Welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the second T20I between India and New Zealand from Lucknow.
I always believed that we’ll be able to finish the game, but it went quite late. All these games are important with the moments. You don’t need to panic because it was about rotating the strike rather than taking the pressure. That’s exactly what we did. We followed our basics. To be honest, this was a shocker. Two games, the kind of wickets we’ve played on ... I don’t mind difficult wickets, I am all up for that. But these two wickets are not made for T20. Somewhere down the line, curators should make sure that they prepare the game previously rather than having a couple of games there. Other than than, happy. Even 120 would have been a winning total. Bowlers - they stuck to their plans and ensured they did not rotate the strike. We kept rotating the spinners. Dew didn’t play much part in this. They were able to spin the ball more than us. It was carrying through well. It was a shocker of a wicket.
It was a great game of cricket. To get it so close was a grat effort from the bowlers. If we’d got an extra 10 or 15, could have been the difference. The calmness of Surya and Hardik to get them over the line was pretty good. We bowled 16 or 17 overs of spin, definitely something different. With the bounce out there, it looked challenging. You are not sure what a good total is. 120 might have been a good score. Rotation might have been the difference.
“All of us have been on our toes and I’m sure everyone in the stadium and people watching on TV as well, and you guys (commentators) as well would have been on toes, hoping that India would get through the line quite easily. It’s very very exciting (the conditions). Lot of teams are very well equipped as well, they all come with quite a few fast bowlers and spinners as well. 2/3 out of 10-11 games like these would be amazing and it’s again a skill as to how well you play spin and get through the game. It’s exciting and we are all happy that we won the game. It was very important for him (SKY) to stay till the end and certain things like that happen in a game. Especially when things get quite tough in the middle, one misjudgement happens.”
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Blair Tickner to bowl the last over. Short ball from Tickner and Hardik gets a thick outside-edge to the third-man who is kept quite fine to deny a boundary. India needs 5 off 5. A superb bouncer to beat Suryakumar’s bat! 5 needed off 4. DROPPED! In the slot and Suryakumar slaps it straight back to Tickner who fails to hold onto the ball. India needs 4 off 3 now! Short ball and Hardik slaps it to mid-on and scampers for a single. 3 needed off 2. FOUR! Suryakumar just manages to loft the ball over mid-off for a boundary to seal the game by six wicket and level the series for India.
Lockie Ferguson into the attack. A searing delivery shoots off length to beat Hardik’s outside-edge. Hardik guides another delivery down to mid-on for a single. A wild swing from Suryakumar but Lockie beats the blade and sends it to the keeper. Lockie darts one into the blockhole and SKY only manages to get a single. Strays to the pads and Hardik swipes it past backward square-leg for FOUR. Hardik parries a slower-ball over the keeper and thankfully it is kept down to just one run by the third-man fielder for New Zealand.
Three singles to Santner’s over. Five from the over and India needs 13 runs from two overs to win.
Chapman into the attack. Hardik and Suryakumar pick the gaps and move closer to the target with ones and twos.
Full toss from Sodhi and Suryakumar lofts it over cover for one run. A couple of dots and Hardik slices the ball towards short-third and gets a quick single. A couple of singles to finish the over.
Phillips to Suryakumar, OUT! Sundar is run out. Suryakumar attempts a reverse-sweep but the ball trickles towards backward point as he sets out on a run. Tickner gathers the ball and flicks the bails at the striker’s end as Sundar is forced to sacrifice. New Zealand, however, reviews for a lbw appeal on Surya. Clear spike on that one and the umpires have deemed Sundar to be run out. Hardik Pandya in at 6. He is off the mark with a single.
Washington Sundar run out (Tickner) 10 (9b 1x4)
Low full-toss and Sundar sweeps it to the deep for one run. Suryakumar flicks Bracewell over mid-wicket for a single. Suryakumar Yadav mistimes the slog-sweep and a catch goes begging at backward square-leg.
Suryakumar chips the ball over mid-off for a single. Tossed-up delivery from Sodhi and Suryakumar drills it through extra cover for another single. No rush from Sundar and SKY at the moment.
