Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya captured the match in a tough run-chase as Team India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets with two balls to spare. The three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand was drawn 1-1 in Lucknow.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. The Indian spinners ran aground in the Kiwis’ top-order as the top-order batsmen were dismissed for low scores in the powerplay trying to play unnecessary shots.
Hardik Pandya stopped the run-scoring with three spinners and introduced Arshdeep Singh towards the end of the innings. Left-arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh did not disappoint and took two wickets for seven runs in his two overs. Mitchell Santner was the only batsman who got timing as his 19 in the end helped New Zealand post 100 in 20 overs.
In reply, the Indian top-order batsmen got starts but could not convert it as they lost their top three batsmen for 48 runs. However, the pair of Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya gave victory to Netim India.
Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav played cautiously and helped India chase down a tough target in the final overs as India leveled the series 1-1.
Meanwhile let’s look at the stats recorded in the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand.
1 – Mitchell Santner became the first New Zealand bowler to reach the milestone of 50 wickets and 500 runs in T20Is.
New Zealand bowled 17 overs of spin in the second T20I. This is the third most number of overs bowled by spinners in a T20I match. Zimbabwe and Pakistan share the top spot in bowling 18 overs of spin in a T20I innings.
Hardik Pandya completed 150 wickets across all formats.
It happened for the first time in India that there was not a single six between India and New Zealand in the entire T20 match played in Lucknow.
The previous best was 238 between New Zealand and Bangladesh in 2021. Which was the most number of balls not hit for a six in T20Is among Full Member nations.
In the second T20, the New Zealand team was piled on a score of just 100 runs. This was New Zealand’s lowest score against India in T20Is.
Yuzvendra Chahal has surpassed Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s mark of 90 wickets to become the highest wicket-taker for India in T20Is.