India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I Stats Review: Rohit Sharma’s record, Martin Guptill’s new landmark and more stats

Martin Guptill (3248) went past Kohli’s tally of 3227 runs to become the highest run-getter in T20I cricket.

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Martin Guptill. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)
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India seem to have got their mojo back after a horrendous campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021. The Men in Blue thrashed New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I, sealing the series 2-0. While the opening game went right down to the wire and an exciting contest was witnessed, this was a pretty much one-sided affair with India chasing down 154 in 17.2 overs.

Speaking of how the game panned out, India unsurprisingly opted to bowl after winning the toss at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. New Zealand’s top-order came to the party once again with all from the top four – Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips – coming to the party. However, some magnificent bowling in the death overs meant the Kiwis were restricted to 153/6 in their allotted 20 overs.

India’s chase couldn’t have gone smoother as openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were once again at the top of their A-game. Both dashers slammed half-centuries and knocked the Kiwis out of the contest. Although Tim Southee spiced up the proceedings with three quick wickets, Rishabh Pant’s brief came guided India to a comfortable win.

Meanwhile, here are the important stats and numbers from India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I:

6 – At 30 years and 361 days, Harshal Patel became the sixth-oldest T20I debutant for India.

627 – Martin Guptill became the first New Zealand international to rack up 600 T20I runs in a calendar year.

150 – Guptill also completed 150 T20I sixes as an opener, becoming the first batter to get the feat.

4 – Rohit Sharma’s tally of 244 international matches as an opener is now the fourth-highest for any Indian player.

13 – Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul now have joint-most half-century stand in T20Is, 13. The duo shares the record with Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling.

5 – Rohit and Rahul recorded their fifth successive half-century stand in T20Is.

3 – Rohit and Rahul became the third pair to rack up five half-century stands in T20Is in 2021.

4 – This was KL Rahul’s fourth half-century in the last five T20I matches.

29Rohit Sharma equaled Virat Kohli’s record of most fifty-plus scores in T20Is, 29.

3248 – Martin Guptill (3248) went past Kohli’s tally of 3227 runs to become the highest run-getter in T20I cricket.