Phillips slides one onto the pads and Sundar sweeps it past short fine-leg for FOUR. A single to follow. Beaten! Phillips turns one in sharply and the ball keeps low as it slides past Suryakumar Yadav’s inside-edge to the keeper. SKY attempts a reverse-sweep but misses it completely.
Sodhi to Tripathi, OUT! Fuller deliver and Tripathi slog-sweeps the ball straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder. Washington Sundar in at 5.
Rahul Tripathi c Phillips b Sodhi 13 (18b 1x4)
Tripathi aims to paddle but misses Santner’s straighter ball altogether. Three runs from the over as Suryakumar and Tripathi attempt to rotate strike.
Kishan continues to struggle against the incoming deliveries onto the pads. Phillips does well to maintain his trajectory. Inside-edge from Kishan. He is pushing hard for a second but he is sent back and this seems like a run-out at the non-striker’s end! OUT! Kishan’s sluggish innings comes to an end as Suryakumar Yadav walks in.
Ishan Kishan run out (Phillips/Santner) 19 (32b 2x4)
In the slot from Ish Sodhi and Tripathi waits on it and pumps it down the ground for FOUR. Nine runs from the over.
Phillips into the attack. Kishan latches onto a fuller delivery onto the pads and sweeps it hard through the square for FOUR.
Kishan dabs the ball to point and sets off on a quick single but is sent back. A wayward throw from Allen has ensured an overthrow run. Short ball outside the off-stump and Kishan breaks the shackles with a slap through point for FOUR.
Santner continues. Kishan continues to struggle against spin. He drags one ball to the deep for one run. Tripathi brings out the sweep to earn a single and retain strike.
Bracewell gives no freebies away as Gill is wound to the crease. Bracewell to Gill, OUT! Short ball turning in and Gill half-heatedly pulls it straight to the deep-square leg fielder. Rahul Tripathi is in at 3.
Shubman Gill c Allen b Bracewell 11 (9b 2x4)
A wide to start the over from Santner. Santner strangles Kishan with the delivery that slides in. Kishan gets off strike with a single. A fraction wide and Gill slaps it past point for FOUR.
Michael Bracewell comes into the attack from the other end. Kishan plays three dots balls before giving the strike back to Gill. Gill ends the over with two dot deliveries as just one single came from this over.
Jacob Duffy to start the proceedings against Gill and Kishan. Duffy to Gill, going out for the right-hander but Gill defends it well to start. Too fuller this time as Gill drives it over covers to get off the mark. Chapman injures himself while attempting to save the ball `before the boundary line as his knee stuck in the muddy patch. Kishan negotiate testing lines from Duffy before opeingin his account on the penultimate ball of the over. Duffy to Gill, FOUR! pulls the short ball for a boundary to end the over with eight runs from it.
Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill will open for India. Jacob Duffy will start the spell for New Zealand.
Into the blockhole and Santner flicks it through mid-wicket and reels in two runs. Arshdeep runs in a bouncer as Santner fails to put bat on ball after sneaking in another two runs. Swing and a miss as Arshdeep tails the ball past the leg-stump to the keeper. Slower-bouncer this time and a third dot on the trot. A single to finish and India will need 100 runs to win and level the series.
Shivam Mavi into the attack. Short ball and Duffy wallops it through mid-wicket for FOUR. Two singles to follow. Mavi errs in line and concedes two wides. 11 runs from the over.
First over for Arshdeep Singh. Arshdeep to Sodhi, OUT! Slower-bouncer and Sodhi slaps it straight to Hardik at mid-on. Lockie Ferguson is the new man in. He flicks the first ball to short mid-wicket. Arshdeep comes over the wicket. Arshdeep to Lockie, OUT! A superb bouncer thuds the gloves and takes off. Sundar runs in from point and completes a simple catch.
Ish Sodhi c Pandya b Arshdeep Singh 1 (2b)
Hardik continues to cramp the batters with his stump-to-stump lines. Two singles to start the over. The Kiwi batters continue to struggle to find the gaps. Hardik to Bracewell, OUT! A well directed bouncer and Bracewell hooks it straight to Arshdeep at deep fine-leg. He juggles on the edge of the circle and pops it up right in time to get back inside the boundary and complete the catch.
