Sharma claims record as India cruise past New Zealand

Daryl Mitchell is given out LBW and heads back to the dressing room

SPORTDaryl Mitchell is given out LBW and heads back to the dressing room

Indian captain Rohit Sharma and experienced campaigner MS Dhoni gathered around as confusion reigned, but in the end Mitchell had to respect the umpire's decision, and depart with just a solitary run to his name. Skipper Rohit Sharma scored a brisk 28-ball half-century to lead India's chase of 159. New Zealand were batting first and did not get the start that they would have expected.

Sharma, who is standing in as captain while Virat Kohli is rested, had demanded greater consistency ahead of the match.

The risky opening duo of Colin Munro and Seifert put the Indian pacers under tremendous pressure early on in the innings and dismissing them cheaply will be crucial for the visitors' chances. India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20i was an extravaganza as Indian bowlers restricted the hosts for a low total of 158 runs and scalped their 8 wickets in the respected 20 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed began with tidy opening overs, and in his second the former had Tim Seifert - after a six and four in successive balls - edging to MS Dhoni for 12.

Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan added 79 runs for the first wicket before Rishabh Pant played an important knock to help India avenge the humiliation of first game. However, when the DRS showed the ball hitting all three wickets the verdict for lbw was upheld by TV umpire Haig, to Williamson's shock.

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The decider of the series will be played in Wellington on Sunday.

Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over.

De Grandhomme miscued the ball straight to Rohit Sharma after reaching the milestone, ending a 77-run partnership with Ross Taylor which was the highlight of the New Zealand innings. US is the only country where they have not won a T20I match yet among countries in which they have played the shortest format. Kane Williamson and Colin Munro tucked into Khaleel and two fours to Williamson off Hardik Pandya took New Zealand to 40/1 after five. India won the match by seven wickets to level the series.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first as they look to wrap up the series in the second Twenty20 against India at Eden Park on Friday.

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