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India have taken a lead of 1-0 in the three match T20I series after winning the second T20I comfortably by 65 runs. Suryakumar’s scintillating century alongside Deepak Hooda’s impressive bowling spell proved to be the game-changing moment for India.
Earlier in the game, New Zealand opted to bowl first after winning the toss and Rishabh Pant was sent up the order to open alongside Ishan Kishan. Kishan hit a few boundaries up front while Pant was struggling to find his best touch. After a 13-ball six, Pant perished while Kishan played well for his 31-ball 36. Suryakumar Yadav who came in at three looked positive and used his excellent form to get the scoring rate up.
Shreyas Iyer had a short stay of 9-ball 13 after being dismissed through a hit wicket and it was the entirety of Suryakumar’s brilliance after that. He went past the 50-run mark comfortably and kept finding the boundaries constantly. In fact, the productive 19Th over ensured that Suryakumar reached the three-figure mark as well and India finished with 191 for 6 despite Tim Southee’s hat trick in the 20sTh over.
India’s disciplined bowling attack does the trick
In response, New Zealand lost the early wicket of Finn Allen, while Devon Conway and Kane Williamson stitched a handy partnership of 56 for the second wicket. Washington Sundar picked up Conway in the ninth over for a 22-ball 25 while an excellent delivery from Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Phillips. Williamson was rotating the strike around while the middle order could not contribute much.
The required run rate went up almost that the point it looked like the game was done and dusted for the Kiwis until Williamson played some shots and got to his fifty. However, he was dismissed for a 52-ball 61 and New Zealand were all out for 126 in the end. Deepak Hooda’s four-wicket haul proved to be a surprise package as he cleaned up the tail quickly to finish with 4 for 10 in his 2.5 overs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s win
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) November 20, 2022
— RP Singh (@rpsingh) November 20, 2022
How to play T20 format??? People should learn from this champion @surya_14kumar selfless .. ⭐️🙌 congratulations Team India @BCCI Great to see @yuzi_chahal winning games with ball.. Wish we played him during the (T20 world 🏆) last week in Australia #IndvsNz
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 20, 2022
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) November 20, 2022
Kane Williamson playing like he doesn’t want to get an IPL Contract at all.
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) November 20, 2022
Kane Williamson reaches 50 off 48 balls in the same match Surya Kumar Yadav reached 100 off 49. #INDvNZ
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) November 20, 2022
India 191-6, but…
Ishan Kishan 36(31)
Rishabh Pant 6(13)
Shreyas Iyer 13(9)
Hardik Pandya 11(12)
Deepak Hooda 0(1)
Washington Sundar 0(1)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1*(1)
Total of the above 67(68)
SKY single-handedly made the total look reasonable.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) November 20, 2022
India beat New Zealand by 65 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
4 wickets for Deepak Hooda.
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 20, 2022