Michael Bracewell c Arshdeep Singh b Pandya 14 (22b)
Santner and Braceweel resort to singles as New Zealand trudges towards 100. Five runs from the Kuldeep over.
Hardik Pandya comes into the attack. This is the last recognised batting pair for New Zealand and both Santner and Bracewell will look to retain their wicket and try to steer NZ above 110-120 from here. Hardik starts with a wide, too short, too high as umpire signals it for an extra. Decent recovery to finish the over with just three singles to concede four runs from the over.
Washington Sundar continues after a break. Sundar to Santner, FOUR! beautiful drive over covers, a shot to watch by Santner. Good recovery from Sundar to end with three dots as five runs came from this over.
Hooda continues. Hooda to Chapman, tries to sweep and gets an edge but safe. Hooda to Chapman, OUT! he tries to reverse sweep and goes half way for a single but Kuldeep collects the ball and throws to Kishan who dislodges the stumps to run out Chapman. New Zealand is in deep trouble. Santner comes in at number seven for New Zealand gets off the mark. Four singles and a wicket came from the over.
Chapman run out (Kuldeep Yadav) 14(21)
A flipper from Kuldeep and Bracewell gets his bat just down in time to save his pads. Just four singles came from this over,
Bracewell flicks the ball to backward-square to bring up New Zealand’s 50. Length from Hooda and Chapman slaps it through cover for two runs.
Kuldeep maintains a loopy tragectory to keep Mitchell wound to the crease. Kuldeep to Mitchell, OUT! A crackerjack to beat the defence! Kuldeep sprays it wide outside the off-stump and drifts it in sharply to hit the top of off as Mitchell rocks back to the crease. A cracking delivery to break the spine of the Kiwis.
Daryl Mitchell b Kuldeep Yadav 8 (13b 1x4)
Hooda maintains a tight line against Chapman. A slew of singles coming in the over. Five off it.
Kuldeep Yadav into the attack. Kuldeep drops short and Mitchell drags it through the on-side for FOUR.
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Change in bowling as Deepak Hooda replaces Sundar. A brilliant start from Hooda as he concedes only two singles from the first four balls. Hooda to Phillips, OUT! very weird approach from the batters of New Zealand. Phillips also tries to reverse sweep but misjudge the speed as the ball crashes into stumps. Third wicket falls for India as spinners are dominating the play here. Only two runs came from the over.
Chahal bowls his second over. Quicker delivery going down the leg as Chahal starts with a wide. Three dot balls to follow as he is keeping his length tight and to keep batters in check. Phillips steers the fourth ball over covers and takes couple of runs as Mavi fumbles. Chahal to Phillps, edged and goes to backward square leg. Huge shout from Chahal but the inside edge saves the batter here. Only four came from the over.
Washington Sundar continues from the other end. Two singles from the first three deliveries. Sundar to Conway, four from wide, poor line from Sundar, going down the line and races away for a boundary. Sundar to Conway, OUT! he tries to reverse sweep but the ball misses the bat and goes straight to Kishan after making a contact with gloves, umpire wastes no time to give this out. Conway straightaway reviews it and looks very confident but the UltraEdge shows clear spike as Conway departs after scoring 11. Glenn Phillips comes in at no. four for NZ. He gets off the mark with a single as eight runs came along with a wicket off this over.
Conway c Ishan Kishan b Washington Sundar 11(14) [4s-1]
Chahal replaces Sundar. A cracker from Chahal. Tosses one up nicely towards middle-and-leg and turns the ball square past Allen’s outside-edge. Chahal to Allen, OUT! Drags one on to the stumps. Allen attempts to break the rut with a reverse-sweep but Chahal skids one through to find the edge to hit the stumps. First wicket for India. Mark Chapman in at 3. Fuller delivery and Chapman attempts to sweep as the ball lands on his front foot. A stifled appeal from the close-in fielders. Top start from Chahal, a wicket-maiden!
Finn Allen b Chahal 11 (10b 2x4)
Top-edge and dropped by Kishan! Hardik sends in a rising delivery and Allen steps out to get a top-edge just past Kishan’s leaping effort to grab the ball for FOUR. Length from Hardik and Allen plays an audacious paddle to guide the ball past the keeper for FOUR. A couple of singles to follow. Hardik slides the ball into a charging Allen. He mishits the ball towards mid-on and gets another single.
