India vs New Zealand 2017, 2nd T20I: Hits and Misses
Success and failure stories from India's 40-run defeat to New Zealand.
New Zealand showed why they are the best team in the world in T20 cricket when they pulled off a dominant, relentless win against India in Rajkot on Saturday (November 4).
Powered by a ginormous opening partnership between Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, the hosts got hold of a strong total of 196-2 at the end of 20 overs.
India had a nightmarish start to the chase and could never truly walk out of their misery after that. Skipper Virat Kohli tried to offer some resistance with his well-crafted half century, but he was a lone warrior in India's batting unit on the day.
His contribution wasn't enough though and India succumbed to a 40-run defeat to Kane Williamson's team, who have now equaled the three match series 1-1.
Here are the hits and misses from the game:
#1 Hit: Colin Munro
The New Zealand opening batsman has been a revelation of sorts on this tour of India. He was consistent in the ODI series and has now scored the highest T20 innings against India in India in the shortest format of the game.
He was exceptional from the word go and slammed the Indian bowlers all over the park. The dead pitch definitely assisted his cause, but it seemed like the left-handed batsman could've scored just as smoothly on any other track on the day.
His riveting knock of 109 off 58 deliveries was made even more special by the fact that he remained not out through the innings. Guptill played an archetype second fiddle to Munro in the first half of the innings and the pair put up an opening stand of 105 runs in 11 overs before he was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal for an unlucky score of 45.
Munro was not done even after scoring the century. He came back to bowl during the Indian innings and picked up the vital wicket of Shreyas Iyer in the 9th over of the chase. He was also a live-wire in the field and made some smart saves at the third-man boundary.