2nd T20 India vs New Zealand, India hold nerves in a spin-fest game to keep series alive
One-day series between the two teams saw some great batting, and rain of fours and sixes, but the T20I series has not been up to that mark. After the first T20I win, the New Zealand team was looking to consolidate its lead, and India was all set to level the series. So, a nail-biting and high-scoring game was expected but Lucknow pitch had other ideas. The New Zealand team started batting on a slow-turning track, where spinners began dominating the game very early. New Zealand had a bad start and they were 48/4 in the 10th over. It was obvious that the match would be a low scoring one, and even 120 to 130 could be a good total to defend. However, the New Zealand team kept losing a wicket, and could not up the ante. 2nd T20 India vs New Zealand, New Zealand were only able to manage 99/8 in 20 overs, with the highest score of Santner 19 (23), and Bracewell 14 (22).
Now, India had a very small target to chase on a spinning tack with a strong batting lineup. The Spectators might have thought that it will be a walk in the park for Indian batters, but spin bowlers again showed their early impact in the 2nd innings as well. Still, India did not continue to lose wickets like New Zealand as they had a target in mind. So, the majority of batsmen did not take unnecessary risks and kept working around with singles & doubles, and an odd boundary. Two run-outs in the Indian innings kept New Zealand interested in the game. All credit goes to New Zealand bowlers who never allowed hard-hitting Indian batters to dominate.
The game was all set for an exciting finish where both teams were looking to take the lead. However, two dropped catches of Suryakumar Yadav proved crucial in the end, as he helped India to get over the line in the last over with just 1 ball to spare. The spectators had a great game to watch in terms of low-scoring tight finishes, but they were not able to see a rain of boundaries, as the match finished without a six in both innings. If New Zealand would not dropped Suryakumar Yadav twice, the result could have been different, however, now both teams are set for an exciting decider on the 1st of February at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.