India v New Zealand, 2017: 2nd T20I - Statistical Highlights

Indian Team

Indian Team

Pacer Mohammed Siraj was handed his worldwide debut in place of retired Ashish Nehra. "We didn't take our chances, yes, but at once stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to Bumrah and Bhuvi to pull things back", Kohli said after the match.

The comprehensive 53-run victory in the series opener at New Delhi has put India firmly in the drivers seat as they set their targets on an unassailable 2-0 lead at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Kandheri.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson looked pleased with their series-equalling victory. Looks like a good surface, it's been a good surface during the IPL as well.

The visitors' decision went down well with India captain Virat Kohli, who was wary of the dew and said that his plan was to bowl anyway. Now gets Sharma and the BLACKCAPS have both openers.

Given a spot in the starting XI on Saturday following Ashish Nehra's retirement, Siraj had a baptism with fire in Rajkot as New Zealand's batsmen made merry.

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The Black Caps have proved worthy foes in their white-ball tour of India, winning the first one-day global by six wickets before losing that series 2-1. Ashish Nehra bowed out of global cricket on his home turf with an economical spell of four overs for 29 runs.

There has been only one T20I played at this venue previously, which was between India and Australia in 2013.

With a huge total of 196 to defend, New Zealand would have gone into the break feeling pretty confident but with India's batting remaining its forte, nothing could be taken for granted by Williamson's men. The weather hovers at a warm 31 degrees. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don't get enough balls. The ball's going to come onto the bat quite nicely.

2 - Virat Kohli is now the second highest run-getter in T20Is. Trent Boult struck twice in his first over to get rid of first Shikhar Dhawan and then Rohit Sharma cheaply.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Glenn Philips, Mitchell Santner, IshSodhi and Tim Southee.

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