On Sunday (26th January), the visiting team India won the second T20I of the five-match series against the hosts New Zealand in Auckland. Thus, New Zealand Vs India 2020 T20I series has witnessed visitors making a huge mark in the away series.
After winning the toss, the hosts managed to score 132/5 (20 overs) in the first innings. The visitors easily chased down that target in 17.3 overs after losing three wickets. With this seven-wicket victory (with 15 balls remaining), India have taken the 2-0 lead in this series with three matches to go.
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 132/5 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 33, Tim Seifert 33*; Ravindra Jadeja 2/18)
India – 135/3 in 17.3 overs (KL Rahul 57*, Shreyas Iyer 44; Tim Southee 2/20)
The result – India won by seven wickets
Stats review of the match:
i) The hosts New Zealand batted first and scored 132/5 (20 overs). It was their second-lowest completed T20I total against India. Their record in this list is 126/7 (20 overs) at Nagpur on 15th March 2016.
Also, it was the second-lowest completed first-innings T20I total for New Zealand at home. Their lowest T20I total in this list is 118 (20 overs) against Australia at Wellington on 26th February 2010.
i) India won this match by seven wickets. It was India’s joint largest T20I victory (by wickets) against New Zealand. While it was India’s third T20I victory in chasing against New Zealand, their other two victories were by seven wickets (at Auckland on 8th February 2019) and six wickets (at Auckland on 24th January 2020).
i) Virat Kohli has taken 41 catches. It is the second most T20I catches for an Indian non-wicketkeeper. Only Suresh Raina is ahead of him in this list with 42 T20I catches while Rohit Sharma has also grabbed 40 T20I catches.
ii) Virat Kohli has scored 1,010 T20I runs at the away venues. He becomes the first batsman in T20I history to complete 1,000 T20I runs at the away venues (only home of opposition).
iii) KL Rahul scored third consecutive T20I half-centuries. It was the fifth time when an Indian batsman registered half-centuries in three successive T20I innings. Virat Kohli reached this feat thrice while Rohit Sharma achieved it once, but none of them stretched their records for further.
Also, Rahul became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score consecutive half-centuries in the first two matches. Before this series, he never played a T20I as a designated wicketkeeper.
i) The leg-spinner Ish Sodhi completed his 50 T20I wickets. He became the fourth Kiwi bowler to complete 50 T20I wickets. The other three bowlers in this list were Tim Southee (77 wickets), Nathan McCullum (58 wickets) and Mitchell Santner (50 wickets).
While it was Sodhi’s 42nd T20I, he became the joint second-fastest New Zealand bowler to complete 50 T20I wickets.
The right-arm pacer Tim Southee also completed 50 T20I wickets in 42nd T20I.
In the previous T2oI of this series, the left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner reached this milestone in his 40th T20I.