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India vs New Zealand, Highlights, 2nd T20I in Auckland, Full Cricket Score: Men in Blue grab 2-0 series lead with seven-wicket win

Date: Sunday, 26 January, 2020 15:57 IST

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Match Ended

India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

132/5 OV : (20.0) RR.(6.6)
135/3 OV : (17.3) RR.(7.8)
Match Ended:

India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

Man Of the Match:

This over 17.3

  • 1
  • 1
  • 6


KL Rahul (W)

  • 57 (50)
  • 4s X 3
  • 6s X 2

Shivam Dube

  • 8 (4)
  • 4s X 0
  • 6s X 1


Tim Southee

  • 20 (3.3)
  • M X 0
  • W X 2

Hamish Bennett

  • 29 (3)
  • M X 0
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Current Partnership Last Wicket

10 ( 1.0 ) R/R: 10

Shivam Dube 8(4)

KL Rahul 2(2)

125/3 (16.3 over)

Shreyas Iyer 44 (33) SR: S.R (133.33)

c Tim Southee b Ish Sodhi

India in New Zealand 5 T20I Series 2020 2nd T20I Match Result India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

India vs New Zealand, Highlights, 2nd T20I in Auckland, Full Cricket Score: Men in Blue grab 2-0 series lead with seven-wicket win


15:57 (IST)

India take 2-0 lead in the five-match series. And as said earlier, India seem to have adopted a new way to win matches and that is when Rohit and Kohli fail with the bat. Rahul and Iyer, the young guns, are in red hot form and they are making sure, they take the side to the winning mark as well. Hosts have been less than ordinary in the match. They will need some luck for sure in Hamilton but more importantely a better effort with bat and ball and sharp planning as well. So, we will see you on the 29 January. Good bye for now.

15:53 (IST)

Virat Kohli, India captain: We backed it up with another good performance today. Bowlers stood out. Line and lengths were good. It was a very good feature for us as a team. That helped us restrict to 132 for 5 on a very good wicket. I think the pitch was enough for 160. We understood the angle of the field better in this match. Ball gripped for the spinners. Chahal was also good. All pacers made good contributions. When you display a complete peformance like that, you end up winning so convincingly. The dimensions of Hamiltion ground are better than Auckland and we are ready for the challenge. 

15:51 (IST)

KL Rahul is the Player of the Match for his unbeaten 57

Rahul: Obviously different circumstances. I knew what I had to do, and knew I couldn't do it the same way as two days ago. We had lost seniors Rohit and Kohli early, and I had to stay in and finish the game. How I read the situation and read the game, that has gotten better. More often than not, I have come up with the right shots.

15:48 (IST)

Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: It was a tough day. The wicket was quite different, and as a batting unit, we needed another 15 or 20. Credit to the way the Indians bowled. They are a class side. Even though we had 130-on the board on a small ground, we had to get early wickets. Once again they showed their experience. there were glimpses that were 15-20 short than where we would've wanted to finish. (On moving to Hamilton next) It's important we have a look at the conditions and do what's best suited and keep moving forward, and that's ultimately what we look forward to.

15:45 (IST)

Food for thought

15:38 (IST)

Jadeja's spell was instrumental in restricting the Black Caps to less than 140

15:38 (IST)

What a run KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer are having!

15:34 (IST)

Did you know?

— This is the first time that India have beaten New Zealand in two consecutive T20Is.

— KL Rahul’s last five T20I innings:

91, 45, 54, 56, 57* (Today)

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician
15:34 (IST)
15:34 (IST)

Slow pitch but never mind, India's top AND middle order up to the task. That too without significant contributions from Rohit and Kohli. This is a line that the team management would have liked to hear for so, so long. Finally the pieces are falling into place and the puzzle is getting solved. All-round performance from India, New Zealand completely out played. 2-0 to the Men in Blue without getting into fifth gear.

Chetan Narula, Freelance cricket journalist in Southampton
15:34 (IST)
15:34 (IST)

New Zealand players with 50-plus wickets in T20Is:

Tim Southee
Nathan McCullum
Mitchell Santner
Ish Sodhi*

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician
15:34 (IST)
15:31 (IST)

SIX! Dube smashes Southee over long on to finish the match. India win by seven wickets. They go 2-0 up in the series. The template seems to be changing for India with Iyer and Rahul performing, taking the side over the victory line. Happened in this match as well, with Iyer scoring 44 and Rahul scoring unbeaten 57. Back to back fifties for Rahul, a walk in Eden Park for him.

