India defeated New Zealand by six wickets in the second T20 match played at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow and leveled the series (1-1). Now the Narendra Modi Stadium will be in Ahmedabad, where both the teams will clash in the final match of the series.
Speaking about the second game, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first in a pitch that was more aiding to spinners. The top-order batsmen did not live up to expectations and were dismissed due to poor shot selection. Wickets kept falling in the middle overs as a fine display from the Indian spinners restricted New Zealand to 100 in 20 overs. Mitchell Santner (19) was the high scorer for the visiting team.
The Indian batsmen succumbed to New Zealand’s spin dominance in the first half of their batting as they were in trouble at 51/3 inside 11 overs. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya fought back with good batting and took the game deep.
Let’s look at the stats ahead of the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand:
India and New Zealand have met each other on 24 occasions, with Team India winning 13 matches and New Zealand winning 10 matches, with one match tied. In India, the two teams have met 10 times with the home team winning 6 matches.
1 – Finn Allen (48) needs two sixes to complete the maximum of 50 sixes across all formats.
2 – Mitchell Santner (199) is one match away from playing 200 international matches.
3 – Suryakumar Yadav (149) is one away from completing 150 fours in T20Is.
4 – Michael Bracewell (48) needs two wickets to reach 50 wickets in international cricket.
5 – Kuldeep Yadav (46) is four wickets away from reaching 50 wickets in the T20 format.
6 – Suryakumar Yadav (94) needs six sixes to bring up his maximum of 100 runs in the shortest international format.
7 – Glenn Phillips (95) needs five fours to complete 100 fours in T20 Internationals.
8 – Ishan Kishan (46) needs four more sixes to complete 50 maximum sixes across all formats.