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India vs New Zealand 2nd T20 Match Highlights: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul Fifties Propel India To Series-Clinching Win vs New Zealand | Cricket News

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India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Highlights: India finished off the game with seven wickets in hand to clinch the three-match series 2-0 against New Zealand in Ranchi at the JSCA International Stadium Complex. Chasing a target of 154 runs, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put on a century stand for the first wicket to give Team India a solid platform to overhaul the visitor’s target. Rahul departed for 65 runs while Rohit played a memorable knock of 55 before getting dismissed. India received a rare failure from Suryakumar Yadav but Rishabh Pant ensured that India crossed the finishing line with further delay.

Earlier, opting to bowl first, Indian bowlers restricted New Zealand to a total of 153/6 in 20 overs, despite an electric start from opener Martin Guptill, who surpassed Virat Kohli in the list of highest run-getters in T20Is. Guptill was dismissed for 31 by Deepak Chahar and the Indian spin duo of Axar Patel (1/26) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/19) tightened the screws on the Blackcaps thereafter. Debutant Harshal Patel starred with the ball as he picked up the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips to further dent Kiwis’ progress. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar were taken for plenty in the powerplay but came back strong as India didn’t allow New Zealand to post a big total.

Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field, citing the dew factor. Harshal Patel won a debut at the expense of Mohammed Siraj, who picked up an injury according to the Indian captain. Rohit Sharma started his journey as the full-time T20I captain of Team India in fine fashion with a five-wicket win in Jaipur. The new-look Indian team welcomed back the likes of Shreyas Iyer into the side, who was recovering from an injury. Venkatesh Iyer didn’t have much to show as he stayed at the crease for a brief period in the last over of the match and also wasn’t picked to bowl by Rohit.

Here are the two playing XIs

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee(c), Adam Milne, Trent Boult

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India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel

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India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Highlights From JSCA International Stadium Complex In Ranchi







  • 22:54 (IST)

    Rishabh Pant finishes the match in style, India clinch series 2-0

    India Win By 7 Wickets !

    Rishabh Pant finished the game in his natural aggressive way and helped India go past the finishing line with seven wickets in hand

    With this win, India have also clinched the three-match series 2-0 with one last T20I scheduled to be played in Kolkata

    Though India lost three wickets in quick succession in the latter half of the run-chase, the match never really looked out of their grasp

    Rahul and Rohit’s fifty ensured India were always ahead in the chase while Pant finished the game in style

  • 22:44 (IST)

    Suryakumar follows Rohit, gets dismissed early for 1 run

    Suryakumar Yadav has a rare failure and departs for just 1 run

    India still need 17 runs off 24 balls

  • 22:40 (IST)

    Rohit departs to Southee after reaching his half-century, India are two down

    Rohit has departed right after reaching an epic fifty but majority of the work seems to be already done

    Venkatesh and Suryakumar will be looking to provide the finishing act now

  • 22:38 (IST)

    Rohit reaches fifty in style, hits Adam Milne for a huge six on the leg-side

    Rohit Sharma has played a captain’s knock with a stylish fifty off 35 balls

    India are almost there as they aim to clinch the series 2-0 here itself

  • 22:29 (IST)

    KL Rahul falls for 65 runs but India look in full control

    KL Rahul’s innings of 65 runs off 49 balls came to an end when he was held onto in the deep by Glenn Phillips off Santner’s bowling

    India, though, seem to be cruising towards a well-earned victory here but they still need a finishing act

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Rahul-Rohit partnership slowly taking the game away from NZ

    The run-rate required has almost dropped to a run-a-ball, thanks to the unbeaten Rahul-Rohit partnership which is doing the job nicely

    India need 49 more runs in 48 balls

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Fifty for KL Rahul, India cruising towards 154-run target

    KL Rahul has reached his fifty in 40 balls and looks good for more

    His innings has included shots all around the park with minimum risk

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Mid-way in run-chase, India need 75 more runs to win

    Rahul and Rohit look in total control halfway in their run-chase against NZ bowlers

    India need 75 more runs to win in the last 10 overs

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Rohit Sharma has switched gears, hits twin sixes against Santner

