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05 November 2017, 01:55 | Rufus Hill
Martin Guptill is due for a big
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The Kane Williamson-led side, however, have made two important changes in the squad.
Having snapped the Twenty20 global jinx against New Zealand with the opening match win in New Delhi, India will now aim to clinch the three-match series whereas the Black Caps will try to keep it alive. Following the retirement of Indian pacer Ashish Nehra after the 1st T20I, Mohammed Siraj makes his India debut and becomes 71st Indian cricketer in this format and 354th across formats.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson looked pleased with their series-equalling victory.
In the only T20 worldwide played here four years ago, Australia made a whopping 201, but that was not all, India chased it successfully the star of the show being Yuvraj Singh who scored an unbeaten 57 ball 77 and helped India win with 2 balls to spare. Munro also hit his 2nd T20I ton.
Munro put on 105 for the first wicket with Martin Guptill (45) as the visitors plundered the Indian attack around the park.
The Indian openers who notched up a match-winning partnership of 158 runs in the previous game failed to click today at Rajkot. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum leads the list with 2140 runs. Riding on Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan's fine fifties complimented by Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel's disciplined bowling, the Men in Blue defeated the Kiwis by 53 runs in the first T20I.
The resounding victory, riding on the exhilarating batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country's first-ever over the Black Caps in the shortest form of the game.
Kohli and Shreyas Iyer raised 54 runs for the third wicket before Munro struck, dismissing Iyer for 23. "The ball got scuffed up", he added.
The Auckland batsman never let up, though, and powered on to his hundred as New Zealand amassed 196-2 in their 20 overs. New Zealand went into the match dropping Tom Latham and Tim Southee and played Glenn Philips and Adam Milne.
2 - Virat Kohli is now the second highest run-getter in T20Is.
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