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2nd T20I: India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, level series 1-1

AUCKLAND: Mahendra Singh Dhoni watched from the 22 yards distance as his heir obvious Rishabh Pant showed spunk in a difficult state of affairs, guiding India to a comfy seven-wicket victory in opposition to New Zealand in the second T20 International on Friday.


The chase was arrange through skipper Rohit Sharma (50 off 29 balls) in company of Shikhar Dhawan (30, 31 balls) with a 79-run stand after Krunal Pandya got three wickets to limit the hosts to 158/8. With a whirlwind fifty, Rohit also turned into the highest run-getter in the layout, surpassing Martin Guptill.

Dhoni, the unique grasp finisher couldn't were happier as he saw Pant control what may have been a difficult 159-run chase with an unbeaten 40 off 28 balls. The collection is now tied 1-1 with the decider in Hamilton on Sunday.

With the former India captain (20 no off 17 balls) taking part in the role of a mentor at the other finish, the 44-run stand was very significant as Indian cricket slowly strikes towards a metamorphosis of guard in coming days.

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Pant's one-handed six off Tim Southee or his back force off Scott Kuggeleijn to complete off the fit had been reminiscent of Dhoni's very best days. He hit four obstacles and a six in all.

The innings would without a doubt lend a hand him make a powerful case for being integrated in the World Cup squad.

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Earlier, Krunal enhanced his already growing popularity as a gentle brief layout bowler with three necessary breakthroughs as India restricted New Zealand to a below-par 158/8.

The parsimonious Krunal (three/28 in four overs) dismissed Colin Munro (12) and skipper Kane Williamson (20) to peg the Black Caps back early in the innings.

In between, Krunal also got the debatable wicket of Daryl Mitchell (1), who fell prey to an umpiring howler, when 'Hotspot' showed a transparent inside edge onto the pads.

However, Colin de Grandhomme, who has performed for KKR in the IPL, then counter-attacked, scoring a blistering 50 off 28 balls, adding 77 runs with Ross Taylor (42 off 36 balls) for the 5th wicket.

Once De Grandhomme was despatched back to the dug-out through Hardik Pandya (1/36 in four overs) and Taylor was run-out, New Zealand's chances of a large general went up in smoke.

It was a much-improved performance through the Indian bowlers with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29 in four overs) casting off Tim Seifert (12) in the very 3rd over with a fuller delivery, inducing an inside edge to Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the back of the stumps.

However, it was Krunal, who in point of fact applied the brakes after being introduced throughout the Powerplay overs.

The elder Pandya briefly discovered the ideal duration, bowling his standard wicket to wicket deliveries with a flatter trajectory.

Both Munro and Williamson got skidders. While the left-handed opener Munro hit one straight to the duvet, Williamson was caught plumb in-front.

However, it was the dismissal of Mitchell that once once more raised the 'Spirit of Cricket' debate even if it was a transparent case of an umpiring howler through TV umpire Shaun Haig.

Krunal angled one into Mitchell, who got an inside edge onto the pads. The on-field umpire adjudged him leg ahead of and he promptly requested for DRS.

As the enormous screen showed that a faint edge might be detected through Hotspot, to everybody's dismay, TV umpire Shaun Haig pressed the red button to sign out.

After that, it was left to India captain Rohit Sharma to call the participant back however he did not do so.

At 50 for four, it was De Grandhomme, who took charge as he attacked Yuzvendra Chahal (zero/37 in four overs), hitting him for a couple of sixes.

When he was as regards to threatening to take the game away, De Grandhomme smacked one straight to covers in skipper Rohit's palms.

India bowled 35 dot balls, which could well be decisive in the ultimate context of the fit.

Young Khaleel Ahmed (2/27) polished off two wickets finally. He and Bhuvneshwar also bowled 18 dot balls between them.

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