2nd T20: New Zealand beat India by 40 runs to level series

How & Where to Watch India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I in Rajkot

This match will be the decider for both the teams, one one India will like to clinch the series with the win while Kiwis will want to keep the series alive.

Siraj discovered the perils of Twenty20 cricket conceding 53 runs in his four over, while left arm spinner Axar Patel and medium pacer Hardik Pandya also found Munro a tough customer.

The opening pair put up a commanding display making the most of the power-play options and though the home team removed skipper Kane Williamson cheaply in the 15th over, with the right hander having a go at Siraj and offering a straight forward catch to Rohit Sharma at deep forward of square leg, Munro demonstrated the fearless and flamboyant trait to bat right through the innings. He broke the record previously held by Rohit Sharma, after his 106 against South Africa in 2015. But we were left with a very hard task. MS (Dhoni) was very good at the end.

Trent Boult on fire!

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.

Kohli eventual fell for 65 from 42 balls, Mitchell Santner snaring the wicket, while Dhoni was out in the final over as Boult claimed his fourth of the innings.

For the series against India, Munro was promoted to the top of the order alongside Martin Guptill, creating what Hesson described as a "two-pronged" attack at the top.

The Hyderabad-born pacer ultimately did get his maiden worldwide wicket in the form of Williamson but ultimately finished with figures of 1-53 off his four overs.

The New Zealand opening batsman has been a revelation of sorts on this tour of India.

New Zealand opener Colin Munro, who nearly swung the decisive third and final ODI against India in Kanpur for his team, hammered a hundred in just 54 balls that included six fours and seven sixes in Rajkot on Saturday.

Guptill struck two more sixes and a boundary in the fifth over to inject some momentum as New Zealand reached 48 for naught by the end of the powerplay.

Siraj was at the receiving end of a lot of punishment from the Kiwi batsmen during his first match at the worldwide level.

2 - Virat Kohli is now the second highest run-getter in T20Is.

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