New Zealand beat India by 40 runs in 2nd T20I
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New Zealand beat India by 40 runs in 2nd T20I

by Sahir Usman Nov 04, 2017 • 22:56 PM

Rajkot, Nov 4 - New Zealand dominated with both bat and ball to defeat India by 40 runs in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.

The Kiwis, who had lost the first match by 53 run in New Delhi, have now levelled the three-match series at 1-1.

Opting to bat first on winning the toss, the visitors rode on an unbeaten quickfire century by opener Colin Munro to post 196/2 in their allotted 20 overs. Munro batted through the innings, smashing 109 runs off 58 deliveries. This is his second century in 34 T20Is. 

In reply, the hosts could only manage to post 156/7. Fast bowler Trent Boult was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of 4/33.

Chasing a stiff target, India suffered a big setback in the second over of their innings when Boult sent back openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya also returning to the pavilion in quick succession, leaving the hosts struggling at 67/4 in the 10th over. 

India captain Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to stem the rot with a 56-run partnership.

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