India hammered New Zealand in the second T20 by 7 wickets in Auckland. This win has made the series evenly poised with one match to go.
After winning the toss Nz opted to bat first but unlikely like the first match they were off to a disastrous start. With the new ball, Khaleel used the conditions to extract zip off the pitch to deny Tim Seifert any room at the start. After bowling four successive dot deliveries in the second over, the frustration consumed him in the third over as Bhuvneshwar Kumar had him nick one to MS Dhoni off a wild slog. Krunal Pandya struck twice in the sixth over. They lost three-wicket inside powerplay. The scoreboard read 43 for 3 after 6 overs.
Colin de Grandhomme struck beautifully after coming to bat. New Zealand scored 61 runs between 11 to 15 over. After scoring half century Colin de Grandhomme lost his wicket. From there on run did not come at the brisk rate and New Zealand only managed to score 158 in 20 overs.
In reply, India went off to a brilliant start scoring 50 runs in 6overs. The first wicket partnership was of 77 runs. Rishabh Pant demonstrated brute force and a calm head in MS Dhoni's company as India won by seven wickets with seven balls to spare.
Rohit Sharma became the highest run-getter in T20Is during the course of his 29-ball 50.
Krunal Pandya was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant spell.
India 162 for 3 (Rohit 50, Pant 40*) beat New Zealand 158 for 8 (de Grandhomme 50, Taylor 42, Krunal 3-28) by seven wickets