Washington Sundar into the attack. Sundar constricts Conway with tight lines in his first over. The ball stops on the surface slightly as Conway finds two runs. A top-edge over the keep off the last ball helps Conway retain strike with a single.
Hardik Pandya takes the new ball. Finn Allen on strike with Devon Conway at the other end.
Hardik starts with a short ball. Allen pulls it down to fine-leg for a single. A touch fuller from Hardik and Conway swipes it over mid-wicket for the first FOUR. A single to follow. Six runs from the first over.
India XI: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
New Zealand XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner(c), Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner
TOSS: New Zealand wins toss, opts to bat.
Hardik Pandya:We were also thinking about batting first. It can’t difficult than this in a bilateral series, looking forward to this game. We are going to make mistakes and we’ll learn from them. It might turn. Umran misses out, Yuzi comes in.
Santner: We are gonna have a bat. The stats say that it’s challenging to chase. Had a tough ODI series, nice to bounce back. The key is to take wickets through the middle.
Hardik Pandya and Mitchell Santner at the centre.
Danny Morrison: One of the bigger grounds in India. 69m square on one side, 67m on the other side and 77m today for the straight hit.
Ajit Agarkar: It has a tacky look to it. It is a red soil pitch like Mumbai. If there is grip or movement off the pitch it will be quick and the batter will not have time. Fairly firm pitch. Team batting second would be hoping for dew, if not, this could be difficult to bat on.
Will Prithvi Shaw make a comeback or will India stay put on getting it right with the same XI? Toss coming up in a few minutes.
Wicketkeeper: Devon Conway
Batters: Shubman Gill, Surkyakumar Yadav (c), Finn Allen, Daryl Mitchell
All-rounders: Mitchell Santner, Hardik Pandya, Michael Bracewell (vc), Washington Sundar
Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav
Team Composition: NZ 6:5 IND Credits Left: 11.0
India will have to rectify a few flaws in order to challenge New Zealand in the second T20I here on Sunday.
The Indian pacers failed to adjust to a spin-friendly track at Ranchi in the first T20I on Friday, leading to a 21-run win for the Kiwis.
The very first ball delivered by off-spinner Washington Sundar, brought into the attack in the third over, should have provided a big clue. From a good length, Sundar got the ball to grip the surface and turn in sharply, catching a surprised Finn Allen on the thigh. It should have been clear that the pitch offered spongy bounce, but this tell was ignored by speedsters Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.
Instead of sticking to cutters and slower balls, the trio bowled full and wide at full tilt. The New Zealand batters were happy to sit back and swing for the fences. Arshdeep, in particular, will look to get the yorkers right, having conceded 27 runs in a wayward final over.
The all-round performance of Washington came as a silver lining. The Tamil Nadu cricketer kept a hard length with his flat trajectory, tying up the batters in knots. He excelled with the bat as well, striking a few clean hits in a 28-ball 50. Washington may have got his chance only because Ravindra Jadeja is out injured and Axar Patel is on a personal break, but he is certainly making it count.
From starting his career primarily as a top-order batter, Washington has evolved into a frontline spinner who can also operate as a lower middle-order finisher. “Growing up, I always used to bat up the order - open or bat at number three - but this shift happened ever since I started to play a lot of T20 practice. If you practice any skillset really hard, you will eventually get it,” Washington said in the post-match press conference at Ranchi.
In T20Is, the Indian batting relies heavily on Suryakumar Yadav. This was evidenced in the first outing, when the home team’s chase was derailed when Suryakumar departed for 47. The likes of Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tripathi - all dismissed for single-digit scores - will have to do their part and share the burden with Suryakumar.
- Ashwin Achal
India: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Prithvi Shaw, and Mukesh Kumar.
New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (Captain), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Lister, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, and Blair Tickner.
(Match starts at 7 p.m.)
When and where to watch IND vs NZ 2nd T20I?
The second T20I between India and New Zealand will be played in Lucknow on Sunday from 7PM IST.
The IND vs NZ 2nd T20I will be telecast live on Star Sports Network and streamed online through Hotstar.