Brief scorecard: New Zealand 153/6 (Glenn Phillips 34, Martin Guptill 31; Harshal Patel 2/25, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/18) lost to India 155/3 (KL Rahul 65, Rohit Sharma 55; Tim Southee 3/16) by 7 wickets
Statistical highlights of India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I 2021
- A scintillating batting performance from India, led by half-centuries from captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain KL Rahul, helped the home team secure a seven-wicket win in the second T20I and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.
- The Rahul-Rohit pair notched up their fourth hundred-run partnership as they accummulated 117 runs for the first wicket.
- It was India’s 10th T20I win over New Zealand in 19 meetings between the teams.
- Rohit struck a 36-ball 55 (1 four, 5 sixes), his 25th T20I half-century, while Rahul made a 49-ball 65 (6 fours, 2 sixes), his 16th T20I half-century, to set up a comfortable run-chase for India.
- This was after another disciplined Indian bowling performance with debutant Harshal Patel leading the way with two for 25 in his four overs.
- A finger injury to Mohammed Siraj brought Harshal into the playing XI as he became the 94th T20I player for India. He picked the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips to give India the ascendancy in dewy conditions and was the named the man-of-the-match.
- Martin Guptill became the highest run-scorer in T20Is as his 15-ball 31 took him to 3248 runs, surpassing Virat Kohli.
- The victory was India’s 17th in 21 T20Is under Rohit’s captaincy.