India has successfully managed to end the New Zealand hoodoo as they finally won a T20I game against New Zealand on their soil. After delivering a strong bowling performance led by the all-rounder Krunal Pandya, the men in blue gunned down 158 to level the three game series 1-1.
Flamboyant opening batsman and the stand-in captain Rohit Sharma made a fantastic comeback after three-single digit scores as his 16th half-century allowed to install himself as the leading run-getter in the shortest format of the game.
While Kiwis didn’t manage a monstrous total, a strong start was certainly needed for India to take control of the game. The 31-year old player produced the needed impetus to lead the chase with his 29-ball 50. Furthermore, he also became the first Indian batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20I games. Two players ahead of him is Caribbean star Chris Gayle and New Zealand’s Martin Guptill.
Carrying the momentum, India would look to seal the series in the final game which will be played in Hamilton on February 10.