India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I – 10 best memes of the match

India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I – 10 best memes of the match

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul's 117-run partnership set the platform for India's run-chase.

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Indian cricket team. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)

India, on Friday, November 19, defeated New Zealand by seven wickets at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. With the win, Rohit Sharma and Co. also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third and final game of the series is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 21. Tim Southee and Co. have nothing, but pride to play for in the last of the three T20Is.

India pull things back after rusty start

The decision to field first after winning the toss backfired on India initially. The Black Caps racked up 64 runs in the powerplay and got off to a flier. Martin Guptill scored a 15-ball 31 before Deepak Chahar removed him. Guptill also went on to leapfrog Virat Kohli as the all-time leading T20I run-scorer. Daryl Mitchell and Mark Chapman scored 31 and 21 respectively, but couldn’t carry on.

After the first six overs, India made a comeback as the Kiwis could only score 89 runs in their last 14 overs. Glenn Phillips scored a 21-ball 34, but Tim Seifert and James Neesham failed to get going. In fact, Neesham got only three runs off 12 balls before Bhuvneshwar Kumar ended his misery. In the end, the visitors notched 153 for six in 20 overs. Debutant Harshal Patel picked up two wickets.

Rohit, Rahul make hay

India didn’t blaze away in their run-chase and were rather circumspect. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma made sure that the Men in Blue scored 45 runs in the first six overs and didn’t lose a single wicket. The New Zealand bowlers couldn’t make a breakthrough, but didn’t let India get away with the game either. At the hallway stage of their innings, India still didn’t lose a wicket and made 79 useful runs.

Rahul got to his fifty off 40 balls with a massive six off Adam Milne. In the over prior to that, Rohit also smashed Mitchell Santner over the ropes, twice. Rohit and Rahul stepped on the gas and accomplished their 100-run stand off 70 balls. Rahul perished after scoring a 49-ball 65. Soon after, Rohit also got out after a 36-ball 55, but the Indian team chased the target with 2.4 overs left.

Here are the best memes of the match