The Hardik Pandya-led India National Cricket Team and the Mitchell Santner-led New Zealand National Cricket Team went head-to-head in the second T20I of the three-match series at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday, January 29.
India National Cricket Team defeated New Zealand National Cricket Team by 6 wickets in the match to level the series 1-1. The series decider will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, February 1.
The coin landed in the favour of Mitchell Santner and the New Zealand National Cricket Team opted to bat first in the match. The BlackCaps fielded an unchanged playing XI, but the Men In Blue made a change to the playing XI, including Yuzvendra Chahal in the place of Umran Malik.
Hardik Pandya opened the attack against the Kiwi openers – Devon Conway and Finn Allen – and conceded 6 runs in the over. Washington Sundar bowled a 4-run second over and Pandya bowled an 11-run third over.
Yuzvendra Chahal cleaned up Finn Allen for 11 in the fourth over and delivered a wicket-maiden while Washington Sundar dismissed Devon Conway for 11 in the next over, conceding 8 runs. In the 6th over, Chahal gave away just 4 runs and at the end of the powerplay, the BlackCaps were at 33/2.
Then, Deepak Hooda dismissed Glenn Phillips for 5 in the 7th over and Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Daryl Mitchell for 8 in the 10th over. After 10 overs, New Zealand were at 48/4.
In the last 10 overs, the Kiwi batters continued struggling against the Indian bowling unit and they were restricted to 99/8 in 20 overs. Skipper Santner was the top-scorer for his side with 19 runs under his belt.
Talking about bowlers, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Hooda and Hardik Pandya picked up one wicket each while Arshdeep Singh bagged two wickets.
Chasing the target, Shubman Gill scored 11 runs off 9 balls, including 2 fours, before being cleaned up by Michael Bracewell in the 4th over. Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, scored 19 runs off 32 balls, with 2 fours, before getting run out in the 9th over.
Rahul Tripathi, meanwhile, got dismissed by Ish Sodhi in the 11th over and he scored 13 runs off 18 balls, including 1 four. Washington Sundar was the next one to fall as he got run out for 10 in the 15th over.
In the end, the equation came down to 6 runs off the last over, which was bowled by Blair Tickner. The Men In Blue needed 3 runs off 2 balls when Suryakumar Yadav hit a four to take India past the finish line with one ball remaining. Captain Hardik Pandya scored 15* runs while vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav scored 26* runs.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I:
No sixes but nonetheless a thrilling match. New Zealand fought valiantly to defend 100 with 17 overs of spin but in the end @surya_14kumar and @hardikpandya7 fought it out and a good win for team India. With the series level 1-1 , should be a cracker of a decider at Ahmedabad. pic.twitter.com/oTeH05noye
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 29, 2023
Great day for Indian cricket today. After our girls beat England to clinch the title, #TeamIndia defeated New Zealand in a low scoring match in Lucknow. Congratulations boys for the fabulous game. @BCCI
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 29, 2023
Team India held their nerves better #INDvNZ
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) January 29, 2023
Gambhir said “This is not a T20 wicket”.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 29, 2023
Sorry, but it was a poor pitch. It deserves a demerit point in my view. These are the kind of pitches we have seen in CPL 2020 and Bangladesh. Not fit for T20 cricket. https://t.co/dKMmaE5beh
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) January 29, 2023
New Zealand bowled exceptionally. Making a game out of a small target against India. They took the game till the last over!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 29, 2023
This is the first ever men’s T20I match in India with 0 sixes.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 29, 2023
— Akash Kumar Jha (@Akashkumarjha14) January 29, 2023
What A weird low scoring T20 in India😬
New Zealand 99-8 off 20 Overs
India 101-4 off 19.5 Overs
— …. (@YouBearsssssss) January 29, 2023
I don’t know what to make of it but that was one weird game of cricket. #INDvNZ
— Narbavi (@Narbavi) January 29, 2023
Thriller of a match.
Congrats team india.#INDvNZ
— Abhimanyu Singh 🇮🇳 (@TheAbhimanyu12) January 29, 2023
— Waleed Rauf (@WaleedRauf20) January 29, 2023
THE SAVIOUR #SuryakumarYadav 🔥💥
— THUNDER CREATION (@CreationThunder) January 29, 2023
surya ka ye 4 >>> surya ke ulte-seedhe shots#INDvNZ
— Aayushi (@aayushiii_09) January 29, 2023
Y’all wanted to throw Rohit and Virat to see Pandya lead these bunch of jokers??? 🤣🤣🤣
This team without team is a freaking joke. Pandya will run this team into the gutter#INDvNZ
— AK (@Sudharsan_ak) January 29, 2023
We also like the strike rate of 83 in winnings.😆😉🇮🇳#INDvNZ
And indian team preparing for #BGT2023
After today’s match, BCCI will now keep an eye on another ground for the Test.
— Shubham_Srivastava (@4u_shubh365) January 29, 2023
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 29, 2023
Not one, but two crucial wins today 💙
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) January 29, 2023
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) January 29, 2023
great game of cricket
much much much better than those one sided affairs on flat tracks in a small ground with a zillion sixes
— slower bouncer (@slowerbouncer) January 29, 2023
No Arshdeep today to cry and whine over for 🤡
Those who are against Arshdeep Singh will be silent because in Today’s match he is highest wicket taker for India. In 2 he took 2 wickets for just 8 runs. Out of total 99 that Newzealand scored against India.. #INDvNZ
— AKDhillon (@kauraverjit) January 29, 2023
What a useless match 😂
Even Surya able to hit fielder than ball in this Lucknow ground pitch #BadPitch 😅#INDVsNZT20#IndvsNz #IndvNZ #NzvInd #ShubmanGill #IshanKishan #Surya #HardikPandya #kuldeepyadav #BCCI pic.twitter.com/5LvhZ1Q5wT
— DaebakAnkita💃 (@DaebakankitaF) January 29, 2023
— Cricket With Laresh (@Lareshhere) January 29, 2023
— JaayShaan (VaidhyaJayaShankar) (@JaayShaan) January 29, 2023
— TARUN BHALLA (@tarunbhalla06) January 29, 2023
Ishan kishan & Sky hall of shame innings #INDvNZ
— ‘ (@BillaOff) January 29, 2023
India won the match series 1-1 #indvnz
— Nitin jain(Sachinsuperfan) (@NitinSachinist) January 29, 2023
SKY to the rescue, yet again! A strange T20 game. Batsmen were well tested. India win the battle of attrition. Barring a few panic moments, they saw their team home.
I’ll definitely not complain about the pitch. Batsmen can’t have road everyday. #INDvNZ
— Cricketologist (@AMP86793444) January 29, 2023