Rohit Sharma becomes highest run scorer in Twenty20

Lynette Rowe
February 8, 2019

"We perhaps missed a trick or two with the bat", New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said after his team laboured to 158 for eight in their 20 overs.

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India were handed a humiliating defeat in the first T20I by New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday.

India have levelled their Twenty20 series against the Black Caps, setting up a decider at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor joined an unwanted list after getting run-out during the second T20I against India at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.

Seifert top-scored with 84 runs taking the Kiwis to 219-6.

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"That opening partnership for India really took the game away from us", Williamson said. Vijay Shankar didn't last long but with just over 40 runs to cross the finishing line, the result of the match was more or less a foregone conclusion. In a chase of 220, India were bowled out for 139 in Wellington.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar was promoted to number three and did alright with an 18-ball 27. The home side will be itching to seal the series in the second T20I.

Hotspot revealed an edge but Snickometer showed no spike as the ball passed and the decision was not overturned, much to the chagrin of Kane Williamson and Mitchell. India would dearly hope Dhawan comes to the party at Auckland as the Men in Blue take on hosts Blackcaps in a must-win tie.

The risky opening duo of Colin Munro and Seifert put the Indian pacers under tremendous pressure early on in the innings and dismissing them cheaply will be crucial for the visitors' chances.

The short boundaries notwithstanding, New Zealand persisted with two spinners - allrounder Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi.

Coming back into the side after playing just one ODI against India, veteran Tim Southee proved his enormous value with tidy figures of 17 runs in four over including three wickets. The game will begin at 11:30 AM (IST), with the Toss scheduled to take place 30 minutes before it.

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