15:30 (IST)

The Black Cap with the most impact in this game

15:29 (IST)

After 17 overs,India 127/3 ( KL Rahul (W) 56 , Shivam Dube 1)

Mere formalities left in the match but New Zealand have been able to pick up one more wicket in form of Iyer, who missed a fifty. Going unbeaten would have surely helped Iyer's confidence but he has done his job at least in this match. Dube joins Rahul in the middle. The next over should see India go 2-0 up in the series. They just need 6 runs off 18 balls.  

15:27 (IST)

OUT! Iyer departs! He wanted to clear the ropes again, smashed it unlike the last time, could not connect it properly, ball ballooned into the air before landing in Southee's hands who took a good diving catch near long off. Shreyas Iyer c Southee b Ish Sodhi 44(33)

15:24 (IST)

SIX! Shottteyyyyy! Iyer's eyes lit up as he saw some loop on it, came down the track and dispatched it into the last tier over the long on boundary. Phew, what a hit. 

15:22 (IST)

After 16 overs,India 117/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 54 , Shreyas Iyer 38)

Iyer and Rahul join hands to make short work of the total now. They had a good look at the ball and did not take risks for a while but now they are beginning to unleash and if the continue like this, it would not take much to hit the remaining 16 runs. There are still 24 balls left. 

15:21 (IST)

FOUR! Iyer wants to have some more against his name, short ball from Tickner and Iyer plays a ramp shot for four more behind the wickets. 

15:20 (IST)

SIX! Iyer joins the fun as he clears his front leg and hits it over long off for a huge six. 

15:18 (IST)

Did you know?

This is KL Rahul’s fourth consecutive 45-plus score while chasing in T20Is.

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician
15:18 (IST)
15:18 (IST)

After 15 overs,India 103/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 52 , Shreyas Iyer 26)

Rahul's red hot form continues and like every batsman who wants some luck on his side, he has some for himself as well as the top edge flew for six over third man. The next ball though was hit to deep extra cover in style by Rahul to bring up his fifty, second in the series. In the last two overs, hosts have fielded badly and that has helped the India cause a lot. India need 30 runs in 30 balls. This should be easy. 

15:15 (IST)

FOUR! Lovely shot, length ball and Rahul lofts it over the extra cover fielder for four runs to bring up his fifty, another half-century for the man in form. 

15:14 (IST)

SIX! Fortune favours the brave as top edge off Rahul's bat flies over third man boundary for six runs. 

15:12 (IST)

After 14 overs,India 87/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 42 , Shreyas Iyer 25)

Tickner comes back to bowl his second over. Two of India's young but mature batsmen displaying some school boy cricket attitude while running between the wickets. New Zealand had two chances of running both the batsmen out, once at the non-striker's end and then at the batsman's end but luck seems to be on their side. Need to buckle up and not give a wicket away here in this fashion. Kiwis would be disappointed at not being able to convert these chances into wickets. India need 46 runs in 36 balls.

15:12 (IST)

Iyer releasing some pressure with that six. This has been an intriguing partnership. The duo know it is a slow pitch and are content with rotation of strike more than boundaries. They have now put India into a situation where the boundaries will come, the longer they stay at the wicket. It could still be tight but New Zealand need both these wickets for that.

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Eden Park
15:12 (IST)
15:07 (IST)

After 13 overs,India 82/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 41 , Shreyas Iyer 21)

Santner continues. Starts off with a shortish ball, Rahul his him for two runs at covers. Rahul is now looking good in rotating the strike. He is 41 off 40 balls, just the kind of knock someone at the top was required to play on this track. India need 51 runs in 42 balls.

15:05 (IST)

Good drivers of vehicles are India's young brigade

15:03 (IST)

After 12 overs,India 76/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 36 , Shreyas Iyer 20)

Sodhi continues. Tickner does well to cut off two runs at the ropes with a dive. Iyer was eyeing the length ball and when he got it from Sodhi, he hit it for six runs. That will do for now and it lessens the pressure a bit. Boundaries are hard to come by, so the Indians need to rotate the strike more often. Williamson may be needs to change the pace on the ball now. India need 57 runs in 48 balls.

15:02 (IST)

SIX! Iyer comes down the track, length ball from Sodhi and Iyer had spotted it, and pounced on the chance, that went sailing over the long on boundary for six runs.

14:58 (IST)

The pair's crucial to India's hopes in this game

14:58 (IST)

After 11 overs,India 63/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 34 , Shreyas Iyer 10)

Santner continues and two back to back good overs from New Zealand's perspective. Just 3 off this over as well and yet again Rahul caught in the crease, not being able to rotate the strike. He has been the better player among the two and Kiwis are creating pressure on him steadily and slowly. India need 70 runs in 54 balls.