    Rohit Sharma finally has his innings going after a slow start

    Hits two towering sixes off Santner to improve India’s run-chase in chase of 154 runs

  • 21:55 (IST)

    Rahul is closing in on fifty, Rohit looks calm at the other end

    After eight overs in the run-chase, India are looking pretty at 57/0

    Rahul and Rohit are carrying the responsibility of the run-chase in a well-calculated manner

  • 21:43 (IST)

    India 45/0 after 6 overs in their run-chase of 154 runs vs NZ

    After the poweplay, India will be quite happy to not lose a single wicket with 45 runs on the board

    The target of 154 runs will have to be defended by the NZ bowlers with better discipline in the coming overs

  • 21:34 (IST)

    Indian openers have given the side a solid start inside the powerplay

    Both Rahul and Rohit are looking set against the visitor’s bowling line-up, which has till now looked a bit off-colour

    India have posted 32 in the first four overs in their chase of 154 runs

  • 21:23 (IST)

    With Rohit Sharma yet to face a ball, Rahul has displayed great intent

    Rahul is looking in some fine form as he is middling the nicely against the pacers

    NZ can bring in a spinner to take the pace off and make it difficult for batters 

  • 21:17 (IST)

    KL Rahul makes his intentions pretty clear with confident start

    KL Rahul gathers 8 runs in the first over as India are looking to confident in their run-chase

    Rohit Sharma is yet to play a single ball

  • 21:02 (IST)

    NZ Post 153/6 in 20 overs as Indian bowlers bring the team back in death overs

    The Indian bowlers got the team back into the game after a flying start by the Kiwis batters

    Ashwin and Axar Patel starred in the middle-overs as well as the death to deflate the visitor’s batting which looked quite inspired since the beginning

    India will be looking for a good start from KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in their attempt to chase down 154 runs for victory in 20 overs and clinch the three-match series 2-0

    However, Boult and Southee will be tough to take on, specially in the initial overs

  • 20:53 (IST)

    Last over in the process, Deepak bowling well here

    Deepak Chahar is bowling his heart out as NZ are struggling to middle the ball in the final over

    NZ need to make the most of these last few balls

  • 20:49 (IST)

    Neesham displays spirit of cricket moment as he walks after edging ball

    Neesham walks after edging a Bhuvneshwar slower ball as India are dominating the play in the last phase of the innings

    Kumar fights back after a tough day in the initial stage of the match

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Harshal takes his second wicket as NZ are looking vulnerable at the death

    Phillips departs as Harshal grabs yet another wicket to ensure the run-rate doesn’t go up in the death overs

    Harshal is proving quite a tough guy to hit other than some bad balls following the good ones

  • 20:32 (IST)

    Ashwin dismissed Seifert for 13 runs off 15 balls to give India big breakthrough

    Ashwin got the reward of some tight bowling as he dismissed Seifert for 13 runs off 15 balls 

    India are right into the game as they need more wickets to put a lid on the scoring

  • 20:25 (IST)

    Bhuvneshwar concedes 11 runs in NZ’s 15th over of batting

    Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar went for 11 runs as NZ batters kept the pressure intact on India’s bowling

    NZ will like to make the most of the last 5 overs and post a big score

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Phillips is looking dangerous by the over as he welcomes Chahar with a six

    Chahar was welcomed back for his second spell by Phillips with a towering six on the leg-side

    He will need to get his length sorted as NZ are looking to up the run-rate and put up a big score

  • 20:10 (IST)

    Harshal Patel gets Daryl Mitchell to claim his first international wicket

    Patel was over the moon to claim his first international wicket as he got rid of Daryl Mitchell for 31 runs off 28 balls

    Patel has pulled India right back into the game

  • 20:02 (IST)

    Axar Patel has a catch dropped by Venkatesh Iyer to give Phillips a lifeline

    Venkatesh Iyer juggled the ball more than three times as he dropped a sitter to give Phillips a lifeline off Axar

    India could be at the receiving end of Phillips fury in the latter half of the innings 

  • 19:56 (IST)

    NZ have posted 84/2 mid-way in their innings vs India

    NZ are on the right track and have posted 84/2 in the first 10 overs

    India, on the other hand, will want to bowl a couple of overs quickly and get a foot back in the game

