Chahal, Rahul and Iyer heroics help India go 2-0 against New Zealand at Auckland
After an all-round bowling performance from India on a two-paced Eden Park track, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer ensured that the smallish chase was smooth.
New Zealand 132-5 (20 Overs; Guptill33(20), Seifert(wk)33(26), Jadeja2/18, Bumrah1/21)
India 135-3 (17.3 Overs; Rahul(wk)57(50), Shreyas Iyer44(33); Southee2/20, Ish Sodhi1/33)
Result - India won by 7 wickets
New Zealand won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat in Auckland - a great chasing venue. They expected to put India under pressure with a huge total in the first essay.
However, as opposed to the first match, they did not get off to a sublime start, with both openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro back in the hut within the first nine overs.
Ravindra Jadeja then really put the mockers on the Kiwis with two quick blows that saw Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme dismissed.
It was courtesy of a 26-ball 33 from from wicketkeeper Tim seifert that took New Zealand to 132, despite Bumrah's terrific closing spell as he ended with figures of 4-20-1.
New Zealand were in the game at one point having dismissed both big guns Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. However, KL Rahul showed a lot of maturity to be unbeaten in the chase.
Shreyas Iyer picked up from where he left in the last match and struck a brilliant 33-ball 44. A six from Shivam Dube helped India go 2-0 up in the series.
Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner were the standout bowlers for the hosts.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert, Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
India - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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