14:54 (IST)

After 10 overs,India 60/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 33 , Shreyas Iyer 8)

Sodhi continues. Starts off with a short stuff and Iyer collects 1 to long on and after that sliders after sliders. Four dots to Rahul after Iyer collected 1 at deep mid-wicket. These dots will create pressure. Just 3 runs off the over. India need 73 runs in 60 balls.

14:51 (IST)

After 9 overs,India 57/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 32 , Shreyas Iyer 6)

Santner continues. KL Rahul takes a single off the first ball to bring up India's fifty in this chase. Rahul is the key here and he will like to have Iyer's company for some time for sure. He is playing proper cricket shots, scoring at a decent rate as well. 8 runs from the over. India need 76 runs in 66 balls.

14:50 (IST)

FOUR! Good shot from Rahul, ball spinning away, waited for the ball and opened the face of the bat to guide it to third man boundary for four runs. Deft touch. 

14:47 (IST)

After 8 overs,India 49/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 26 , Shreyas Iyer 4)

Alright, so spin from both the ends as Ish Sodhi, right-arm leg break, comes to bowl. He will look to bowl the sliders. But he needs to attack the wickets more just like Chahal. The pace is no more on the ball and India have not got boundaries for some time, there is something brewing at the moment. India need 84 runs in 72 balls. 

14:46 (IST)

Rahul and Iyer have a crucial role to play in this context

14:43 (IST)

After 7 overs,India 42/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 21 , Shreyas Iyer 2)

First sight of spin from Kiwis as Mitchell Santner, Left arm orthodox, brought into the attack. Started off with two shortish deliveries and then went fuller and wider to ask the batsmen to reach out to the ball to hit. There is a chance on this track for wickets if you bowl slow and wide, asking the batsmen to do all the hard work and bring power into play. Just 2 off the first over of Santner. Terrific stuff. India need 91 runs in 78 balls.

14:41 (IST)

Kohli gone. Stupendous catch behind the wickets. Normally this would be a cause for major concern and India would stare down the barrel. But they have two batsmen at the crease who have done really well in white ball cricket for the past few months. Much to be seen what they can do in this situation, especially Shreyas Iyer. Different situation than the last and a true test of his awareness as a number four.

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Eden Park
14:41 (IST)
14:40 (IST)

After 6 overs,India 40/2 ( KL Rahul (W) 20 , Shreyas Iyer 1)

Southee has delivered. He got his third over on the run and this was a big risk in this New Zealand bowling line up without Ferguson and Boult but Kane Williamson's risk has paid off with Kohli back in the hut. Iyer is the new man in and he is already looking to shuffle in his crease to distract the bowler. Gets off the mark with a punch to the off side on the last ball of the over. End of powerplay and India are 42 for 2, need 93 runs in 84 balls.

14:36 (IST)

OUT! Kohli is gone, big wicket for New Zealand and not the best of deliveries to get rid of the batsman of his class, but Southee won't mind, bowled down the leg stump line, Kohli wanted to flick it, but the ball touched the outside edge of the bat and flew to keeper who took a great diving catch to his left. Kohli c Seifert b Southee 11(12) 

14:34 (IST)

After 5 overs,India 39/1 ( KL Rahul (W) 20 , Virat Kohli (C) 11)

Blair Tickner, right-arm fast medium, brought into the attack and welcomed by Kohli with a boundary off the first ball. Rahul looking in same old fine touch at the moment despite some deliveries troubling him previously. Gets a six in the over, using the pace of the ball. Such shots are always on on such track. 15 runs from the over.

14:33 (IST)

SIX! Smart shot from Rahul, short stuff from Tickner, Rahul uses the pace and guides it over third man boundary for a flat six. 

14:31 (IST)

FOUR! Kohli prepared for it, Tickner into the attack, goes full and Kohli hits him over the mid off fielder for four runs, he was uppish but safe. 

14:28 (IST)

After 4 overs,India 24/1 ( KL Rahul (W) 12 , Virat Kohli (C) 4)

Bennett continues. His plan seems to be attack the stumps as well, not give room to the either batsmen. He bowled at the middle leg stump line on first two balls and gace away six runs. A short ball to Kohli, almost perfect, as Kohli attempted a ramp shot but missed to connect it. Bennett followed it up with a slower one, spotted early by Kohli who tapped it to off side. Bennett is up to the task today, mixing his length and pace. 8 runs from the over.

