After facing a demoralizing loss in the first T20I of the three-match series in Wellington, Team India enter the Eden Park in Auckland with the determination to make a comeback. After winning the toss, the Kiwi skipper, Kane Williamson decided to bat first and surprisingly, the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma also wanted to chase. Another surprising thing happened as both the skippers decided not to make any changes in the squad. Indian bowlers responded well as the hosts only managed to score 158 runs in their quota of 20 overs. However, Vijay Shankar’s direct hit from the boundary line was the highlight on the innings.
The Indian bowlers had got three wickets inside the powerplay overs as the Kiwis were reeling at 43/3. However, Ross Taylor (42) and Colin de Grandhome (50) made a decent partnership for the 5th wicket as they amassed 77 runs together. Despite their efforts, the Kiwis were struggling at 153/6 at the mark of 19 overs, but the Vijay Shankar’s effort on the final ball of the penultimate over became the highlight of the game as Taylor went packing after it.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was bowling the 19th over of the first innings and Mitchell Santner was the crease on the final ball of the over, Santner clubbed the ball towards long-on where Shankar picked the ball in the flow and smashed a direct hit and as a result of that, Taylor was found short at the non-striker’s end while completing the second run. Taylor was sprinting back for the second, puts in the dive but all in vain as Vijay beat him with his arm speed.
Here is the video of the dismissal:
Shankar's direct hit…!! pic.twitter.com/zFuLpMjcfq
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New Zealand team only managed to reach a total of 158/8 in their quota of 20 overs. From India, Krunal Pandya was the pick of the bowlers as he finished the innings with the figures of 3/28.