Twitter Reactions: India’s clinical performance brings them level

After New Zealand’s commanding victory in Wellington, it was India’s turn to turn the tables. The Eden Park, Auckland, the venue for the 2nd T20I, was filled with a huge Indian contingent. And they weren’t disappointed one bit as India bounced back with a clinical performance.

Kane Williamson opted to bat first after winning the toss. The intensity from the visitors was evident from the outset. Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the perfect start by removing Tim Seifert for 12 in the 3rd over. There was a halt in the scoring rate during the powerplay. Krunal Pandya then broke the back of Kiwi batting as he dismissed Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell and Williamson in quick succession.

The hosts were down to 50/4 in the 8th over. Colin de Grandhomme then counter-attacked and along with Ross Taylor, added 77 runs for the 5th wicket. But as his knock of 50 from 28 ended, the Indian bowlers pounced on the opportunity again. Some good death bowling by Bhuvneshwar and Khaleel Ahmed restricted New Zealand to 158/8.

The Indian openers were positive from the beginning. The stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma was at his fluent best. He took the attack to the opposition and scored 50 from just 29 balls. The opening pair added 79 runs that put India in a commanding position.

New Zealand managed to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar along the way. But Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni took the side past the line with a stand of 44 runs. Pant made an unbeaten 40 while Dhoni stayed not out at 20. India managed to level the series and set up a decider in the last game.

Match Summary

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first

New Zealand: 158/8 in 20 overs

Colin de Grandhomme 50 (28), Ross Taylor 42 (36)

Krunal Pandya 28/3 (4), Khaleel Ahmed 27/2 (4)

India: 162/3 in 18.5 overs

Rohit Sharma 50 (29), Rishabh Pant 40 (28)

Lockie Ferguson 31/1 (4), Daryl Mitchell 15/1 (1)

India won by 7 wickets

Player of the Match: Krunal Pandya


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