IND vs NZ 2017, 2nd T20I: Opening Partnership was the Difference, feels Kane Williamson
Riding on a brilliant century by Colin Munro, New Zealand levelled the three-match series against the Kiwis after winning the 2nd T20I by 40 runs.
It was a spectacular display of batsmanship by Munro which helped the visitors post a mammoth 196 for two on the board at the end of their allotted 20 overs. He shared a huge partnership of 105 runs for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill which never allowed the Men in Blue to force their way back into the game.
It was a good bowling performance by the hosts towards the death overs which prevented the Black Caps from scoring beyond 200 runs. The Men in Blue started off poorly but hopes ignited after captain Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer shared a good partnership. Kohli played a good hand and scored yet another half-century, but the Kiwis kept bowling in the right areas which never allowed the Indians to go hammers and tongs which they required a lot early.
It was a distance too far for the hosts, as they eventually fell short by 40 runs to make the 3rd encounter the decider yet again. The visitors have performed pretty well and will look to seal the series in the decider. Kane Williamson was a pretty happy man after the performance and heaped praises on Munro who played an exceptional knock. He said,
“I guess a contrasting performance from the last game. Certainly an improved performance. We need to play well to beat this side, and we were able to do so today. Absolutely, it was a great partnership. Fantastic hundred from him (Munro). When anyone bats like this, it goes a long way in getting a good total when you are batting first. Guptill at the top and then Tom Bruce coming in. It was a great pitch, fast outfield and the guys executed their plans well. Great performance from the bowlers on this wicket. Two spinners, they are pretty experienced in this format, and they bowled well during tough phases of the game.”
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