India vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya elated after 2nd man-of-the-match award in 8 T20Is

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya elated after 2nd man-of-the-match award in 8 T20IsIndia vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya was adjudged man-of-the-match for his three-wicket haul in the second T20I between India and New Zealand at Eden Park on Friday. Brief scores – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1. Rohit (50), Pant (40*), Dhawan (30).advertisement Rohan Sen AucklandFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 15:27 IST India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I in Auckland: Krunal Pandya picked up his second man-of-the-match award in T20Is (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1Krunal Pandya registered his second-best figures in T20I cricket with 3 wickets for 28 runsIndia’s win was also their first in a T20I match in New ZealandBrief scores – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1. Rohit (50), Pant (40*), Dhawan (30). ScorecardIndia all-rounder Krunal Pandya proved that he is a quick learner as he turned his performance around in just two days time to return match-winning figures for the team in the second T20 international against New Zealand on Friday.Krunal’s 3 for 28 in four overs helped India register their first win in a T20I match in New Zealand as the hosts were restricted to 158 for 8 which the visitors chased down with ease in 18.5 overs.Krunal was hammered for 37 runs for just 1 wicket in the last match which India lost by a record margin. But the left-arm spinner pulled up his socks and used all his variations to bamboozle the Kiwi batsmen.”It felt really nice to contribute for the team. It’s always special when you contribute to a win. The dimensions are quite different from Wellington, the straight boundaries were short and I had to adjust my length to it. Looking forward to the decider in two days’ time,” Krunal said after receiving his man-of-the-match award.Krunal had picked up two wickets in his very first over of the match as he sent back the dangerous Colin Munro and Daryl Mitchell within four deliveries.The 27-year-old then returned in the next over to snare the wicket of captain Kane Williamson to leave New Zealand tottering at 50 for 4 in 7.5 overs before Colin de Grandhomme made a quickfire 28-ball 50 to rescue the [email protected] strikes again! The arm ball skids on, Williamson looks to pull through square leg, goes under the bat and he’s in front.New Zealand 50/4 after 8 overs https://t.co/QLAqM4Yzf5 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/DKmEJ2rgPFadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2019De Grandhomme and Ross Taylor (42) added 77 runs for the fifth wicket to propel the Black Caps to 158 for 8. Apart from Krunal, Khaleel Ahmed (2/27), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29) and Hardik Pandya (1/36) were among the wickets for India.In reply the tourists rode on Rohit Sharma’s 29-ball 50 while Rishabh Pant made an unbeaten 40 to chase down the total with 7 wickets and 7 balls to spare. Shikhar Dhawan (30) and MS Dhoni (20 not out) also made significant contributions.India’s win sets up the series nicely as both teams now stand level at one-win each. The third and final match will now be a decider and will be played in Hamilton on February 10 (Sunday).Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant power India to their 1st T20I victory in New ZealandAlso Read | We learnt from our mistakes: Rohit Sharma after historic T20I win over New ZealandAlso Read | Rohit Sharma trolled with Mumbai Indians quota jibe, Krunal Pandya responds in styleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow New Zealand vs IndiaFollow Krunal Pandyalast_img read more