14:26 (IST)

FOUR! Short ball from Bennett to Rahul and the batsman swivels it for four runs to long leg boundary. Very creative and effective. 

14:24 (IST)

After 3 overs,India 16/1 ( KL Rahul (W) 5 , Virat Kohli (C) 3)

Southee completes the second over of his spell. He was on money from the ball number 1 in the over. Wicket is slightly two-paced, confirms Colin Munro, who is mic'd up on the ground. Southee has taken a leaf out of Indian pacers' plan and is attacking the stumps every now and then. There is a player placed at what seems to be the fourth slip for the outswinger that may take the edge off the bat. Just 3 off the over. 

14:22 (IST)

India off to another poor start. Another cheap dismissal for Rohit Sharma. He is yet to find his feet in this time zone. A little expansive on that shot and gone. Should have been out on the previous shot similarly, so surprising that he didn't check it. NZ open with pace from both ends. Should have Santner bowling early, I think.

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at Eden Park
14:22 (IST)
14:21 (IST)

Virat Kohli v New Zealand in T20Is:

70, 23, 26*, 65, 13, 45

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician
14:21 (IST)
14:19 (IST)

After 2 overs,India 13/1 ( KL Rahul (W) 3 , Virat Kohli (C) 2)

Hamish Bennett, right-arm fast medium, shares the new ball with Southee and he almost knocks off Rahul with a snorter then rose from the length, surprising the right-handed batsman who evaded it successfully in the end. Good start by Bennett. Just 5 runs from the over. 

14:18 (IST)

Rohit's early exit certainly has given the Kiwis some hope

14:16 (IST)

After 1 over,India 8/1 ( KL Rahul (W) 0 , )

Rohit Sharma was looking easy on eyes from the word go, flourishing cover drive to start the chase as he and India open account with a boundary. Southee then changed his plan and started bowling a little shorter than earlier, got the ball to move away, placed the slip at just the perfect, and got the result in his favour. Rohit is back and this is a great start for New Zealand.

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Live Updates: SIX! Dube smashes Southee over long on to finish the match. India win by seven wickets. They go 2-0 up in the series. The template seems to be changing for India with Iyer and Rahul performing, taking the side over the victory line. Happened in this match as well, with Iyer scoring 44 and Rahul scoring unbeaten 57. Back to back fifties for Rahul, a walk in Eden Park for him.

Report, 1st T20I: Shreyas Iyer's blazing fifty took India to their maiden victory in the five-match series against New Zealand at Auckland. His 29-ball 58 was crucial, in the end, as India required 60 odd runs in the last five overs or so, with two wickets of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli falling in quick succession. Thanks to the win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, with the second match to be played at the same ground on 26 January.

"It's really amazing coming from overseas after a little home tour," Iyer said. "It's a great feeling to win the game and be not out, especially.

"We had lost two quick wickets in succession and it was really important for us to build a partnership at that point of the game because we knew the boundaries are a little bit short and we could cover the run-rate any time. That's what we had communicated in the team and fortunately it worked out."

New Zealand set India's star-studded batting line-up a testing chase after losing the toss.

Colin Munro (59), Kane Williamson (51) and Ross Taylor (54 not out) made half-centuries as New Zealand scored at a consistently high rate throughout their innings to surpass 200.

Munro and Martin Guptill (30) put on 80 for the first wicket in only 7.5 overs. New Zealand lost two quick wickets but Williamson restored momentum in a mid-innings stand of 71 with Taylor, then the veteran Taylor finished off a strong batting performance with his first T20 half-century in six years.

"We always know coming to Eden Park, it's not easy to defend," Williamson said. "They certainly showed their class in chasing down that total.

"We knew batting first we were going to have to get a good score on the board and we were able to do that, but with the ball in hand we need a few wickets early to get ahead of the game."

Black Caps will be aiming to work on their shortfalls and make it 1-1 in the series in the second T20I.


India team players: Rohit SharmaYuzvendra ChahalShivam DubeShreyas IyerManish PandeyRishabh PantKL RahulVirat Kohli(c)Ravindra JadejaKuldeep YadavShardul ThakurJasprit Bumrah Navdeep SainiWashington SundarSanju Samson

New Zealand team players: Kane Williamson (capt)Martin GuptillRoss TaylorScott KuggeleijnColin MunroColin de GrandhommeTom BruceDaryl MitchellMitchell SantnerTim Seifert (wk), Hamish Bennett, Ish SodhiTim SoutheeBlair Tickner.

With inputs from The Associated Press

Updated Date: Jan 26, 2020