India vs New Zealand 2017, 2nd T20I in Rajkot, Highlights

Saul Bowman
November 5, 2017

Debutant Mohammed Siraj claimed his maiden global wicket when the paceman dismissed rival captain Kane Williamson for 12.

That's still an impressive tally for the new opener, and he said the important thing is not to dwell on any poor performances given his role. The resounding victory, riding on the swashbuckling batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country's first-ever win over the Kiwis in the shortest form of the game.

Munro has a fearsome reputation when it comes to the limited-overs format and the fact that he hit a 56-ball ton against Bangladesh in January extenuates that fear factor.

Munro put on 105 for the first wicket with Martin Guptill (45) as the visitors plundered the Indian attack around the park. "It was when I just stood there, watched the ball and tried to hit through the line as hard as I could that it came off".

36 - Kohli just became the 36th batsman to bat in 50 or more T20I innings.

Opening the bowling for India along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siraj's very first over in global cricket saw him concede 10 runs, including two boundaries.

Given a spot in the starting XI on Saturday following Ashish Nehra's retirement, Siraj had a baptism with fire in Rajkot as New Zealand's batsmen made merry. Martin Guptill and Munro took the Indian bowlers to school and batted really well.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (w), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj. Moreover, Siraj becomes 1st pacer from Hyderabad to play for India after Syed Abid Ali. Considering the vast all-round strength that the hosts boast of, it's going to be a Herculean task for the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand to prevent India from surging to a third T20I series victory in eight contests, dating back to 2012-13, three of which were drawn encounters.

Guptill struck two more sixes and a boundary in the fifth over to inject some momentum as New Zealand reached 48 for naught by the end of the powerplay. "The ball got scuffed up", he added.

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