Tim Southee-led New Zealand National Cricket Team lost the second T20 International match of the 3-match T20I series against Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team by 7 wickets at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday, November 19.
Losing the toss New Zealand were asked to bat first and the openers Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill had a good partnership. The Blackcaps started aggressively but finished very poor and were able to post the target of 154 for India.
Chasing the target opening batters KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma looked brilliant out in middle and they had an incredible 117 runs off 80 balls partnership. In the end, India lost some quick wickets but Rishabh Pant finished off the match in style by smashing back-to-back sixes off James Neesham. Also with the win, India have clinched the series victory.
Credit To India, They Pulled It Back Nicely – Tim Southee
During the post-match presentation losing skipper, Tim Southee credited India for making a great comeback after starting slow in the powerplay overs. He said:
“Credit to India, they pulled it back nicely after the first six overs.”
New Zealand captain Tim Southee further added that India played better cricket and didn’t give them a chance. He said:
“They played better cricket and didn’t give us a chance with the bat as well.”
Talking about the dew factor, Tim Southee said that it played a big role in both the innings but it was slightly more wet in the second innings. Southee asserted:
” It was wet for both teams and it was only slightly more in the second innings. We knew dew would be a factor, but India were too good on this day.”
Talking about the third and last T20I game in Kolkata, Southee said that they will assess the conditions once they reach there. He said :
” We will now go to a new venue, a quick turnaround, and we’ll assess when we get to Kolkata.”
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