Earlier, batting first, New Zealand made 196 runs for two wickets, in reply, the Indian team could only manage 156 for seven wickets in 20 overs. After losing the first match, New Zealand equalized with 1-1 in the series with this win. The third and final match will be played in Thiruvananthapuram on November 7.
The New Zealand winner was Munroo, while the bowlers, led by Trent Bolt later, also gave him complete support. Left-arm spinner Munro scored 109 runs in his 58-ball innings with seven sixes and seven fours, his second century in T20 internationals. South Africa-born Munro added 105 runs for the first wicket with Martin Guptill.
Guptill scored 45 off 41 balls, including three sixes and three fours. None of the Indian bowlers, except Jaspreet Bumrah, could curb any Munro. The worst was made by Mohammad Siraj, who made his debut in international cricket. He got 53 runs in four overs and got only one wicket as Kiwi captain Ken Williamson. Spinner Yusufendra Chahal took one wicket for 36 runs. Akshar Patel also failed to curb rung.
Guptill and Munro put Siraj in the same over with a one round four. On the other end, the ball was handed to Chahal in place of Bhuvneshwar in the fifth over, which Guptill put two sixes on Long Inn. The Kiwi team scored 41 runs without losing any wicket in the five overs. New Zealand’s three-match one-day series and the first T20 in trouble, Chahal scored 17 runs in the first over.
In the second over, Siroas hit a six over long on and midwicket. Siraj scored 16 runs in the eighth over of the innings. Guptill then hit Chahal on the midwicket for six, while Bhuvneshwar’s ball survived the ball after being caught out near Munro Border.
Munro hit Akshar Patel for two sixes in 26 balls to complete his half-century. New Zealand innings 100 runs completed in 11th over Chahal smashed Guptill’s partnership in the first wicket and then caught Guptill off long off. Siraj took the first wicket in international cricket by dismissing Williamson (12). Rohit Sharma was caught in the deep midwicket.
Munroo gave life to Chahal on the score of 79 on Bhuvneshwar, taking advantage of that, he remained unbeaten. The start of the Indian innings was very bad and both openers Pavilion had returned in the second over. At that time there were 11 runs on the score board. Rohit Sharma scored five runs and was caught by Trent Bolt while Dhawan (one) was also bowled by Bolt. Shreyas Iyer (23 runs from 21 balls), who came in at number three, started well but he could not convert to big innings. Munro took his return catch.
India’s fourth wicket fell in the 10th over as Hardik Pandya, who was caught by Ish Sodhi. At that time India’s score was 67 runs in four wickets. Despite this, India was hopeful because the most dependable pair of captain Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was present on the field. This partnership was broken by Mitchell Santander in the 17th over when Kohli caught catching glenn phillips behind the wicket.
Kohli scored 65 runs in 42 balls with eight fours and a six. At the time of his dismissal, India needed 74 runs in 21 balls and the result of the match was clear as on the wall. After the slow start, Dhoni scored 49 runs in 37 balls and Bolt became the fourth victim in the last over. Bolt took four wickets for 34 runs in four overs for New Zealand.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaspreet Bumrah, Yuswendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj
New Zealand: Ken Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips, Henri Nichols, Colin de Grandhomé, Mitchell Centner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi and Trent Bolt