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  • 10:53 PM IST

    Colin Munro: Few chances went my way, but that’s T20 cricket, you need luck your way. Felt good with the bat, but had been getting out at funny times. Love batting at the top of the order. The way I and Guptill batted today, it was great. The way I bat, it is the same every time: when I am chasing a target of 120 or above 200. Get out there, stay still and try and hit the ball for four or six or if it is not there, get off the strike. It came off today, play the ball on its merit and swing hard.

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    Kane Williamson: I guess a contrasting performance from the last game. Certainly an improved performance. We need to play well to beat this side, and we were able to do so today. Absolutely, it was a great partnership. Fantastic hundred from him (Munro). When anyone bats like this, it goes a long way in getting a good total when you are batting first. Guptill at the top and then Tom Bruce coming in. It was a great pitch, fast outfield and the guys executed their plans well. Great performance from the bowlers on this wicket. Two spinners, they are pretty experienced in this format and they bowled well during tough phases of the game.

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    Virat Kohli: I mean I thought New Zealand were pretty good with the bat. At one stage we were looking for 220-230 but credit to Bumrah and Bhuvi to have pulled things back. But eventually we were not good with bat. When you chasing 200, all batsmen need to chip in or one guy needs to go over the strike rate of 200. MS was very good in the end, but we left ourselves too much to get. That happens, you want to go for big shots. It has happened with a lot of batsmen where you don’t get to go on strike. Not during the early half of the innings. Maybe after 13-14 overs it started gripping. We lost the toss, we did not get to choose what we would have done. We were just not good enough on the day.

  • 10:52 PM IST

    Ish Sodhi: It was a flat wicket, the hundred by Colin Munro was special, he will remember it for the rest of his life. It started to spin in the second innings, the ball got scruffed up and started helping the bowlers. I have practiced the googly a lot in the nets, wanted it to bowl at the right time. I don’t have a get out of jail delivery as much, but I want to add variety to my game. T20 is a great challenge, it’s action packed and bowling well tonight was a great plus.

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  • 10:25 PM IST

    NZ WIN!!!! Another commendable performance form the Kiwis as they have set up another decider. Thiruvananthapuram will see a brilliant decider in it’s T20I debut match. I guess batting first is the only option to win T20Is in India. Or can the teams change the fact in the decider? Will get to know it on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a 40-run win for NZ, and they will surely be happy with their performance tonight.

  • 10:23 PM IST

    GONE!!!! Dhoni departs for 49, but I guess the damage was already done. Boult makes him caught by the same man who had dropped him in the last over, as Santner is relieved with the catch. Santner was the one to drop Dhoni in the previous over and it is Santner who denies MS his half century. A short ball, Dhoni looks to pull but gets a top edge which just spoons to square leg. Mitchell Santner does not have to move an inch and takes a sitter. A forgetful innings for Dhoni.
    OUT! MS Dhoni c Mitchell Santner b Trent Boult 49 (37)

  • 10:20 PM IST

    DROPPED! But NZ won’t mind that, and so would Santner. Dhoni is the man who is dropped, but I believe that won’t make a difference. 49 needed of six deliveries.

  • 10:15 PM IST

    65 needed off 12. It’s simple, SIX required off every delivery. Mathematically possible, but you need a miracle to make it happen in the real life. Can Dhoni make it happen?

  • 10:13 PM IST

    GONE!!!! Not a surprise, as Akshar now, who was looking to go big, departs for mere five to Boult, as he is caught by Williamson at mid-off. Jumps down the track, Boult bangs it in short, Axar looks to go over cover but can only spoon it straight to Kane Williamson at short cover. Tonight might have been a big ask, but have to say – Axar has disappointed with the bat in his comeback to the national squad.
    OUT! Akshar Patel c Kane Williamson b Trent Boult 5 (3)

  • 10:09 PM IST

    72 needed off 18 now. Dhoni has to deal in boundaries now, nothing more to add.