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Ashwin is on song with tight middle overs

    Ashwin is proving a tough nut to crack by the NZ batters

    He is in his third over and has given only 15 runs so far. Rohit will want to keep his last over for the last phase of the innings

  • 19:49 (IST)

    Axar Patel gets rid of Chapman for 21 runs off 17 balls

    Axar gets rid of Chapman for 21 runs off 17 balls. The batter was looking to take on Axar but fell while at the long-off position

    India have to make more inroads to get back into the game

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Harshal starts international career with a tight over

    Harshal Patel starts his international career with a five-run over. Patel can come in handy at the end of the innings with his clever variations

    It will be interesting to see how Rohit uses the pacer

  • 19:35 (IST)

    Powerplay clearly belongs to NZ with more than 10 rpo scored

    Despite losing Martin Guptill mid-way in the powerplay, NZ continued to score at a brisk pace with Mark Chapman joining in the fireworks with Mitchell

    64/1 after 6 overs will make the NZ camp happy while Dravid will be a bit worried

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Mark Chapman starts with a boundary as India look for more wickets

    A good over by Chahar ends but Mark Chapman will be brimming with confidence with a boundary off the first ball he faces

    With NZ 56/1 after 5 overs, India will be aiming for more wickets

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Deepak Chahar sends back Guptill for 31 runs for India’s 1st wicket

    India have claimed the dangerous wicket of Martin Guptill for 31 runs

    Deepak Chahar gets a sweet revenge after being hit for a huge six by the batter

    Mark Chapman comes in as the next batter

  • 19:22 (IST)

    NZ are taking the attack to Indian bowlers early-on with strong start

    42 runs in the first four overs means New Zealand are off to a brilliant start 

    Guptill and Mitchell are looking in some form here

  • 19:20 (IST)

    Guptill hit on the head by Bhuvneshwar’s rising ball

    Guptill was hit on the head by a sharp Kumar delivery after the batter had welcomed the bowler with a six straight down the ground

    Concussion tests in place 

  • 19:17 (IST)

    Axar Patel starts tightly and gives away only 5 runs

    Axar Patel gave India some respite from New Zealand’s explosive start as he bowled tight lines and lengths to keep the batters guessing

    NZ will aim for a big score here 

  • 19:10 (IST)

    Mitchell has joined the party as he hits two back-to-back fours

    Mitchell has taken the attack to Deepak Char with two fours straight down the ground as New Zealand are off to a brilliant start here

    Indian bowlers are still trying to find the right line and length to bowl

  • 19:08 (IST)

    Martin Guptill has surpassed Kohli as highest T20I run -getter

    Guptill has now more international T20I runs than any other player in the world as he goes past Kohli’s 3227 runs

    Guptill is continuing the good show at the start here

  • 19:05 (IST)

    KL Rahul drops a difficult chance of Guptill in the first over

    A running-back KL Rahul dropped opener Martin Guptill on the fourth ball of Bhuvneshwar’s first over

    Guptill will like to make the most of it now as he hits the last ball for a four to end at 14/0 after the first over

  • 19:03 (IST)

    Guptill edges first ball for a boundary for a four to get going

    Guptill starts tentatively as he edges the first ball past the first slip for NZ’s first four of the innings

    Bhuvneshwar has movement on offer straightaway

  • 19:01 (IST)

    NZ Innings Beings as Guptill and Mitchell Take Strike

    Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell are in the middle as they face pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over

    2nd T20I begins

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Martin Guptill can go past Virat Kohli’s massive record in T20Is

    New Zealand opener Martin Guptill needs only 11 runs to go past Virat Kohli’s T20I aggregate of 3227 runs

    Guptill currently has scored 3217 runs in 110 T20Is for NZ

  • 18:56 (IST)

    A late debut for Harshal Patel in his career – He joins an elite list

    Harshal Patel has been handed his debut quite late in his career. He becomes the sixth oldest T20I debutant for India 

    Patel joins an elite list of players:

    38y 232d Rahul Dravid 

    33y 221d Sachin Tendulkar 

    31y 177d Sreenath Aravid 

    31y 44d Stuart Binny 

    31y 39d Murali Kartik 

    30y 361d HARSHAL PATEL

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