A Colin Munro galvanized New Zealand has leveled the three match T20 series as the Kiwis have beaten India by runs in the 2nd match at Rajkot today. It was all about a single man, Colin Munro, who stole the show in the Saurashtra city.
Munro scored a terrific hundred
New Zealand (196 for 2; Munro 109*, Guptill 45) beat India (156 for 7; Kohli 65, Dhoni 49, Boult 4/34) by 40 runs.
Setting the Scene:
India needed a win to clinch the series while the Blackcaps were fighting to stay in the series. The visitors also lost their number one spot in T20 after their loss in the first match, as Pakistan toppled them.
New Zealand won the toss and selected to bat. The Kiwis made a single change as Phillips came in for Tom Latham. For the home side there was also a solitary change, as Hyderabad pacer Mohammad Siraj made his debut for the now retire Ashish Nehra.
The Kiwis started in style as both Guptill and Munro started to dominate the Indian bowling. They put up a solid 100 run partnership before Guptill departed. But the former Kolkata Knight Riders batsman was in the mood of thrashing bowlers as he stormed to his half century. Williamson also went after a short cameo but in the end overs it was all about Munro who scored his 1st T20I hundred. Munro remained unbeaten on 109 as the Kiwis posted a decent 196 after their full quota of overs.
Guptill scored a gutsy 45
In reply, India tumbled early as both the openers were sent back by a fiery Trent Boult. Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli then steadied the ship a bit but it was Munro with the ball this time who broke the momentum by taking Iyer’s wicket. India kept on loosing wickets in regular intervals and the asking rate kept on getting higher and higher. Dhoni hit some hefty blows at the end but it was too late to force a inroad to the game. India managed 156 for 7 in the end and Boult ended up picking 4 wickets.
Man of the Match:
Colin Munro for his heroics in Bat and a wicket with the ball as well.