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India Vs New Zealand Live Score (T20)

Date: Saturday, 04 November 2017 Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat India by 40 runs

196/2
Overs
20.0
R/R
9.8
Fours
14
Sixes
10
Extras
12
156/7
Overs
20.0
R/R
7.8
Fours
16
Sixes
4
Extras
4
  • 2045 local - What has happened here? We should have been underway by now but there is a FLOODLIGHT FAILURE in the ground which is why we are in for a bit of a delay...
  • 197 is the target then for India to go 2-0 up. The only T20I at this venue saw the home side chase down a mammoth 202 against the mighty Aussies in 2013. Considering that the Indians fancy themselves chasing, they would be confident. Stay tuned.
  • COLIN MUNRO feels that the total is about par on this surface. Says that Guptill and he bat pretty well together and got a good start today, feeding off each other pretty well. Feels that there is definitely something for the bowlers on the surface and this total should be good enough.
  • It was a bowler's deathbed as far as India are concerned. Every bowler went for runs and spare a thought for the poor debutant - MOHAMMAED SIRAJ - who got a half century which he would not be proud of. Once again, Bhuvi and Bumrah were outstanding, conceding just 52 in 8 overs combined. Chahal was not bad either, going for ONLY 36, yes, only 36. So these three bowlers have gone for only 88 in 12 overs with a wicket. The remaining 108 runs came from only 8 overs. Yikes.
  • Shifting track a bit, having started off by praising India's bowling, it has been Colin Munro's night. He seemed to have eaten something very nice in the afternoon which has brought him luck. Miscues, dropped catches, missed run out, you tell what. He has gone on to register a century at a strike rate in excess of 180 with 7 fours and 7 sixes. He had a 105-run stand for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill which set the tone. The others just needed to play around him and that is what they did. However, they will feel they are 20 short.
  • If you have just tuned in, you might say - Oh dear - 197 is too tall a task. But just 22 runs came in the last 3 overs which shows how well India have done to curtail New Zealand under 200. They did not pick a single wicket in the last 5 overs but will be happy with the target set.
  • 19.6 That is why fine leg was pushed back. Full and in line of the stumps, Bruce swings hard but gets a thick inside edge which goes past the leg stump towards fine leg. Just a single. Pretty surprising not to see the batsmen go for the second. NEW ZEALAND FINISH ON 196/2!
  • 19.5 A length ball, around off, Tom swings but misses. DOT.
  • 19.4 Full and outside off, Munro looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards long off. Just a run.
  • Square leg comes in. Fine leg drops back.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Nicely done! A length ball on the leg stump, Munro gets across and works it past short fine leg for a boundary!
  • 19.2 50-RUN STAND IN 30 balls! Full and outside off, pushed down to long off for a single.
  • 19.1 OVERTHROW. A slower short ball outside off, Bruce heaves it towards Yuzvendra Chahal at mid-wicket. The batsmen go for a quick single and Chahal scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. To his bad luck, the ball deflects away and the batsmen take the second.
  • Last over then. Can the Kiwis get to 200?
  • 18.6 Full and wide outside off, carved over cover for two more. Just 8 from the over, Bhuvi finishes with figures of 4-0-29-0. 187/2
  • 18.5 Very full outside off, bunted towards long off for only one.
  • 18.4 Gets across and looks to slash but gets a bottom edge towards long off. A un taken.
  • 18.3 SECOND T20I TON FOR MUNRO! A wonderful innings. Filled with luck and lives but that does not take away the beauty of the knock. Full and wide outside off, Munro drives it through sweeper cover and comes back for the second. Becomes only the FOURTH PLAYER after Gayle, McCullum and Evin Lewis to have multiple T20I hundreds.
  • On 99....
  • 18.2 A well-disguised slower ball outside off, Bruce backs away and drags it towards long on for a run to give Munro the strike.
  • 18.1 A length ball outside off, Munro slashes hard but gets a bottom edge beside the pitch on the off side. A single takes him to 99.
  • 17.6 A full ball, on middle, hit straight back. Bumrah gets a boot to it and slows the pace down towards long off. Just a run. Excellent over - just 5 from it. 179/2
  • 17.5 Great shot, excellent fielding. Bumrah bowls it around leg and Colin just flicks it through square leg. The timing is outstanding and the ball seems to race to the ropes but Rohit Sharma gives it a good chase from the deep to his right and stops it with a tumble. Two runs taken.
  • 17.4 EDGED, SHORT! Full and wide outside off, Munro slashes hard but gets a thick outside edge. However, it lands short of Dhoni behind.
  • 17.3 Backs away and looks to cut, Bumrah keeps it close to the bat and cramps Bruce for room. Induces an inside edge which runs past leg stump. A run taken.
  • 17.2 Around middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 17.1 On a good length around middle, pushed back to the bowler. DOT BALL.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH to bowl now.
  • 16.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. That is it for the debutant tonight. Assuming he does not get to bat. 4-0-53-1. Tough outing. 174/2
  • 16.5 Short and outside off, cut away for a single.
  • 16.4 FOUR! Cheeky! Full and around off, Bruce gets across and paddles it over the keeper and short fine leg for a boundary. Cannot keep a fielder there.
  • 16.3 Low full toss outside off, bunted towards long off for a run.
  • 16.3 WIDE. Bowls it full but down the leg side, Munro misses his flick.
  • 16.2 A low full toss on the pads, flicked wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple. This is now the HIGHEST T20I SCORE by a Kiwi batsman against India.
  • 16.1 SIX! Another mistimed hit. A fuller ball, in line of the stumps, Munro looks to play the slog but does not quite connect cleanly. The ball goes high in the air and Virat Kohli steadies himself for the catch at long on. But two factors go against him - 1. The short boundary. 2. Munro's luck.
