Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

India levels series as Black Caps fail to fire

New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson with the Indian team during second T20I Daryl Mitchell was given out leg before off Krunal Pandya but it created controversy
Cassandra Castillo | 10 February, 2019, 07:41

Indian captain Rohit Sharma and experienced campaigner MS Dhoni gathered around as confusion reigned, but in the end Mitchell had to respect the umpire's decision, and depart with just a solitary run to his name.

With the former India captain playing the role of mentor at the other end, the 44-run stand was very significant as Indian cricket slowly moves towards a change of guard.

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.

His 50 included four sixes and three fours off 28 balls.

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

During the New Zealand's innings, Dary Mitchell was given LBW out in a Krunal Pandya's over despite hotspot showing a clear inside edge on his bat before the ball hit the pads.

India celebrate the fall of a wicket. A terrific direct hit from the deep by Vijay Shankar ran out Taylor for 42 off the last ball of the 19th over to add to India's excellent effort in the field.

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Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.

However, it was Krunal, who really applied the brakes after being brought in inside the Power Play overs.

Munro and Williamson got skidders. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and no. 4 batsman Daryl Mitchell also failed to entertain the crowd as they were removed for 20 and 1 run respectively. Total (for eight wkts.in 20 overs): 158. India won the match by seven wickets to level the series.

Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over.

There was ample support from Shikhar Dhawan, who made 30, and Rishabh Pant on 40 as India made 162 for three without looking troubled.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-79 (Rohit, 9.2), 2-88 (Dhawan, 10.5), 3-118 (Vijay, 13.4).

An inside edge was apparent even without the Hotspot technology but New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell fell to a contentious leg-before call during the second T20 worldwide against India.

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