NZ include Phillips and bat; Siraj debuts for India

Dianna Christensen
November 5, 2017

Preview:India are poised for their third T20 global series triumph in five years but would be wary of a strong fight back from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game of the three-match series. Adam Milne and Glenn Phillips have replaced Tim Southee and Tom Latham respectively. India handed an global debut to Hyderabad quick Mohammed Siraj in place of Ashish Nehra, who is now retired from all cricket. It looks like a good surface.

With captain Virat Kohli, seen in superb touch again, Iyer stitched together a partnership of 54 runs but then lost his wicket to a slog-sweep off centurion Munro who ran yards to his right to complete a good catch.

"We always wanted to bowl first". It's an opportunity for us to restrict them.

"For me it's just a mind shift thing, not expecting too much of myself at this level or in Twenty20".

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. He's an exciting young talent.

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The Auckland batting duo combined for 10 sixes and 10 fours, taking the game away from India in a must win match with New Zealand looking to keep the series alive.

India's spinners did a fantastic job despite the presence of dew in the outfield, and New Zealand were made to pay for multiple dropped chances in the field.

"This is a belter. It was when I just stood there, watched the ball and tried to hit through the line as hard as I could that it came off". "There's going to be a lot of fours and sixes" - Sunil Gavaskar. Dhawan and Sharma put on a record 158-run partnership that went into the 16th over to ensure that India ended up with a plus-200 total despite a brief wobble towards the end.

Top-order blows pegged India back with both the openers - Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Rohit Sharma (5) - sent back by pacer Trent Boult (4/34).

Even though India did manage the wickets of Guptill and Kane Williamson (12), Munro looked a class apart and went on to complete his second century in the T20Is to take the total to 196 for two in the 20 overs.

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