  • 15.6 FOUR! Smart batting. The ball is on the pads, Bruce knows that the man at 45 on the leg side is inside the ring. Just tickles it past Jasprit Bumrah at short fine leg and gets a boundary. 11 from the over but Bhuvi has gone for just 21 in his 3. 158/2
  • 15.5 A length ball in line of the stumps, Munro gets across to work it to the leg side but misses and gets hit high on the pads. The ball rolls to the leg side and the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 15.4 EDGED, FOUR! Munro might as well beat Usain Bolt in a 100-metre sprint tonight. So good is his luck. Full and wide outside off, Munro flashes hard, gets an outside edge but it is wide of Dhoni and races away to the third man fence.
  • 15.3 Telegraphs his intentions to play the reverse sweep pretty early and Kumar smartly slows the pace down to 118 kph and bowls it close to the wide guideline outside off. Munro misses to make contact.
  • 15.2 Works it down the leg side to give the strike back to Munro.
  • 15.1 DROPPED! Another poor effort in the field. It was New Zealand the other night. It is India here. Outside off, on a length. Munro backs away and looks to go inside out but miscues it in the air. It should have been a catch and Yuzvendra Chahal runs back from point, calls for it, gets to the ball but puts it down. Might have been easier for Virat Kohli running in from sweeper cover. A single taken.
  • Here is BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR. In the third ODI, the duo of Bhuvi and Bumrah defended 35 off 4 overs successfully in the death. Can they restrict the Kiwis under 200 here?
  • 14.6 A length ball, pretty much straight, Colin looks to hit this hard but gets a bottom edge onto his pads. The ball rolls to the off side and the batsmen cross over for one. 11 runs with a wicket from the debutant. 147/2
  • 14.5 FOUR! Tough luck for the bowler. Siraj bowls a very good yorker outside leg, Munro looks to dig out but somehow manages just a fraction of his bat on the ball. It is good enough as the ball goes through his legs, past the leg stump and then the keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 14.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 14.3 A full toss on leg stump, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • TOM BRUCE walks in at number 4, replacing his captain.
  • 14.2 OUT! Straight to the man! Maiden international wicket for Siraj! Proud moment for him. Not the best of balls, a half volley around middle and off, should have been put away. Williamson goes for the half-flick, half-scoop but finds Rohit Sharma to perfection at deep square leg. Perhaps not a bad wicket to lose for New Zealand. India will not mind though.
  • 14.1 FOUR! Pleasing to the eye. Full and wide outside off, Williamson leans and lofts it over covers for a boundary!
  • MOHAMMED SIRAJ gets his third over.
  • 13.6 SIX! Another one. A short ball, around off, Munro goes for the pull but gets a bit high on the bat. However, again those 5 letters - P-O-W-E-R - take the ball over deep mid-wicket. 14 runs from Pandya's first over. 136/1
  • 13.5 Outside off, pushed wide of long off for a very well run couple.
  • 13.4 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 13.3 FOUR! How has he hit that? Unbelievable raw power. A low full toss outside off, Munro looks to hit it towards long off but toe ends it. But the power is such that it beats Shreyas Iyer at the fence who had to move just 10 yards to his left.
  • 13.2 A short ball around off, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 13.1 Outside off, punched through point for a single.
  • HARDIK PANDYA comes on to bowl. About time.
  • 12.6 FOUR! Dragged short, Williamson goes back and heaves it through mid-wicket. Splits deep square leg and deep mid-wicket to perfection. 14 from the over, Axar has gone for 39 in his 3 tonight. 122/1
  • 12.5 Banged in short, pulled away for one more.
  • 12.4 SIX! Another flat hit. Full and outside off, Munro gets down and mows it over mid-wicket for half a dozen.
  • 12.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 12.2 Full and outside off, slogged to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 12.1 On middle, bunted through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 11.6 RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! India have been sloppy on the field tonight. Williamson pushes it to the off side and sets off for a quick single. Rohit Sharma comes charging in and should have affected an easy run out with Munro yards short. But he throws it wide of Dhoni who struggles to collect. Chahal finishes with figures of 4-0-36-1. 108/1
  • 11.5 Full on off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 11.4 NOT OUT. Not quite sure why this was taken in the first place. Dhoni said that he was blinded and Kohli has gone purely by his bowler's instincts. Full and outside off, Williamson looks to sweep but misses. The ball lobs off something in the air and the keeper takes the catch. Chahal appeals but nothing from Dhoni. Snickometer shows a disturbance as the ball passes the bat, not quite sure from where. But the third umpire is convinced that it is not the edge.
  • Review time! India reckon that they have Williamson caught behind. Not given by the onfield umpire and Kohli wants a second opinion.
  • 11.3 On middle, worked towards mid-wicket. Dhoni shouts, 'TU BHAG! TU BHAG!' to Chahal who does well to keep the batsmen to a single.
  • 11.3 WIDE. Similar ball, but fired wider outside off. This time Colin looks to hit it through the line but misses again.
  • 11.2 Full and outside off, Munro opts for the reverse sweep but misses.
  • KANE WILLIAMSON walks in at number 3, replacing Guptill.
  • 11.1 OUT! Stop the press. A wicket has fallen. Excellent bowling from Chahal. He gives this just a little bit of more loop than the previous one and Guptill lines himself up for the slog sweep. But he is not to the pitch of the ball and ends up mistiming it high in the air. Hardik Pandya at long off keeps his eyes on the ball and takes it easily. No half century for Guptill but he has played a wonderful innings. Can his team make use of this 105-run opening stand?
  • 11.1 WIDE. Tosses this wide outside off, Guptill watches it spin past the wide guideline.
  • CHAHAL is bowling out.
