INDvNZ T20I: India put the big target of 185 for Kiwis

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Electing to bat first, India scored 184 runs in the second T20 International of the three-match T20I series against the Kiwis, which the Men in Blue have already won.

Kolkata: Electing to bat first, India scored 184 runs in the third T20 International of the three-match T20I series against the Kiwis, which the Men in Blue had already won.

The lower order batsmen gave the finish which the captain would have expected after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

The Blackcaps have successfully chased down several big goals, including 201 against Jim Hamilton in 2012.

Highest target successfully chased by New Zealand in T20Is

201 vs Jim Hamilton 2012

176 vs West Indies Auckland 2020

175 vs Sri Lanka Pallekele 2019

The Kiwis struggled to break the opening partnership when the Rohit-Ishan duo scored 69 runs before losing their first wicket in the powerplay.

One of the greatest cricket stadiums of all time, the Eden Gardens saw packed spectators rejoicing when Ishan Kishan hit six boundaries for India.

Suryakumar Yadav took Ishan Kishan to the dressing room when he was dismissed for no run in the fourth ball.

In a brilliant innings, Rohit overtook Virat Kohli and scored his 30th T20 International fifty against the Black Caps.

Rohit repeated the last game as the hitman hit a total of 8 boundaries with 3 maximums.

A one-handed catch from Ish Sodhi came as a surprise to the Indian captain as it forced him to return to the pavilion.

New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner, breathing a sigh of relief for the team, cleaned up India’s top order. The other bowlers of the Kiwi team took a wicket each from time to time but could not stop the Men in Blue from making a challenging score.

Indian coach Rahul Dravid will look at the performance of the bowlers while defending against the Kiwis after the innings break.

Yuzvendra Chahal, playing his 50th T20I after a long break, will have big shoes like Ashwin in the game.

First published:November 21, 2021, 8:59 pm

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