Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant finished off the match in style by smashing an incredible one-handed six against Tim Southee-led New Zealand National Cricket Team on Friday, November 19 at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.
India won the second T20I match of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand to clinch the series victory. Just like the first T20I game, Rishabh Pant played the role of finisher for the team in the second match as well.
Rishabh Pant hit his trademark one-handed six in the 18th over of the match against all-rounder James Neesham to finish off the match and India were able to win the game comfortably by 7 wickets.
Rohit Sharma And KL Rahul Perform Exceptionally Opening The Innings For India
Chasing the target of 154 captain Rohit Sharma and his deputy KL Rahul started pretty well and scored 16 runs in the first two overs. They kept scoring good runs, reached 50 runs in the 7th over and after 10 overs they were at 79/0. Meanwhile, They managed to score 117 runs off 80 balls before KL Rahul was dismissed in the 14th over by Tim Southee. Also, Rohit got out in the 16th over against Tim Southee.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first. Both the teams made notable changes in the Playing XI, Harshal Patel made his India debut and Adam Milne, James Neesham, and Ish Sodhi came back in the playing XI replacing Lockie Ferguson, Rachin Ravindra and Astle.
Opening the innings New Zealand batters Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell were off to a flying start. Speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar who opened the bowling for the team conceded three boundaries in the first over and gave away 14 runs. Meanwhile, Deepak Chahar came up with the 5th over and just like the previous match got smashed for a six by Martin Guptill and in the very next ball dismissed the Kiwi opener but ended the over conceding 14 runs. The Blackcaps were at 64/1 at the end of the powerplay. Axar Patel got the second breakthrough for India by dismissing middle-order batsman Mark Chapman and New Zealand were at 84/2 in 10 overs.
Debutant Harshal Patel picked his first international wicket in the 12th over of the match by dismissing opening batsman Daryl Mitchell. Then Glenn Phillips and Tim Seifert added good 35 runs before the latter smashed a reverse sweep in the over of Ravichandran Ashwin and the ball went straight to the short third man. Seifert was dismissed in the 16th over and he got out after scoring 13.
Harshal then picked his second wicket out the night in his third over by dismissing set batsman Glenn Phillips. Also, James Neesham played a very poor knock of 3 runs off 12 balls and got out in the 18th over.
Meanwhile, after scoring only 28 runs and losing 3 wickets in the last 5 overs, New Zealand were able to post 153 runs on the board which looked like a very small target for the in-form Indian batters.
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