  • 10.6 DROPPED! SIX! Oh dear... Shreyas Iyer is the culprit. Short and outside off, Munro goes back and looks to pull it over long on. Does not time it well and Iyer in the deep settles himself for the catch but to his horror, the ball bounces off his palms over the boundary. Kohli shakes his head. 21 runs from the over! 104/0
  • 10.5 SIX! WHAM! Who wants to be a bowler on this surface? Full and outside off, slogged over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen. It is also a half century for Munro.
  • 10.4 Full and outside off, pushed to long on for another run.
  • 10.3 This is worked towards deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 10.3 FIVE WIDES! Axar is smiling and looking helplessly at Dhoni, as if to suggest he should have taken that. Full and fired down the leg side, pretty intentional, perhaps expecting the batsman to come down the track. Munro doesn't. Stays back and looks to flick but misses. Dhoni is blinded and cannot collect.
  • 10.2 Full and on the pads, flicked towards backward square leg for a run.
  • 10.1 Short and outside off, thumped down to long off for a single.
  • 9.6 In the air... what an effort from Kumar in the deep! Superb work from Bhuvi there. A bit short on middle, Munro camps back to pull but seems to have mistimed it. The ball travels high in the air towards mid-wicket where Kumar keeps his eyes on the ball, leaps and then pushes the ball back in play. Saves 5 runs for his side and Rohit Sharma likes it. 83/0
  • 9.5 Slower through the air outside off, Munro flays it through covers. Dhawan in the deep does well to keep them down to two.
  • 9.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 9.3 SIX! That's gone into the orbit! Noting Chahal can do about it. He saw Guptill coming down the track and so fires it around the pads. Guptill in this mood doesn't miss out. He gets down and slogs it with all his might. High and over deep square leg for a maximum.
  • 9.2 Loopy delivery around middle, little bit of turn, defended off the front foot.
  • 9.1 Flatter and bowled outside off, slapped to deep cover for a single.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is back on!
  • 8.6 Flatter one middle, punched back to Axar. Excellent over from Patel, just 4 off it. 72/0
  • 8.5 Fires it again on the stumps, Munro tries to slog it across the line but mistimes it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 8.4 Fires on the stumps, whipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 8.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.2 Short and outside off, cracked through point for a couple.
  • 8.1 Tossed up around off, defended off the front foot.
  • Axar Patel is brought into the attack. He was very economical in Delhi. Can he draw first blood?
  • 7.6 SIX! That's gone the distance! Siraj is having a tough time! Once again bowls a slower one, it's on a perfect length to be hit. Munro thumps it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Seemed like he mistimes it but who cares? 16 from this over. Siraj has already given 26 in 2 overs. 68/0
  • 7.5 Yorker! Bowls it perfectly on leg, Munro tries to jam it out but gets it off the inner half towards fine leg. Still gets a couple of runs.
  • 7.4 SIX! He has muscled it! A flat maximum! Superb hit, what power! Length delivery from Siraj, Munro clears his front leg and goes bang down the ground. It sails easily over the long on fence.
  • 7.3 Misses the yorker and bowls a low full toss on off, Guptill drills it down to long off for a single.
  • 7.2 Short on middle, Munro pulls it through square leg for a single.
  • 7.1 A loud shout for an LBW! Siraj bowls a slower delivery on a back of a length, Munro tries to clip it across the line but misses and wears it on the pads. The ball goes towards Dhoni who has a shy at the striker's end. But the debutant is busy appealing for an LBW. The umpire shakes his head. It was pitched outside leg.
  • Mohammed Siraj is brought back into the attack. He went for 10 in his first over.
  • 6.6 Flatter on middle, Munro reverse pulls it through cover-point for a single. Good comeback from Chahal. After being hit for 17 in the previous over, he gives just 4 in this one. 52/0
  • 6.5 On middle and leg, wristed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 6.4 Eases this full ball towards mid off for a single.
  • 6.3 Loopy delivery outside off, Munro gets down and fetches it from outside off. Keeps it along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 6.2 Fuller around middle and leg, Guptill gets down to sweep but gets it off the inner half towards short fine leg for a single.
  • 6.1 Floats it up around middle, turning away a bit, Martin drives it back to Chahal.
  • 5.6 Short of a length delivery outside off, Colin looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to Dhoni. So, after the end of Powerplay, the Kiwis are 48/0! 48/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! Slapped! Bumrah angles it away this time, it's on a length outside off. Munro cracks it square of the wicket on the off side and Axar at point had no chance to stop that one.
  • 5.4 A loud shout for an LBW! Length delivery angling in on middle, Guptill is beaten for pace as he blindly looks to slog it across the line. The ball goes off the pads towards the off side. Bumrah appeals but it was going down leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 5.3 Nerves for Siraj! Munro dabs this back of a length delivery towards short third man where Siraj fumbles and concedes a single.
  • 5.2 Stands tall and runs it down to third man for a single.
  • 5.1 Back of a length delivery, zipping off the surface, Guptill dances down the track to thrash it over the off side but is beaten. That bounced a bit too much.
  • 4.6 Quicker through the air around middle and off, Munro gently defends it down. Huge over this, 17 off the over! What a start from New Zealand. 41/0
  • 4.5 A bit flatter and outside off, tapped towards point for a single.
  • 4.4 SIX! He has nailed it! Guptill wasn't even looking at it. He knew he has picked the bones out of that one. Loopy delivery around middle and off, Guptill gets down and wallops it off the meat of the bat over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. That swirled up very high in the air.
  • 4.3 FOUR! Easily done! More flight, a bit fuller on the stumps, Guptill once again launches it over Rohit Sharma at mid on and picks up a boundary this time.
  • 4.2 SIX! Shot! Guptill goes through with his shot! Chahal tosses it up on the stumps, Guptill clears the front leg and smokes it over long on for a maximum.
  • 4.1 Tossed up delivery around middle, Guptill drives it back to the bowler.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal to roll his arm over. A slip in place for the leggie.
