Rajkot T20I: New Zealand win toss and elect to bat against India

05 November, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Lester Mason
  • Manish Pandey Kuldeep Yadav

Things looked ominous for India as the openers smashed three sixes between them to take the Black Caps to a position of dominance at 83 for naught by the halfway mark.

Some fine hitting from Colin Munro and a brilliant opening over by Trent Boult have helped steer the Black Caps to a series-tying win against India in this morning's T20 match in Rajkot.

In reply, India never got going, losing regular wickets and despite a 65 from Virat Kohli and 49 from MS Dhoni, the home side finished on 156 for seven.

Munro teamed with Martin Guptill at the top of the order, enjoying a 105-run partnership to start the innings, before Guptill fell for 45 in the 12th over.

The Indian skipper reached his 18th half century in 32 balls while Dhoni, content to play second fiddle, survived a stumping chance off Sodhi before carting the next ball over long-on for a six.

Debutant paceman Mohammed Siraj gave away 53 runs in four overs but got his maiden global wicket in skipper Kane Williamson for 12.

Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (1/36) and Axar Patel too failed to stem the run-flow.

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2 - Only two bowlers has conceded more than Mohammed Siraj (0/53) on T20I debut, which is the second-most by Indian behind Joginder Sharma's 57 runs against South Africa in the 2007 World T20. Siraj picked up 10 wickets from six games in the last IPL, including a four-for against Gujarat Lions.

Guptill later danced down the track to smack Chahal over mid-wicket and Munro was nearly caught on the boundary line by Kumar in the same over at the end of which the visitors were 83 without loss.

The Indian top order batting, with superb stroke-makers in Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli, has to be tamed early if New Zealand hope to keep the series alive till the final game.

On the back of Colin Munro's unbeaten century, New Zealand posted 196/2 in their 20 overs. With the hosts reduced to 2-11 inside two overs, it would only take a Herculean effort to chase down 197.

The visitors' decision went down well with India captain Virat Kohli, who was wary of the dew and said that his plan was to bowl anyway.

Bowling: Milne 4-0-30-0 (1w), Boult 4-0-34-4, Grandhomme 1-0-10-0, Santner 4-0-31-1, Sodhi 4-0-25-1, Munro 3-0-23-1.

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