New Zealand opening batsman Colin Munro revealed the plan of his match-winning innings of 72 off just 40 balls. Munro had cleared his intentions on the first ball he faced against Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The southpaw opener advanced down the ground and lofted Kumar over his head for a maximum. Consequently, Colin Munro revealed the plan was to put pressure back on the bowlers.
Colin Munro and Tim Seifert added 66 runs in the powerplay overs to give a fine start to their team. The opening pair posted an alliance of 80 runs to give a fine platform to their side. Thus, both the openers were able to hit the ground running.
Colin Munro said while talking at the post-match presentation, “Touch and go there until the final minute. India – you get one good batsman, another one comes along. The boys did a really good job of finishing off the really good Indian batsmen. Didn’t really focus on trying to do anything different, tried to put pressure back on the bowlers. Just came out nice and free, had a bit of luck, which you certainly need in this match”.
Munro was able to turn the tables as he was struggling to get going in the series. In fact, the pugnacious had the rub of the green on his side as he was dropped on 60 runs. However, he could only add another 12 runs to his tally.
New Zealand came up with the complete performance as India lost their way in the middle overs. In fact, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya gave a glimpse of hope to the Indian team as they scored their runs at an impressive strike rate. Karthik scored 33 off 16 balls whereas Krunal Pandya scored 26 off just 13 balls to keep India interested.
Meanwhile, India will now return back to home where they would play Australia in two T20Is and five ODI matches. On the other hand, New Zealand will take on Bangladesh from February 13.