.3
2
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Short and outside off now, Rahul cuts it to deep point and before Guptill can run across to his left from deep cover, Rahul gets two.

Sodhi delivers the ball but Iyer walks away. Says that he was not ready there.

7.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Iyer, Flatter and around off, Iyer pushes it to long off for a run.
7.1
1
Ish Sodhi to KL Rahul, Short and on middle, it is pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Ish Sodhi is on now.

6.6
1
M Santner to KL Rahul, Tossed up on off, Rahul milks it to long off and keeps the strike. Just 2 off Santner's first. India need 91 off 78 now.
6.5
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, Floated on off, Rahul plays it to point.
6.4
0
M Santner to KL Rahul, Arm ball outside off, Rahul leaves it alone. Seldom do you see a batsman leaving a ball in T20s that too in a chase.
6.3
1
M Santner to S Iyer, Flighted on off, Shreyas plays it through mid off for a run.
6.2
0
M Santner to S Iyer, Short again and once again Iyer finds the man at point.
6.1
0
M Santner to S Iyer, Santner starts with a flatter delivery on off, Shreyas punches it to cover.

Spin time as Mitchell Santner comes into the attack.

5.6
1
Tim Southee to S Iyer, Iyer is off the mark. Good length delivery around off, Shreyas drives it on the up to deep point and gets a single. End of a very good spell from Southee inside the Powerplay! Just 12 runs off his 3 overs but more importantly two of the big wickets in the form of Rohit and Kohli. India 40/2 at the end of Powerplay, NZ at the same stage were 48/1.
5.5
0
Tim Southee to S Iyer, Bouncer! A well-directed one as well. It is right on the money but Shreyas ducks under it.
5.4
0
Tim Southee to S Iyer, Fuller on off, Shreyas defends it off his front foot.
5.3
0
Tim Southee to S Iyer, Full around off, Iyer looks to drive on the up but it comes off the inner half of his bat and goes to the leg side.

Shreyas Iyer walks out to the middle. He was the Man of the Match in the last game but he injured his knee in the first innings. Let's see how he copes up with that.

5.2
0
Tim Southee to V Kohli, OUT! Caught behind! Brilliant, brilliant take from Seifert behind the wicket. A length ball angled into the pads, Kohli looks to flick but manages just a tickle down the leg side. Seifert flies to his left and snaffles the ball brilliantly. 94 more needed in 88 balls.
5.1
0
Tim Southee to V Kohli, Good length ball around off, Kohli guides it towards point.

Tim Southee is back to bowl his third, inside the Powerplay itself.

4.6
0
B Tickner to KL Rahul, Full and around off, pushed towards covers. 15 from the over, not what the hosts would've wanted from Tickner.
4.5
6
B Tickner to KL Rahul, SIX! Up and over! Runs coming thick and fast for India in this run chase! Short and outside off from Tickner, Rahul simply upper cuts it and the ball sails over the man at third man.
4.4
2
B Tickner to KL Rahul, Another couple! A full ball on the pads of Rahul, he flicks it towards deep mid-wicket and bags a couple.
4.3
1
B Tickner to V Kohli, Fuller and around off, guided towards third man for a single.
4.2
2
B Tickner to V Kohli, A couple now! Could've been easily four there. A length ball around off, Kohli punches it straight down the ground. It is too straight and hits the stumps at the other end. It goes wide of the man at mid on and a couple of runs are taken.
4.1
4
B Tickner to V Kohli, FOUR! Lofts it over mid off. A slower one from Tickner but it is outside off, Kohli lofts it and clears the man at mid off. Once the ball goes over, it is destined to reach the fence.

Bowling change! Blair Tickner is on now.

3.6
1
H Bennett to V Kohli, Length ball around off and middle, it is worked behind square leg for a single. 8 from the over.
3.5
0
H Bennett to V Kohli, Full ball just outside off, Kohli pushes it towards backward point and wants a single. However, Rahul says a loud no.
3.4
0
H Bennett to V Kohli, Short ball around off, Kohli looks to upper cut but misses.
3.3
1
H Bennett to KL Rahul, Length ball around off, Rahul taps it towards point for a single.
3.2
4
H Bennett to KL Rahul, FOUR! Just helps it to the fence! A short of a length ball around off, Rahul short pulls it and it races away to the deep square leg fence. It was timed really well.
3.1
2
H Bennett to KL Rahul, Misfield and a couple of runs! A full ball on middle, Rahul flicks it well but it is going straight to short fine leg. Sodhi there misfields and the batters bag a couple. Sodhi does well to get up and stop the ball before it reaches the ropes.
2.6
1
Tim Southee to KL Rahul, Length ball angled into the pads, Rahul tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single. Another tidy over from Southee. Just 3 from it.
2.5
0
Tim Southee to KL Rahul, Short and outside off, Rahul goes for the pull but ends up mistiming it to mid on.
2.4
0
Tim Southee to KL Rahul, Good length ball on off, Rahul pushes it back to the bowler.
2.3
1
Tim Southee to V Kohli, Full and on middle, Kohli whips it to deep mid-wicket and takes a run.
2.2
1
Tim Southee to KL Rahul, Length ball around off, Rahul pushes it towards point and before Munro can stop the ball with a dive, a single taken.
2.1
0
Tim Southee to KL Rahul, Good length ball around off, Rahul pushes it towards covers.
1.6
0
H Bennett to V Kohli, Full and outside off, Kohli pushes it towards backward point. Fine start from Bennnett too, just 5 from it.
1.5
2
H Bennett to V Kohli, Skipper is off and running now! It is a slower one outside off, Kohli pulls it to the man at wide long on and calls for two straightaway. Completes it easily in the end.
1.4
0
H Bennett to V Kohli, Full and around off, Kohli blocks it towards covers and wants a single but Rahul says a loud no.
1.3
1
H Bennett to KL Rahul, Short and on middle, Rahul this time pulls it to deep square leg to go to the other end.
1.2
2
H Bennett to KL Rahul, Shortish around off, Rahul taps it through point and bags a couple of runs to get off the mark.
1.1
0
H Bennett to KL Rahul, Brilliant start from Bennett! He bends his back and bowls a bumper on the body. Rahul is in two mind there as to whether he should leave it or guide it to third man. In the end he sways away from it and falls down in the process.

Hamish Bennett to bowl from the other end.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is the new man in!

0.6
0
Tim Southee to R Sharma, OUT! Caught! New Zealand strike in the first over. A full ball outside off, Rohit without any feet movement goes for the drive but the ball takes the outside edge and goes straight to wide first slip. Taylor there makes no mistake and sends Sharma packing. The hosts needed a wicket early on and they have got the dangerous Rohit Sharma back in the hut. They have no time to rest though as this is a very strong Indian batting line-up.
0.5
4
Tim Southee to R Sharma, EDGY FOUR! A good length ball around off, it shapes away a touch and squares up Rohit in defense. The ball takes the outside edge and races away to the fence.
0.4
0
Tim Southee to R Sharma, Slightly shortish and around off, Rohit taps it towards short third man.
0.3
0
Tim Southee to R Sharma, Full and just outside off, pushed towards covers.
0.2
4
Tim Southee to R Sharma, FOUR! Rohit and India are underway! Overpitched ball outside off, Rohit leans into the shot and drills it through covers. No need to run for these.
0.1
0
Tim Southee to R Sharma, A good length ball around off first up, it is defended towards covers.

We are back for the run chase! The two Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul walk out to the middle. The New Zealand players are already out in the middle. Tim Southee with the ball first up. Here we go...