  • 10:08 PM IST

    GONE!!!!And it had to happen. Kohli departs as he gives away his wicket under pressure. He is caught behind off Santner. It is a dismissal and that is what matters for New Zealand. Big moment in the game. Santner fires this onto the pads on seeing Kohli come down the track and the batsman looks to go inside out. He misses and the keeper collects the ball on the second attempt, after fumbling initially. He is overjoyed and appeals for the catch but then has the presence of mind to whip the bails off. Kohli knows he has edged it and does not even bother to get back. He departs for 65. Run rate goes above 21. It’s all over for India now, to be realistic.

    OUT! Virat Kohli c Glenn Phillips b Mitchell Santner 65 (42)

  • 10:04 PM IST

    Both Kohli and Dhoni are trying hard to get the big shots, but the Kiwis have been bowling real tight. Required rate above 18. Seems like a humongous task.

  • 10:00 PM IST

    85 needed off 30. Pressure definitely is mounting on the pair, but it has surely been some exceptional bowling from the Kiwis.

  • 9:56 PM IST

    Nine runs off the 14th over, and 91 needed of 36 deliveries. Very difficult, but this is the pair you need on crease at this moment.

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    100 more needed of 42. Very difficult from hereon, but getable. Big shots is what they need from the pair. Can they do it?

  • 9:49 PM IST

    FIFTY FOR KOHLI! He does not miss out on making the headlines. Yet another one as he scores his 18th T20I half-century. Yet again, he has broke a number of records today. Surely, he is the unstoppable one, and that’s what India needs in this match from him right now.

  • 9:44 PM IST

    The required run rate has gone above 13. The Indians surely need to play aggressively, regardless of the wicket situation for now.

  • 9:38 PM IST

    GONE AGAIN!!!!! The Indians are looking helpless as Pandya is bowled for a single by Sodhi. He gets the better of him twice in as many games. Bowls an excellent googly on middle, Hardik doesn’t pick it up at all. The ball skids, cramps him for room and sneaks under the bat to hit the stumps. Lovely from Sodhi, he is continuing from where he left off. Are NZ taking this away?

    OUT! Hardik Pandya b Mitchell Santner 1 (2)

  • 9:36 PM IST

    GONE!!!! Just when it seemed they were going good, the good building partnership is broken. A smart and slower one from Munro, and Iyer departs for 23 as a result of a caught and bowled. Bowls a slower delivery outside off, Iyer looks to big down the ground. Gets it off the toe end of the bat and the ball lobs over the bowler. Munro keeps running backwards, keeps his eyes on the ball and then stretches his hands to take an excellent catch. The ball almost popped out of his hands. These catches are never easy. Now what can we expect, as Pandya makes his way in.

    OUT! Shreyas Iyer c and b Colin Munro 23 (21)

  • 9:32 PM IST

    Santner gets hammered in the eighth over as Kohli smashes him for a couple of boundaries and a SIX. Nevertheless, he also survives an LBW scare. India have recovered well now.

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    The powerplay comes to an end and it’s 40. Barring the wickets, it has been a steady start from the Indians. Can this pair go ahead without causing any harm to the Indian wickets?

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So far in the tour, India have won the ODI series as well as the T20I series-opener and are in a commanding position © IANS

Good evening! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of India vs New Zealand 2017-18. This is the second T20I between the two teams. I am Ayush Gupta and I will bring to you all the live updates and scores from the exciting match happening at Rajkot. So far in the tour, India have won the ODI series as well as the T20I series-opener and are in a commanding position. However, the No. 1 team in the shortest format has proven to be troublesome for the hosts and a close fight will be on the cards as the visitors will try to win the match and keep the series alive.

India bid goodbye to their veteran pacer Ashish Nehra in the last match, gifting him a memorable victory. That was the first time India won a T20I against New Zealand. Virat Kohli, arguably the best cricketer in the format, is on the verge of breaking yet another record as he needs only 12 runs to become the highest run-getter in the format.

Challenge is bigger for New Zealand as they need to win all the remaining matches in the series to retain their top spot in the format.

The cricketer to look at will be Akshar Patel as it is his home ground. “It’s my home ground so I know what to expect from the wicket. I’m looking to bowl the way I did in the IPL, because you don’t get much turn; it’s skiddy and there’s not much bounce,” Akshar said before the match.


  • India won the ODI series 2-1

  • India are ahead of NZ 1-0 in T20I series