  • 3.6 Tries the yorker but dolls out a low full toss on middle, Guptill drills it down to long on for just a single. 24/0
  • 3.5 Good ball that from Bumrah! He sees Munro clearing the front leg and so rolls his fingers on the ball. Colin just dabs it towards point and crosses over.
  • 3.4 Good length delivery on middle, clipped towards mid-wicket for nothing. No room for the southpaw to free his arms.
  • 3.3 Touch fuller and angling in, Guptill eases it through covers for a single.
  • 3.2 Full toss on middle, Guptill misses out on that one. Bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 3.1 Beaten! Bumrah hurls a length delivery outside off, Guptill makes room to go over covers but is beaten all ends up.
  • So just a over from the debutant. Kohli calls Jasprit Bumrah into the attack now.
  • 2.6 FOUR! Kumar goes around the wicket and bangs in a short ball on middle. Munro just helps it through square leg. Dhawan in the deep tries to stop it but the outfield is quick to deny him. 21/0
  • Man comes in a square leg.
  • 2.5 Shortish and outside off, Munro is quick to duck under it.
  • 2.4 Good ball again! Drops it on a length outside off, Guptill taps it in front of point and calls through for a quick single.
  • 2.3 Chance of a run out! Touch fuller outside off, Guptill smashes it towards Kohli at mid off. Munro wants the single but Guptill doesn't want to take on Kohli's arm and hence sends his partner back. Virat fires a throw at the bowler's end but misses. Colin though made it in comfortably.
  • 2.3 Wide! Slips one down leg, slower in pace again. Guptill tires clipping it away but fails to do so.
  • 2.2 Good change of pace from Kumar! He delivers a knuckle ball, Guptill gets deceived by it. He wants pace. Ends up chipping it towards extra cover.
  • 2.1 Angles it in from around off, Martin leans ahead and defends it solidly.
  • 1.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, dabbed towards gully for a quick single. 10 from Siraj's first over. 15/0
  • Just a boundary and the field is changed straightaway. Mid on drops down to long on.
  • 1.5 Fuller and curling back in on the pads, clipped towards the leg side.
  • 1.4 FOUR! That's smacked! Guptill stands tall, gets a length delivery and bashes it with all his might past mid off for a boundary.
  • 1.3 Stands tall and punches it towards cover.
  • 1.2 Length delivery, coming back in, Munro comes down the track and whips it over square leg for a single.
  • 1.1 FOUR! What a shot! Welcome to the international arena, rookie! He comes from around the wicket and slants it away on a length. Offers a bit of width and Munro cracks it beautifully between cover and point to get going.
  • Mohammed Siraj gets the new ball. So the skipper is trusting the debutant. Let's see how he fares.
  • 0.6 Short of a length delivery outside off, it rises off the deck, Martin arches back to leave it alone. 5/0
  • 0.6 Wide! Sprays one down the leg side, Guptill lets it be.
  • 0.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, good bounce on that one. Martin stands tall and taps it besides the pitch.
  • 0.4 Fuller in length around middle, bunted back to the bowler. Kumar picks it up and throws it back at the striker's end.
  • 0.3 FOUR! And New Zealand are underway! Kumar targets the stumps but is a bit too straight on this occasion. Guptill takes full toll of it as he swings it cleanly over mid-wicket to pick up a boundary to his name.
  • 0.2 Once again it's on a length outside off, Martin punches it back down the track. Kumar leaps to collect it with his right hand but it bursts through his fingers and goes towards Kohli at mid off.
  • 0.1 Starts off from over the wicket and lands it on a length around off, a bit of bounce as well. Guptill defends it back down the track with a full face of the bat.
  • Done and dusted. And now it's time to get underway. The Indian team is in a mandatory huddle. Mohammed Siraj, the debutant is all ears to the words being shared by Virat Kohli. Out walk the Kiwi openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. The former will be itching to get going here tonight and he couldn't have asked for a better surface. It shall be Bhuvneshwar Kumar to steam in first up. A slip in place for him. Let's play...
  • The teams are out for their respective national anthems. It will be New Zealand followed by India's.
  • Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says they wanted to bowl anyway. Adds the support staff came later in the evening yesterday and saw some dew. On being asked about the visitors' mindset, says he doesn't know, maybe they don't want the scoreboard pressure. Be it anything, it gives his bowlers an opportunity to come out and restrict them to a respectable total. Opines the pitch won't change that much and reckons it should be a good batting wicket. On the team changes, he says Ashish Nehra is obviously not around and they bring in MOHAMMED SIRAJ (debut). States that the debutant has had a good domestic season and hopes that he starts his career on a good note.
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says it looks a good surface and hopes to get good runs on the board and then defend it down later. Informs they have made two changes. ADAM MILNE and GLENN PHILLIPS come in for Tim Southee and Tom Latham.
  • TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and opt to bat!
  • The Kiwis had a really poor outing last night. More than anything, their fielding was way below par, something that they aren't known for. Kane Williamson and his boys will have to pull up their socks if they are to keep the series alive. More than that, they would want to get back on top of the ICC rankings and for that they know the task is cut out for them. We saw India coming from behind and taking the ODI series, will we witness the same from the visitors? With the pitch expected to be another belter, another high-scoring game awaits us! Stay tuned for the toss!
  • Hello and a warm welcome for the second T20I between India and New Zealand in Rajkot. After an emotional opening encounter where Ashish Nehra bid adieu to the international arena, the hosts come into this game with their morale really high. They put in a clinical show and if they replicate it tonight as well, they will seal the deal here itself. It will be interesting to see who they opt for in place of Nehra. Other than that there shouldn't be any change in the playing XI.
