India levels series as Black Caps fail to fire

India levels series as Black Caps fail to fire

Rohit Sharma scored a half-century after becoming the leading run-scorer in T20Is to lead India to a series-levelling win.

He was given out lbw to Krunal Pandya in the seventh over of New Zealand's innings by the on-field umpires, and opted for a review on the insistence of his skipper Kane Williamson, who was at the non-striker's end.

In between, Krunal also got a controversial wicket, that of Daryl Mitchell (1), who fell prey to an umpiring howler, when "Hotspot" showed a clear inside edge onto the pads.

Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.

Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan added 79 runs for the first wicket before Rishabh Pant played an important knock to help India avenge the humiliation of first game.

The short boundaries notwithstanding, New Zealand persisted with two spinners - allrounder Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi.

TV replays clearly showed there was an inside edge and a patch on the hotspot could also be detected when the ball beat Mitchell's bat. India chased down the target in 18.5 overs.

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The lack of fight in the run chase was a big disappointment, as mentioned by captain Rohit Sharma in Wellington.

The third and final match of the T20I series will be played in Hamilton on Sunday. India would like to continue their unbeaten winning streak in T20Is.

Dhoni, who last captained India in a T20I against West Indies at Lauderhill in 2016, was once again seen taking on-field decisions.

The Indian team looked comfortable today and most probably, the Indian team will go with an unchanged playing XI.

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson said everything clicked for the hosts in the first match in Wellington and they wanted to maintain momentum.

INDIA BOWLING: Bhuvneshwar 4-0-29-1, Khaleel 4-0-27-2, Hardik 4-0-36-1, Krunal 4-0-28-3, Chahal 4-0-37-0.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.

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