Once de Grandhomme was sent back by Hardik Pandya and Taylor was run-out, New Zealand's chances of a big total went up in smoke. The first wicket fell in the third over. He surpassed Martin Guptill of New Zealand. Rohit Sharma became the top run-scorer in worldwide T20s.
His team dominated New Zealand with bat and ball to avenge an 80-run loss in the opening fixture in Wellington - India's heaviest ever T20 defeat.
Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.
The young Vijay Shankar was dismissed by Mitchell for 14 and then Rishabh Pant 40 (28)* and MS Dhoni 20 (17)* scored valuable cameo knocks staying firm without losing further wickets, and their unbeaten knocks lead India to 162/3, and a victory by 7 wickets with 7 balls to spare.After losing the first T20, India leveled the T20 series 1-1 with this victory.
Talking about the match, India sealed a 159-run chase in the penultimate over of the match without much discomfort. 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.More news: Dems turn focus to tax returns - and Trump's loom largest
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Dhoni, who last captained India in a T20I against West Indies at Lauderhill in 2016, was once again seen taking on-field decisions.
Krunal, Rohit fire India to series-levelling win. Loud and energetic. Gotta love the passion for the Indian team and players that the fans present.
New Zealand, on the other hand, would not be happy with their inconsistent batting performances throughout the Indian series.
Krunal Pandya took three for 28 and Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures of two for 27 as the tourists prevented New Zealand from exploiting Eden Park's short boundaries. With 20 fifty-plus scores in T20s, Rohit Sharma now also holds the record for most such scores in T20s. They have won 6 matches out of those 8 matches.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.