  • Right then! Not totally unexpected. New Zealand have bounced back to level the series. What can we expect in Thiruvananthapuram? Will it be India or the Kiwis? A Super Over perhaps? That would be thrilling. Both sides would be ruing their fielding effort in their respective losses and will aim to put their best foot forward in the decider. Hopefully, we get a cracker. The game is scheduled on Tuesday, 7th November, 2017 at 1900 local (1330 GMT). Adios! Take Care!
  • Any guesses who is the Man Of The Match? You can clap for yourself as a prize. COLIN MUNRO could have done nothing wrong tonight. He could have as well won a lottery had he applied for one. Cheekily admits that a few chances went his way but he enjoyed playing those big shots. Credits the planning (of the NZ Board) to stage the 'A' tour before this series and says that helped him to acclimatize to the conditions. On being asked his mantra, he says it does not matter whether he is chasing or batting first. Just keeps his head still and does not pre-meditate, which is the advice given to him by coach Craig McMillan.
  • Victorious Kiwi captain, KANE WILLIAMSON smiles and says that it was a contrasting performance from Delhi. He admits that to beat India one needs to be at his best and now their challenge is to replicate the same in the third T20I. Praises Munro for his century and also Guptill, for that brisk wonderful stand. Now, he praises Tom Bruce as well. Then he comes to the bowlers, does not praise every individual, but does praise them as a unit. On his two spinners doing well tonight, he says that one should always emulate from the strengths of the opposition and he has full faith and confidence in the experience of his two tweakers.
  • Indian skipper, VIRAT KOHLI praises the Kiwi batting and says that India were expecting 225-230 at one stage. Credits Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah for pulling things back to keep New Zealand under 200 but quickly admits that the batting was not good enough. Stresses that while chasing a big total, it is never enough for only one batsman to keep scoring and every batsman needs to chip in. Adds that he tried his best, praises Dhoni for his hits towards the end but eventually, it did not help. Does not want to look too much into the promotion of Hardik Pandya and says that such gambles sometimes work, sometimes they don't. He is confident that both batsmen are good enough to bat at any position. Does admit that the surface started to grip a bit after 13-14 overs once the ball got scuffed up but does not want to give any excuses and makes a straight statement - not good enough with the bat.
  • ISH SODHI says that it was a pretty fast wicket and jokes that the hundred was very special and Munro will remember it for the rest of his life. On his own bowling, he says that the ball got scuffed back a bit and he got plenty of assistance from the wicket. On the wrong 'un to dismiss Pandya, Sodhi says that he has been practicing it a lot in the nets and is just figuring out the right moment to bowl those. On being asked which ball he is more comfortable with - the leg spinner or the googly - Ish says that you just need to keep practicing. Feels that winning tonight is a massive plus for his side. The presentation is coming up...
  • Could India have won this? Ummm... perhaps. The outfield was quick, the ground was not that big and the pitch was a batting beauty with Virat Kohli in form. But time and again, we have observed that if the Indian openers fail, the team stutters. The move to promote Iyer to number 3 was applauded by everyone with the youngster racing to 20 from 12 balls. But then some pressure got the better of him and he threw it away. The rare flop of Hardik and the biggest surprise - Kohli and Dhoni struggling in the death overs. All these factors contributed to a loss. Perhaps the pitch slowed up towards the end. Perhaps Dhoni struggled. Either ways, Kohli got under pressure and New Zealand capitalized.
  • The Kiwi spinners outdid their Indian counterparts tonight. While Chahal and Axar went for 75 in 7 overs with a wicket, Sodhi and Santner had combined figures of 8-0-56-2. The Indian middle order could not get them away at all, in spite of having set batsmen in the middle. Another bowler worth mentioning is Adam Milne. A look at his figures and one would ask - 4-0-30-0 - big deal? Well, he conceded just 8 runs in his 2 overs in the Powerplay and just 6 of his third in the 15th over. That is the big deal.
  • It is often said that a good start is the key to great success. New Zealand struggled in Delhi, allowing the Indian openers to get a big stand. Tonight, they dismissed both of them in the space of 6 balls, with spearhead Trent Boult breathing fire. The other bowlers made use of that start and kept piling on the pressure and India were always behind the eight-ball. There was a bit of a chance for India during the Iyer-Kohli stand but once the former threw his wicket away, it went all downhill.
  • We will have a decider in Thiruvananthapuram. Excellent bowling from New Zealand. Not quite sure whether 196 was a big enough score to defend but they have certainly made it look like that. The win has not been an over or two where the game might have swung. It is by a massive 40 runs which shows the strength of their bowling unit.
  • 19.6 Full on middle, pushed towards long on for one. That ends the match, with NEW ZEALAND WINNING BY 40 RUNS.
  • 19.5 Oohh... nearly a five-for! Outside off, Bumrah pushes at it and gets an inside edge, which just misses the stumps en route towards fine leg! Just a single.
  • 19.4 A yorker to start, right on middle, Bumrah digs it out towards point and sets off for a single but is sent back.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH walks in at number 9, replacing Dhoni. 5-fer still on?
  • 19.3 OUT! Mr. Butter Fingers takes it! Santner was the one to drop Dhoni in the previous over and it is Santner who denies MS his half century. A short ball, Dhoni looks to pull but gets a top edge which just spoons to square leg. Mitchell Santner does not have to move an inch and takes a sitter. A forgetful innings for Dhoni.
  • 19.2 That is his fifty! Oops, not yet. Full and outside off. MS smashes it towards long off but DOES NOT TAKE the single.
  • 19.1 SIX! Oh there is one more thing to look forward to. Can Dhoni hit six sixes and generate some interest in this game? A length ball, Dhoni swings it miles over mid-wicket! Just that it has come years too late.
  • Okay. Final over. What do we look for in this match? A possible Boult 5-fer?
  • 18.6 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single to keep strike. 16 from the over but this can be considered an aberration. He went for 14 in his three overs before this and pretty much stifled India for runs. 148/6
  • 18.5 FOUR! A full toss now, Dhoni whips it through square leg and gets a boundary.
