IND vs NZ 2nd T20I: KL Rahul continues to impress as India go 2-0 up
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Updated: January 26, 2020 4:15:01 pm


KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 57 from 50 balls. (Source: Twitter/BCCI)

KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer as soon as once more proved their mettle as the duo guided India to a convincing seven-wicket win over New Zealand within the second T20I in Auckland on Sunday. Rahul remained unbeaten on 57 from 50 balls, whereas middle-order batsman Iyer fetched 44 in 33 deliveries, serving to the staff chase down a paltry 133 in simply 17.three overs.

With this emphatic victory, the Men In Blue have now taken a 2-0 lead within the five-match collection and are only one win away from profitable their maiden T20I collection in New Zealand.

Toss: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson gained the toss and elected to bat first.

First Innings: After electing to bat first, Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro received off to a cautious begin including 48 runs within the powerplay overs. Shradul Thakur, who had an off recreation within the earlier encounter, inflicted the primary blow on the hosts as he eliminated Guptill on 33 (20) within the remaining supply of the sixth over.

New Zealand batsmen failed to replicate their present as that they had produced within the collection opener and have been quickly discovered dwindling in entrance of the Indian bowling assault.

Colin Munro, who smashed a half-century within the first T20I, was the second man to be eliminated on 26 (25) by Shivam Dube.

Kiwi skipper Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor additionally couldn’t do a lot as the hosts might solely handle 132/5 of their respective 20 overs.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja was the important thing bowler as he bowled 9 dots and picked two wickets in his 4 overs quota. Meanwhile, seamers Jasprit Bumrah, Shradul, and Dube scalped a wicket every.

Second Innings: Rohit Sharma’s poor present with the bat continued as the 32-year-old as soon as once more failed to attain double digits within the ongoing T20I collection. Skipper Kohli additionally couldn’t do a lot as he was eliminated on 11(12) by Tim Southee.

However, a strong 86-run stand between Rahul and Iyer for the third-wicket ensured India one other emphatic win over the hosts.

Game changer: India all-rounder Jadeja was the sport changer contemplating the road and size the left-arm spinner maintained within the conflict. In a peculiarly formed floor with shorter boundary size, the Kiwis failed to rating a single boundary within the 24 deliveries he bowled. The all-rounder conceded simply 18 runs in 4 overs, out of which 9 have been dots.

Brief Score: New Zealand – 132/5 in 20 overs (Tim Seifert – 33*, Colin Munro – 33; Ravindra Jadeja – 18/2, Jasprit Bumrah – 21/1) | India – 135/three in 17.three overs (KL Rahul – 57*, Shreyas Iyer – 44; Tim Southee – 20/2, Ish Sodhi 33/1)

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