Blistering Munro ton helps New Zealand to level series against India

Violet Powell
November 5, 2017

For India, Mohammed Siraj is all set to make his global debut. "We didn't take our chances, yes, but at once stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to Bumrah and Bhuvi to pull things back", Kohli said after the match.

New Zealand have hit top gear in a 40-run thumping of India in the second T20 global in Rajkot.

The Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro started cautiously and scored just 24 runs in the first 4 overs.

New Zealand captain Kane Willamson was dismissed a short while later when a mistimed shot off a half-volley by Siraj found its way to Rohit Sharma at deep mid wicket. Adam Milne and Glenn Phillips have replaced Tim Southee and Tom Latham respectively.

We look at the two good and bad performances from the match after the Kiwis stormed right back into the series.

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India captain Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to stem the rot with a 56-run partnership.

Given a spot in the starting XI on Saturday following Ashish Nehra's retirement, Siraj had a baptism with fire in Rajkot as New Zealand's batsmen made merry.

Series: After winning a very competitive ODI series 2-1, India were spectacular in the first T20I, defeating New Zealand by 53 runs. The dew factor will come into play, but not as prominently as it did in the previous game. In last T20 match, New Zealand Batting, Bowling, and Fielding were little bit Bad. He stayed unbeaten to carry his bat in impressive fashion with a 58-ball 109. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don't get enough balls.

India: ViratKohli (C), Rohit Sharma, ShikharDhawan, ShreyasIyer, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, YuzvendraChahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, JaspritBumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, K.L. Rahul, Manish Pandey and Mohammed Siraj. Trent Boult bowled a superb spell of 4-34 in 4 overs along with which the New Zealand spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi kept the Indian batsmen in check with a wicket each and some economical bowling.

To go with that, Kohli boasts of the highest average (54.06) among all the players who have scored more than 1,000 runs in T20Is.

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