  • 18.5 WIDE. A slower ball, down the leg side, short in length, Dhoni looks to pull but misses.
  • 18.4 On middle, pushes it towards long on for a couple.
  • 18.3 No. That should end the match barring any miracles. It is a DROPPED catch for the statisticians. Dhoni swings it towards long off and Mitchell Santner comes charging in to his left. Slides and should have taken it but his butter fingers do not support him. Two runs taken.
  • 18.2 A fine full ball outside off, MS swings hard and gets it off the inner half of the bat through widish mid on. Two runs taken. 59 needed from 10 balls. A six needed off every ball now. Possible?
  • 18.1 FOUR! Short and outside off, slapped to the cover fence for a boundary. India need maximums.
  • ADAM MILNE to bowl out.
  • 17.6 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a run. 7 runs and a wicket from the over, Boult has figures of 3-0-26-3. 132/6
  • 17.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 17.4 A fine yorker, on middle, well dug out.
  • BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR walks in at number 8, replacing Axar.
  • 17.3 OUT! Soft dismissal. Jumps down the track, Boult bangs it in short, Axar looks to go over cover but can only spoon it straight to Kane Williamson at short cover. Tonight might have been a big ask, but have to say - Axar has disappointed with the bat in his comeback to the national squad.
  • 17.2 FOUR! That will help. Down the leg side, Axar flicks it fine enough of the man at fine leg to make the crowd clap for a boundary. 67 more needed from 16 balls now.
  • 17.1 A yorker to start, squeezed through third man for a single.
  • TRENT BOULT is back on. India need a big over.
  • 16.6 Comes down the track and flicks it to deep square leg for a single. Just 3 from the over with a wicket. Santner finishes with figures of 4-0-31-1 and the two spinners have combined figures of 8-0-56-2. Terrific effort. 125/5
  • 16.5 Down the leg side, Dhoni misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. Another dot.
  • 16.4 Down the leg side, flicked towards square leg for a single.
  • AXAR PATEL walks in at number 7, replacing Kohli.
  • 16.3 OUT! Stumped? Caught? It is a dismissal and that is what matters for New Zealand. Big moment in the game. Santner fires this onto the pads on seeing Kohli come down the track and the batsman looks to go inside out. He misses and the keeper collects the ball on the second attempt, after fumbling initially. He is overjoyed and appeals for the catch but then has the presence of mind to whip the bails off. Kohli knows he has edged it and does not even bother to get back. He departs for 65. The 56-run stand is broken but it consumed 44 balls. Did that consume the skipper? India now need 74 from 21 balls.
  • 16.2 A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 16.1 SAFE AS A HOUSE. Flighted wide outside off, Dhoni comes down the track but on realizing that he is beaten in the flight, lets it go and slides back into the crease. Phillips takes the bails off and appeals. The square leg umpire makes a belated call to go upstairs and replays confirm that Dhoni is in. What that appeal has done is - Perhaps saved the Kiwis a wide ball.
  • MITCHELL SANTNER is back on. And a stumping appeal! Is MS gone?
  • 15.6 Works it through mid-wicket for a single. Excellent figures for Sodhi again tonight - 4-0-25-1! 122/4
  • 15.5 SIX! Gets it away this time! Dhoni comes down the track, Sodhi fires it on the pads but MS is too good a batsman to miss twice in a row. Swings it over mid-wicket for a biggie! 'India need half a dozen more of these', says Harsha Bhogle on air. 50-run stand comes up as well.
  • 15.4 Excellent bowling. Sees Dhoni jump down and dips this onto the batsman. MS misreads it and just swings wildly. Misses and wears it on the pads.
  • 15.3 Short and outside off, punched towards sweeper cover for one. Kohli is frustrated, he realizes that was a scoring opportunity of a boundary.
  • 15.2 Now Dhoni emulates Kohli and bunts it towards long on for a run.
  • 15.1 Comes down the track and just chips it towards long off for a single.
  • 14.6 Excellent yorker on middle, jabbed towards point for one. Just 6 from the over. 112/4
  • 14.5 FOUR! CRISP! India need more of these. Full and outside off, Kohli comes down the track and drives it through extra cover. Kane Williamson chases it from long off but is beaten! 86 more needed from 31 balls now.
  • 14.4 A bouncer to the captain now, Kohli is down the track and sways away from the line.
  • 14.3 A short ball again, this time Dhoni manages to get it away, with a pull shot, albeit off a top edge to third man. Just a single.
  • 14.2 Jumps down the track again, is cramped for room once more, with the bowler following him with a short ball, Dhoni looks to flick but misses and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 14.1 Comes down the track, is cramped for room and mistimes his punch to a short ball towards mid off.
  • ADAM MILNE is back on.
  • 13.6 Comes down the track and bunts this down to long on for one. When you have conceded 8 from the first two balls but finish with 9 from the over, you have got to acknowledge that it has been a top comeback. 106/4
  • 13.5 Third dot in a row. Full and outside off, Dhoni looks to drive but misses, with the ball skewing off the outer half of the bat to cover.
  • 13.4 Around middle and off, defended from the crease.
  • 13.3 A quicker ball, shorter in length outside off, MS mistimes his punch back to Sodhi.
  • 13.2 SIX! WHOOSH! That is why you should not miss chances, especially against MSD! Floated on middle, Dhani dances down the track and sends it swinging over long on!
  • 13.1 GREAT EFFORT BUT A MISSED STUMPING! Is that the luck India needed? Excellent bowling from Sodhi. Slows this up beautifully outside off and beats Dhoni in the air as he jumps down the track. It is a victory for the bowler as MSD misses the ball but unfortunately for Sodhi, Glenn Phillips misses it too and the ball goes through towards the third man boundary. Colin Munro chases it down from short third man and dives near the ropes. The umpires check it upstairs to see whether it is a boundary and after numerous replays, are happy that those are two runs saved. Byes signalled. 98 more needed for 41 balls now.
