India and New Zealand are up against each other in the second T20I in Ranchi’s Jharkhand State Cricket Academy International Stadium. India won the first T20I in Jaipur by five wickets and is leading the three-match T20I series by 1-0. Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first. India made a forced change as Mohammed Siraj injured his finger and was replaced by Harshal Patel, who is making his international debut.
On the other hand, New Zealand made three changes as they left out Lockie Ferguson, Rachin Ravindra, and Todd Astle for Adam Milne, James Neesham, and Ish Sodhi. Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell walked out to open the innings. Guptill smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for successive fours on the first two balls of the match. He was looking in ominous touch and was hitting boundaries for fun before Deepak Chahar outfoxed him with a bouncer. He scored 31 runs in 15 balls.
Mark Chapman got out to Axar Patel after scoring 21 runs and out walked Glenn Phillips. He was batting well in the middle and had hit two sixes before going into the death overs. Harshal Patel was given the ball to bowl the 17th over and Phillips smashed a six on the first ball.
However, Harshal kept his calm and dismissed Phillips on the third ball of the over with a slower one. Phillips scored 34 runs in 21 balls, where he hit one four and three sixes. The Kiwis were down to 153/6 by the end of 20 overs.
The funny bat-breaking incident took place in the 18th over of the innings when Neesham was struggling to put runs on the board. Bhuvneshwar bowled a good delivery outside the off-stump and Neesham tried to smash it hard to send it for the maximum but it didn’t happen as the ball hit the toe-end of the bat and it simply rolled back towards the pacer and the piece of the bat went flying up in the air.
Here is the video of the incident:
Breaking bat ft. James Neesham https://t.co/MYA3UQjCxy
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