Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 12 Runs | NZ: 212/4 | RR: 10.60

  • LRPL Taylor14 (7b)
  • DJ Mitchell19 (11b)
  • KK Ahmed4-0-47-1
  • B Kumar4-0-37-1

9.35pm Colin Munro has just been left out of the ODI squad for Bangladesh, possible signs that the selectors are looking to try out someone else with the World Cup. So there must've been some pressure as he walked out to bat today. How did he respond? By shellacking a 40-ball 72 at the same ground where he made an 18-ball half-century the last time he played a T20I here, against England at this time last year.

His taking apart of Krunal and Hardik made for some exhilarating viewing, a hundred looked on the cards until he mistimed a slog. Yes, he did live a charmed life, dropped twice, but if your game borders on the high risk, high-rewards methods, and you can pull it off like the way he did, you deserve some luck. Towards the end, Colin de Grandhomme did his thing to take this total past 200. Tim Seifert at the top of the order may have just give himself more than just an outside chance of figuring in New Zealand's World Cu plans. His fearlessness and ball-striking ability will make him a key player in the Powerplay. Besides that, there's a T20I series is at stake, and both sides want to finish this tour with the trophy in their kitty. This chase should be fun.

19.6
4
Ahmed to Taylor, FOUR runs, baseball strike! Too short, spongy bounce as he takes pace off, but Taylor lines him up and flat-bats it to the deep midwicket boundary. Superb total, but it will take some chasing even if on a smallish ground. Be back for the chase shortly.
19.5
1
Ahmed to Mitchell, 1 run, mistimes this lofted full toss to long-off
19.4
1
Ahmed to Taylor, 1 run, pulled but not in control, down to deep midwicket
19.3
0
Ahmed to Taylor, no run, steps out to blast this through cover, misses out on a juicy full toss
19.2
0
Ahmed to Taylor, no run, looks to belt this over cover, but is deceived by the slower one as he gets a thin nick, doesn't carry to MS Dhoni
19.1
6
Ahmed to Taylor, SIX runs, gets walloped for six first ball! Too short, Taylor picks his spot, walks across and powers the pull that sails flat over deep square

Khaleel conceded just 5 off the final over in Auckland. Here he comes again

END OF OVER:
19 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 200/4 | RR: 10.52

  • DJ Mitchell18 (10b)
  • LRPL Taylor3 (2b)
  • B Kumar4-0-37-1
  • HH Pandya4-0-44-0
18.6
0
Kumar to Mitchell, no run, slower and fuller outside off, looks to swing but misses.
18.5
4
Kumar to Mitchell, FOUR runs, top-edges the pull, bounces past the two men trying to retrieve. Khaleel from short fine, Krunal from fine leg. Neither got there as it spun away
18.4
1
Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, squeezes this behind point as they scamper a run

Bharath Seervi adds: Most runs conceded by an India bowler in a bilateral T20I series - Pandya brothers at top this series - Hardik 131 and Krunal 119.

18.3
2
Kumar to Taylor, 2 runs, crunches this drive into the gap at sweeper cover
18.2
W
Kumar to de Grandhomme, OUT, sees the batsman trying to carve behind point, so goes full and wide outside off, almost yorker-length, De Grandhomme still looks to reach out to squeeze, ends up getting a thin edge and MS Dhoni accepts it gleefully.

C de Grandhomme c †Dhoni b Kumar 30 (26m 16b 3x4 1x6) SR: 187.50

18.1
1
Kumar to Mitchell, 1 run, mistimes this pull down to wide long-on

Can they get to 225?

END OF OVER:
18 | 10 Runs | NZ: 192/3 | RR: 10.66

  • C de Grandhomme30 (15b)
  • DJ Mitchell13 (7b)
  • HH Pandya4-0-44-0
  • B Kumar3-0-29-0

Over to Shashank

17.6
0
HH Pandya to de Grandhomme, no run, fuller down the leg side, goes for the flick but misses, the ball brushes the pads, Dhoni makes a tumbling stop
17.5
1
HH Pandya to Mitchell, 1 run, length outside off, hits it towards deep extra cover
17.4
3
HH Pandya to de Grandhomme, 3 runs, banged short outside off, goes for the pull, it's in the air but in the gap as well, Vijay Shankar is charging in from the deep midwicket, dives to his left but cannot reach there
17.3
1
HH Pandya to Mitchell, 1 run, a low full toss around off, punches it back towards the bowler who cannot make a clean stop, and concedes a single, sloppy
17.2
4
HH Pandya to Mitchell, FOUR runs, fuller on the pads and picked away towards deep square leg for four, brilliant wrist-work there
17.1
1
HH Pandya to de Grandhomme, 1 run, slower one outside off and smashed in the air towards extra cover, Rohit dives to his right and spills

Kartik Chaturve: "Don't understand the tactics here either, if you're not giving the ball to Shankar and playing him as a pure batsman then WHY not Gill? "

END OF OVER:
17 | 15 Runs | NZ: 182/3 | RR: 10.70

  • DJ Mitchell7 (4b)
  • C de Grandhomme26 (12b)
  • B Kumar3-0-29-0
  • KH Pandya4-0-54-0
16.6
4
Kumar to Mitchell, FOUR runs, another full toss and Mitchell just drives it on the up, nice and straight, bisecting the two man at long-off and long-on
16.5
1
Kumar to de Grandhomme, 1 run, a low full toss outside off, hits it towards long-on
16.4
1
Kumar to Mitchell, 1 run, finally gets the yorker right, outside off though, digs it towards midwicket
16.3
1
Kumar to de Grandhomme, 1 run, a full toss on the stumps, doesn't get the timing right, hits it towards deep midwicket
16.2
4
Kumar to de Grandhomme, FOUR runs, short of length outside off and this time cuts it over backward point for back to back fours

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st6S DhawanRG Sharma
2nd75RG SharmaV Shankar
3rd40RG SharmaRR Pant
4th20RG SharmaHH Pandya
5th4MS DhoniHH Pandya
6th0MS DhoniKD Karthik
7th63KD KarthikKH Pandya