  • ISH SODHI is back on. Does he go for a boundary on the very first ball? Referred upstairs...
  • 12.6 Outside off, steered between short third man and backward point. The ball seems to beat the fielders but Martin Guptill dives to his left from the latter position to stop the ball cleanly and also throws it back without even looking at the destination. Ala Mohd. Azharuddin. Just a single. 97/4
  • 12.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 12.4 Banged in short, Virat miscues his heave, getting beaten by the change in pace and the ball travels to mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Wristwork! Kohli at his best. Full and outside off, Kohli comes forward and whips it, making full use of his wrists, getting it wide of long on and beating mid-wicket in the deep!
  • 12.2 Wrists it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 12.1 Landed outside off, Kohli displays his cheekiest best, waits for the ball and at the last moment, dabs it to short third man for a quick single. 109 needed from 47 balls now.
  • 11.6 18TH T20I Fifty for Kohli! He needs to stay till the end to take his team past the line tonight. Comes down the track and pushes it through the covers for one. 87/4
  • 11.5 FOUR! Terrific shot. Sees the flight and jumps down the track to take it on the half volley. Thumps it over the bowler down the ground for another boundary in that region.
  • 11.4 Goes back and clips this shortish delivery through mid-wicket for one.
  • 11.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 11.2 An arm ball, down the leg side, Kohli goes back to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 11.1 Comes down the track and works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • MITCHELL SANTNER is back on. Has gone for 20 in his 2 overs.
  • 10.6 FOUR! CLASSY! Full and straight, Kohli drives this right back to where it came from. Back past the bowler down the ground. Fab shot. Who says T20 is all about hitting powerfully? 118 more needed from 54 balls now. 79/4
  • 10.5 Outside off, eased through the covers for a single.
  • 10.4 A length ball on middle, holds off the surface, Dhoni, a bit surprised, jabs at it. The ball goes uppishly towards short mid-wicket
  • 10.3 Excellent fielding! Short and outside off, Kohli punches it through point but Martin Guptill throws himself to his right to stop the ball. Just one.
  • 10.2 Landed outside off, pushed wide of long off for a run.
  • 10.1 On middle, tucked towards deep mid-wicket. Kohli takes the first run quickly and turns for the second but Dhoni rightly sends him back.
  • 9.6 Drops it short on middle, a mistimed pull down to long on for a single. 4 runs and a wicket from the over! 71/4
  • 9.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 9.4 Punches it through the off side for another single.
  • 9.3 Fuller on off, driven towards long off for one.
  • 9.2 The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • MS Dhoni is the new man in. The crowd is roaring high for him. Let's see if he can hit some biggies tonight.
  • 9.1 OUT! Bowled! Sodhi dismisses Pandya yet again. He gets the better of him twice in as many games. Bowls an excellent googly on middle, Hardik doesn't pick it up at all. The ball skids, cramps him for room and sneaks under the bat to hit the stumps. Lovely from Sodhi, he is continuing from where he left off. India under pressure now.
  • 8.6 Pandya punches it down to long to get off the mark in this series. 5 runs again and a wicket from Munro's first over. 67/3
  • 8.5 The batsman drives this through the covers. They pick up a single.
  • Hardik Pandya walks in next. India need 132 from 68 balls. Remember, he was out for a duck in the last game.
  • 8.4 OUT! Munro strikes! He can do nothing wrong today! What a day this man is having! Bowls a slower delivery outside off, Iyer looks to big down the ground. Gets it off the toe end of the bat and the ball lobs over the bowler. Munro keeps running backwards, keeps his eyes on the ball and then stretches his hands to take an excellent catch. The ball almost popped out of his hands. These catches are never easy. Iyer departs and a wicket at the right time for the Kiwis.
  • 8.3 Length delivery outside off, Iyer looks to pull but misses it completely.
  • 8.2 Back of a length outside off, flayed through covers for a single.
  • 8.1 Length delivery outside off, Kohli just chips it over the in-field. Gets two.
  • Colin Munro is brought into the attack. He had an excellent outing with the bat, can he do it with the ball too?
  • 7.6 Clips it through the leg side to keep strike. 3 from the first, 17 from this! 62/2
  • 7.5 SIX! 50-run stand comes up in just 35 balls! Floated delivery around middle, Kohli dances down the track and lofts it with pure timing over the long on fence for a maximum.
  • 7.4 Fuller on off, drilled through covers for one.
  • 7.3 NOT OUT! An arm ball around middle and leg, Kohli tries to be cheeky here. He attempts for the reverse sweep but seems to have gotten an inside edge there. Santner keeps appealing but the rest of the fielders are caught napping. The batsmen run through for a single. Mitchell has a word with Williamson and takes the review. Snick shows no inside edge. Hawk Eye shows it's in line but would have missed the leg stump. NZ waste their review! A leg bye added to the total.
  • New Zealand have taken an LBW review against Kohli. Seems to be an inside edge there.
  • 7.2 FOUR! Lovely shot! Floats it up outside off, Kohli dances down the track and lofts it inside out over cover. Neat and tidy!
  • 7.1 FOUR! Sliced! Full toss on the stumps, Kohli comes down the track to drive but slices it between cover and point for a boundary.
  • 6.6 Goes deep and whips it through mid-wicket for just a single. 5 from the over! Good one for NZ! 45/2
  • 6.5 Good bowling from Ish! He sees Iyer giving the charge and so fires it outside leg, the batsman wears it on the pads. The ball goes towards point and the batsmen take a single. Leg bye signalled.
  • 6.4 Flatter outside off, cut hard but finds the man at point.
  • 6.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 6.2 Short ball, skidding off the surface, pulled off the inner half through square leg for a single.
