Twitter Reacts As India Take 2-0 Lead Against New Zealand
KL Rahul. Credits: BCCI Twitter

India took 2-0 lead after they convincingly chased down 132 runs in the second T20I at Eden Park, Auckland on Sunday with seven wickets in hand. The visitors could not get to a good start as they once again lost the wicket of their vice-captain Rohit Sharma cheaply. The tourists dealt another big blow as Indian captain Virat Kohli could only score 11 runs.

Both the talismen batsmen were dismissed by Tim Southee as the Kiwis spearhead scalped two wickets and conceded just 11 runs in his first three overs.

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India captain Virat Kohli celebrates a wicket (Credits: Twitter)

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However, the in-form KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer were able to bail India out of the jail as they added 86 runs for the third wicket. Both the right-handers found the odd boundary and rotated the strike with guile to keep the chase on the right path. New Zealand had an another opportunity to run-out KL Rahul but they once again spilled it. Rahul made most of the chance and continued his purple patch to bring up his back to back fifty.

Earlier in the day, India restricted New Zealand to 132-5 after Kiwis captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to surprisingly bat first. Shardul Thakur provided the first breakthrough when Martin Guptill looked to cleared the in-field but holed out to Indian captain Virat Kohli at mid-off.

Kohli took another catch when Colin Munro could not get any timing when he looked to clear the off-side but only managed to spooned it to the Indian skipper. New Zealand just could not break the shackles as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

New Zealand vs India 2020, Weather Forecast, Auckland, 2nd T20I
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Ravindra Jadeja provided two quick wickets when Colin de Grandhomme gave a simple caught and ball back to the bowler. Kane Williamson looked to change the gear after making 14 from 19 balls but his slog sweep against Jadeja found Yuzvendra Chahal at deep fine leg.

Ross Taylor also meandered to 18 runs off 24 balls and Jasprit Bumrah was able to get the veteran batsman as Rohit Sharma took a good catch in the deep. The Blackcaps keeper-bat Tim Seifert added some respectability to the hosts’ score as he contributed 33 runs from 26 balls with the help of one four and two maximums.

Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s win:

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