India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Stats Review: Suryakumar Yadav's brilliance, all-round bowling excellence and other stats
Hardik Pandya and Surya helped India level the series in a low-scoring thriller.
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Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav held on the nerves in a tricky run-chase, as team India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets with two balls to spare in Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. India levelled the three match T20I series 1-1.
Speaking about how the game panned out, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat on a dry surface. Indian spinners ran through the Kiwis top-order as every batsman in the powerplay was dismissed cheaply trying to play unnecessary shots.
Hardik Pandya squeezed the run-scoring with three spinners and introduced Arshdeep Singh only in the latter half of the innings. The left-arm pacer didn't disappoint as well returning with the figures of 2/7 in his two overs. Mitchell Santner was the only batsman who got the timing as his 19 runs in the end helped NZ post 99 in 20 overs.
In response, Indian top order batters got off to starts, but were not able to convert as they lost the top three batters for 50 runs. However, the duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Washington Sundar withstood the spin threat in the middle overs. A terrible mix-up in the 15th over led to Washington Sundar’s run out and India were in trouble with 70/4 and 30 to get in last five overs.
Santner, on the other hand, put on a squeeze with spinners as he introduced the fifth bowling option in Chapman. Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav played with caution and patience to help India complete the tricky chase in last over as India levelled the series 1-1.
Meanwhile Let us look at stats and numbers recorded in 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand.
150 -Hardik Pandya completed 150 wickets across formats.
1 - Mitchell Santner became the first New Zealand bowler to achieve the feat of 500 runs and 50 wickets in T20I.
17 - New Zealand bowled 17 overs of spin in second T20I. These are the third most overs bowled by spinners in a T20I match. Pakistan and Zimbabwe share the top position having bowled 18 overs of spin in a T20I innings.
1 - India and New Zealand didn't hit a single six in the entire T20I played in Lucknow. This is first such instance in a T20I played in India.
239 -Most balls in T20I among full member nations where not even a single six was hit. Previous best was 238 between Bangladesh and New Zealand in 2021.
91 -Yuzvendra Chahal became the leading wicket taker for India in T20Is surpassing Bhuvneshwar Kumar's tally of 90 wickets.
99 -New Zealand were bundled out for just 99 runs in the second T20I. This turned out to be the lowest total for the Kiwis against India in T20Is.