  • 6.1 Call is for two but won't get it! Quicker and drifting on the pads, clipped towards long on. Kohli wants two but Iyer isn't interested.
  • Spin from both ends now. Ish Sodhi is brought into the attack.
  • 5.6 Tossed up outside off, eased down to long off for a single. Excellent from Santner, just 3 off it inside the Powerplay. 40/2
  • 5.5 Quicker through the air on middle, clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 5.4 Drops it short on middle, middle pulled towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 5.3 Fires it around middle, Iyer looks to play it across the line but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 5.2 Flatter on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 5.1 Floats it up around off, Kohli pushes it towards cover-point and calls for the single. The fielder throws it towards the keeper but Iyer is quick to get back in. Kohli goes past Dilshan in the all-time leading run scorer list in T20Is. He is currently second now!
  • Mitchell Santner is brought into the attack. We saw Chahal going for 17 in the Powerplay, will the Indians target the spinner here?
  • 4.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 37/2
  • 4.5 Length delivery outside off, Iyer looks to go over the off side but gets beaten.
  • 4.4 A bit of a hesitation! Back of a length outside off, Iyar taps it towards cover and sets off. Seeing Santner charging in from cover, Kohli sends Shreyas back. Needs to be careful here.
  • 4.3 Back of a length delivery on off, Kohli dabs it down to third man to collect another single.
  • 4.2 Shortish outside off, Kohli punches it off the back foot towards cover.
  • 4.1 Milne drops it a bit short outside off, Iyer hops and with an angled bat places it towards third man. Using the pace on the ball.
  • Adam Milne is back!
  • 3.6 FOUR! Down the track and bang! Slower delivery on middle, Kohli skips down the track and flat-bats it down the ground for a boundary to end the over. 14 off it! 35/2
  • 3.5 Back of a length outside off, dabbed towards third man for one.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Crashed it! Anything in the channel outside off, Iyer has decided to go after it. He cuts it square on the off side and it goes racing towards the fence.
  • 3.3 Top edge! Short ball, rising off the deck. Kohli goes for the pull but gets a top edge on that one. No harm done as the ball falls safely towards square leg. Sodhi from short fine leg mops it up. A run taken.
  • 3.2 Chance of a run out! Fuller in length outside off, Kohli chips it uppishly wide of cover. Williamson at mid off gets to the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end as Iyer dives to get back in. Could have been close had that it.
  • 3.1 FOUR! Just a chip! Fuller in a length, a bit of curl inward, Kohli just chips it down the ground. All about timing as the ball goes over the man at mid on for a boundary.
  • 2.6 FOUR! That's flayed! Iyer is in mood! A bit short and outside off, Shreyas once again cuts and cuts hard. Gets it past backward point for another boundary. 21/2
  • 2.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 2.4 Kohli is off the mark! Back of a length outside off, glided down to third man for one.
  • 2.3 Angles it in on middle, Kohli comes down the track and looks to heave it across the line. Misses and is struck on the pads. They appeal but it was a bit too high.
  • 2.2 Length ball on off, punched towards the off side for a single.
  • 2.1 FOUR! Thrashed! Shortish and outside off, room on offer too. Iyer gets on top of the bounce and slaps it through point for a boundary to welcome the bowler.
  • The skipper, Virat Kohli walks out to bat next. There is a bowling change too. Colin de Grandhomme is brought into the attack.
  • 1.6 OUT! Two wickets in the same over for Boult! What a start for the Kiwis! Both the Indian openers are sent packing early. Once again Boult slants it away on a length outside off, Sharma just tries to use the pace and guide it away. It goes towards the keeper and New Zealand put in a loud appeal. The umpire after thinking for a while raises his finger. There was certainly a deflection there and don't know why it took him time to rule it out. Rohit walks back dejected. 11/2
  • 1.5 A loud shout for a caught behind! Slants it away on a length outside off, Sharma looks to dab it away but the ball moves off the pitch and nearly takes the outside edge to the keeper.
  • 1.4 Stands tall and just runs it down to third man for a single.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Off the mark in style! Boult serves it full and sprayed wider outside off, Iyer leans into it and drives it through point for a boundary to open his account.
  • Shreyas Iyer comes ahead of Kohli. He didn't get a chance to bat in the last game. He would be looking to make the most of this opportunity.
  • 1.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! Trent Boult is up and running! Perfect start for the Kiwis this! He bowls a length delivery, angling in from around off. Dhawan tries to heave it across the line but misses and sees his middle stump pegged back. Superb from Trent and India have been rocked early.
  • 1.1 He comes running in over the wicket and angles it in, skids a bit off the deck and hits Dhawan on the pads who tries flick.
  • Trent Boult to bowl from the other end. He was taken for aplenty in the last game. Can he redeem himself tonight?
  • 0.6 A bit short on middle, Shikhar tucks it through mid-wicket and scampers through for a quick single to get off the mark. Good comeback from Milne after being hit for a boundary on the second ball of the over. 6/0
  • 0.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, Dhawan hops and taps it back down the wicket.
  • A wide slip for Dhawan...
  • 0.4 Length delivery, drifting on the pads, clipped behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • Slip comes out now...
  • 0.3 Fuller and angling in again, Rohit prods forward in defense.
  • 0.2 FOUR! Rohit Sharma is underway! Milne drops it short outside off, sits up at a good height too. Rohit stands tall and pulls it handsomely over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 0.1 Milne starts off from over the wicket and angles it in on middle, Sharma clips it towards mid on. Dhawan comes down the track searching for a run but is sent back at the right time.
  • We are back for the run chase after a delay. Tighten your seat belts, folks. Going by the way the Indian openers batted in the last game, their side would be hoping for the same tonight as well. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stride out to the middle. It will be Adam Milne to start off with the bowling proceedings. A slip in place...



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119