India beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday, January 29. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has admitted that Shubman Gill cannot be blamed for his dismissal on the turning surface.
The Indian bowlers restricted the Black Caps to 99 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 20 overs. The Kiwis registered their lowest-ever total against the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game. The Hardik Pandya-led team chased down the target with just one ball to spare to level the series at 1-1.
IPL 2023 | New Zealand tour of India 2023 | Dream11 Prediction | Fantasy Cricket Tips | Cricket Match Prediction Today | Cricket News | Cricket Live Score | Australia tour of India 2023
Mitchell Santner’s Captaincy Was Very Good – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra praised Mitchell Santner’s captaincy and said that he rotated his bowlers well. The former Indian opener mentioned that Shubman Gill was dismissed similarly in the previous two games, saying it would happen on a turning surface.
“It was not a straightforward run chase. I think Mitchell Santner’s captaincy was very good, he rotated his bowlers well, got Glenn Phillips and [Mark] Chapman also to bowl. It was an almost identical dismissal for Shubman Gill,” Aakash Chopra said.
“He [Gill] was dismissed off Santner’s bowling in the first match and here, Michael Bracewell. He is trying to play the pull shot but getting the leading edge, it happened both times. Happens on a turning surface. You can’t be too critical but numbers are not stacking up nicely for him, that’s a problem,” he added.
India will take on New Zealand in the third and final T20I of the series at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday, February 1. Both teams will hope to win this match to clinch the series.
Also read: IND vs NZ: “Certain Things Like That Happen In A Game Especially When Things Get Quite Tough In The Middle” – Washington Sundar On Horrible Mix-Up With Suryakumar Yadav
Virat Kohli | Rohit Sharma | Rishabh Pant | KL Rahul | Suryakumar Yadav | Sanju Samson | Shreyas Iyer | Yuzvendra Chahal | Jasprit Bumrah