Vijay Shankar’s rocket throw to run-out Ross Taylor

Aubrey Yates
February 10, 2019

Stand-in Skipper Rohit Sharma after becoming the leading run-scorer in the T20 global, led India from the front as they defeated hosts by seven wickets to level the three-match series 1-1.

Rohit Sharma became the highest run scorer in Twenty20 worldwide history Friday as India romped to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second T20 in Auckland. Loud and energetic. Gotta love the passion for the Indian team and players that the fans present.

Pant's one-handed six off Tim Southee or the bowler's back drive off Scott Kuggeleijn to finish off the match were reminiscent of Dhoni's best days. Pant hit four boundaries and a six in all.

While bowling, Krunal enhanced his already growing reputation as a steady short-format bowler with three important breakthroughs.

He was given out lbw to Krunal Pandya in the seventh over of New Zealand's innings by the on-field umpires, and opted for a review on the insistence of his skipper Kane Williamson, who was at the non-striker's end.

The unsafe opening duo of Colin Munro and Seifert put the Indian pacers under tremendous pressure early on in the innings and dismissing them cheaply will be crucial for the visitors' chances.

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Taylor departed on 42 after a superb run out from Vijay Shankar, who made a direct hit on the stumps after firing the ball in from deep in the outfield.

However, it was Krunal, who really applied the brakes after being brought in inside the Power Play overs. While left-handed opener Munro hit one straight to cover, Williamson was caught plumb in front.

Predicted Playing XI: Colin Munro, Tom Seifert, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchel Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, and Lockie Ferguson. Total (for eight wkts.in 20 overs): 158.

India slumped to an 80-run loss in the opening fixture - their worst ever T20 defeat - and need a win to keep the three-match series alive.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-79 (Rohit, 9.2), 2-88 (Dhawan, 10.5), 3-118 (Vijay, 13.4). "It's ridiculous", said former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull on air while adding that there was a clear inside edge.

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