Indian National Cricket team bounced back in style to level terms in the second T20I beating New Zealand by seven wickets at Auckland. After stealing a win, Rohit Sharma noted that they learned from their mistakes and executed their plan better.
Meanwhile, India staged a brilliant comeback after suffering a humiliating defeat in the first game. They leaked only 61 runs in the last eight overs. Things were looking ominous when Colin De Grandhomme ensured New Zealand got as many as 37 runs from over numbers 11 and 12 combined. He made a maiden fifty but departed immediately. He played a big role alongside Ross Taylor in the recovery from 50 for four. However, Krunal Pandya rocked the top order with three wickets. Daryl Mitchell’s wicket raised eyebrows because he was given out LBW by the third umpire despite an inside edge onto pad. India executed the yorkers well, mixed it up nicely with the slower ball as well and now they have a pretty easy score to chase down.
Rohit Sharma in supreme touch
In pursuit of 159 runs Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started the chase on top gear. Rohit struck the ball brilliant while Dhawan provided good support. The Mumbai batsman made look six-hitting so easy to bring his 100th T20I six – the first India to achieve so and the third overall. Rohit Sharma looked in supreme touch bring his half-century and in the process breaking a few more records. He now has the most runs in the shortest format of the game and also the most fifty-plus scores.
With the series tied at 1-1, it will be a nail-biting clash in the third T20I on February 10 (Sunday).
Learned from our mistakes
Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma admitted that they learned from their mistakes and executed the plan better. He also credited an all-round effort by the player behind their convincing win at Auckland.
Rohit also sounded confident that the third game will be an exciting one with New Zealand being a quality team.
Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes. It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind,” Rohit said.
“It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side,” he concluded.