IND vs NZ 2nd T20I Highlights: India win by 6 wickets, level the series 1-1

India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets after their run-chase went down to the wire in a low-scoring match on a rank-turning surface.

IND vs NZ 2nd T20I Highlights: India win by 6 wickets, level the series 1-1

India level the series 1-1. Sportzpics

India Vs New Zealand At Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, 29 January, 2023

29 January, 2023
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

99/8 (20.0 ov)

2nd T20I

101/4 (19.5 ov)

India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

23:12 (IST)


So after a nerve-wreacking clash, India have levelled the series and the third match will have a lot more than just consolation or pride to play for. The series is on line, well and truly alive! That's it from our live coverage! See you again on Wednesday. Untill then, have a good night!

23:09 (IST)


Hardik Pandya: I always believed that we'll be able to finish the game, but it went quite late. All these games are important with the moments. You don't need to panic because it was about rotating the strike rather than taking the pressure. We followed our basics.

To be honest, it was a shocker of a wicket. Both the games we have played on so far. I don't mind difficult wickets. I am all up for that, but these two wickets were not made for T20. Somewhere down the line the curators or the grounds that we are going to play in should make sure they prepare the pitches earlier. Other than that, happy.

Even 120 would have been a winning total. Bowlers - they stuck to their plans and ensured they did not rotate the strike. We kept rotating the spinners. Dew didn't play much part in this. They were able to spin the ball more than us. It was carrying through well.

23:06 (IST)


New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner: It was a great game of cricket. To get it so close was great effort from the bowlers. If we'd got an extra 10 or 15, could have been the difference. The calmness of Surya and Hardik to get them over the line was pretty good. We bowled 16 or 17 (17) overs of spin, definitely something different. With the bounce out there, it looked challenging. You are not sure what a good total is. 120 might have been a good score. Rotation of the strike might have been the difference.

22:44 (IST)


Washington Sundar: All of us were on our toes. I am sure everyone watching would have been on their toes. This has been very very exciting. Two-three games like this out of every 10-11 games would be amazing. That kind of misjudgment happens in such pressurizing matches (on the mix-up with SKY). It was very important for Surya to stay till the end that's why I sacrificed my wicket.

22:36 (IST)


India have finally chased down a poultry 100-run target! But mind it that was no poultry total considering the surface and the manner in which New Zealand bowled made it even more thought to reach the target. The bowling cards of both sides have looked like a batting card today as 30 of the 40 overs were bowled by spinners. The series is now levelled 1-1 and Ahmedabad will have a game to savour as both sides will play to end on a winning note and also lift the trophy.

22:30 (IST)


19.5 Finally a boundary! Short and SKY flat bats it over mid-off. The ball meets the boundary cushion and SKY has a boundary to his name. Imagine a match where Suryakumar Yadav played 31 balls and hit only one boundary! Such has been the contest tonight, and and excellent game of cricket despite of it being low scoring!
India win by 6 wickets

22:28 (IST)


19.4 Hardik Pandya plays towards mid on and they take a quick single. A direct hit would have been a wicket.
India need 3 runs off 2 balls

22:27 (IST)


19.3 Tickner has dropped SKY in his follow-through. He smashes it straight and the ball goes straight into Tickner's hands but pops out as fast as it went. Tickner cannot believe!
India need 4 off 3 balls

22:25 (IST)

19.2 That's a dot ball! 5 needed of 4 balls now.

22:24 (IST)


19.1 Short, wide of off and Hardik gets and edge that seemed to race away to boundary, but the third man was too fine and cuts it down. Just a single.



India will face New Zealand in the second T20I of the series and will look to defend their enviable home turf record as the Kiwis dare to snatch an elusive victory on Indian soil.

While T20Is are not supposed to offer too much consequence this year, they are surely here for the entertainment of the fans.

It will be interesting to see how India make a comeback after losing the first match and whether will they only change their strategy or will also change their personnel. Is it the right time to hand Prithvi Shaw another international cap? Or will it be too early to break faith in Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill?

The Indian top order failed miserably and seems too heavily dependent on Suryakumar Yadav. If not for Washington Sundar, they were staring at a humiliating defeat.

The fast bowlers as well have looked wayward as Umran Malik’s line and length does not complement his speed and Arshdeep Singh seems to have a tendency of being inconsistent.

New Zealand, for the first time on this tour, will feel stronger and motivated enough as they have a real chance to crush Indians.

Their batters attacked the Indian bowlers tirelessly and posted a very good total. The bowlers then came to the fore and restricted Indian batters well within the target. The spinners too managed to turn the ball square, though they themselves were surprised.

The temperature in Lucknow is expected to be on the cooler side – India is enjoying winter! Both the teams are expected to play an unchanged XI, unless Prithvi Shaw sees the light of the day.

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