Indian Cricket Team registered a thumping victory against New Zealand in the 2nd T20I match. The Men in Blue won the match by 65 runs and now have taken a 1-0 lead in the 3 T20I Match Series. India was in complete control of the match and made a statement that they are in New Zealand to win
New Zealand had won the toss and elected to bowl first at Mount Maunganui. The bowlers were not disciplined in their line and lengths as they gave away too many runs. India managed to score 191-6 where Suryakumar Yadav struck his 2nd T20I century and was in beast mode.
In response to the 192 target, New Zealand’s batters never took the attack against the opposition. Skipper Kane Williamson was the pick of the batters where he struck a knock of 61 runs in 52 balls where he smashed 4 fours and 2 sixes.
The flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored a run a ball 13 runs in 13 balls The skipper was spot-on with his captaincy as he was rotating his bowlers. He used Yuzvendra Chahal quite brilliantly as he had figures of 2 for 26 in 4 overs. The Men in Blue would be pumped up with this victory as they dominated the game.
Can’t get any better than this- Hardik Pandya
During post-match presentation, skipper Hardik Pandya was asked about the match.
“Can’t get any better than this. Everyone chipped it but it was surely a special innings by Surya. We would have taken a score of 170-175. Bowlers did well and it was about being aggressive in the mindset. It doesn’t mean taking a wicket every ball, but being aggressive with the ball is important.
“The conditions were very wet, so credit to the bowlers. I have bowled a lot, going forward I want to see more bowling options,” said Hardik Pandya.
I want more batters to chip in with the ball – Hardik Pandya
“Not always that this will work but I want more batters to chip in with the ball. I expect them to be professional, which they are. Give them the opportunity to enjoy themselves.
“It’s about creating an environment where they are all in a happy space. I see many times in this team that all the players are happy for each other’s success. And that’s important,” he added.
I don’t know about changes for the next game- Hardik Pandya
“I don’t know (about changes for the next game). I’d like to give everyone in the squad a chance but it’s just one more game, so it’s a bit tough,” he concluded.