Colin Munro bombards India's bowlers in New Zealand win

Colin Munro played bright cricket, provided value for money to the spectators who had crammed the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium (SCA) at Khanderi Village and led New Zealand to a comfortable win in the second Twenty20 international on Saturday.

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New Zealand's Colin Munro playing a reverse sweep on his way to an unbeaten 109 against Indian in the second T20I in Rajkot.   -  Vivek Bendre

Colin Munro played bright cricket, provided value for money to the spectators who had crammed the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium (SCA) at Khanderi Village and led New Zealand to a comfortable win in the second Twenty20 international on Saturday. Chasing 197 at an exacting asking rate of 9.85 an over, India lost wickets at regular intervals and though skipper Virat Kohli hit out to score his 18th T20 half century, the double blow at the start from left arm seamer Trent Boult, who accounted for Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, held the visitor in good stead and win the match by 40 runs.  
 

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At the start of this year, the 30-year-old left hander had gone to a place derived from a lava dome, called Mount Maunganui in his country, took guard at the fall of the first wicket and pummelled the Bangladesh bowlers to make a match-winning 101 off 54 balls with seven 4s and as many 6s. Many months later, New Zealand elevated Munro to the opening slot and after four matches consisting of three ODIs and a Twenty20 at the Kotla a few days ago, Munro struck big blows off bowlers who had held the upper hand for a better part of the ongoing limited over series.

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On the back of Munro’s unbeaten 109, New Zealand posted a formidable total to level the three match series 1-1 and hopes for a win in the first Twenty20 to be played at a new venue in Thiruvananthapuram next Tuesday. After being outplayed in the first match, New Zealand won the toss, elected to bat and openers Martin Guptill and Munro responded with an array of shots on a pitch that was flat. This gave leeway for the left-right combination to keep the score board ticking away at eight an over at the conclusion of the six-over power-play.
 
India played its 71st player in this format in the 23-year-old seamer from Hyderabad, Mohammed Siraj. Virat Kohli tossed the new ball to him after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was worked on the on- side by Guptill for the first boundary of the match. Guptill showed his class despatching the debutant seamer straight down the boundary, immediately after Munro had squeezed the same bowler to the point fence.

                                                    Super hit Sunil Gavaskar!

India’s legenadary cricketer and batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar has a great fan following all over the world, but there are some cities in the world where fans across generations show special affection for him.
Rajkot is one city where he has always been sought out by people for autographs and selfies. And Gavaskar happily acknowledges each and every one by posing for pictures.
When asked which city in India where fans approach him the most, Gavaskar, told Sportstar: "Indore. Indore is the selfie capital of the world. They offer me different kinds of sweets there. In fact I would call it "dualfie’’ because two people are involved.
A media-personalty after his retirement from international cricket, Gavaskar feels very happy about posing for selfies or 'dualfies'. He said people in London and Dubai also approach him for selfies. On Saturday, he engaged with media at the press box; SMG is a terrific hit with all alike.


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. After the fall of Williamson, Munro found a right partner in Tom Bruce and they added 56 for the unbroken third wicket. New Zealand went into the match dropping Tom Latham and Tim Southee and played Glenn Philips and Adam Milne.
 
Thanks to some excellent bowling from Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who evoked circumspection from the likes of Guptill and Munro, India was able to keep the New Zealand total under 200. Siraj discovered the perils of Twenty20 cricket conceding 53 runs in his four over quota, while left arm spinner Axar Patel and medium pacer Hardik Pandya also found Munro a tough customer. Dropped on 79 by Yuzvendra Chahal at deep cover off Kumar -- Munro went ont to become the third batsman to score a century against India in a T20I; Australia's Shane Watson had scored a 124 not out in Sydney in January last year and West Indian Evin Lewis notched up an exact 100 at Lauderhill in August. Lewis then followed it up with an unbeaten 125 in Windies' win at Kingston in July 2017.