India vs New Zealand Second T20 International Lucknow Match Report 2023

Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten 26 as India defeated New Zealand by six wickets in the second T20 international in Lucknow on Sunday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, openers Finn Allen and Devon Conway got New Zealand off to a steady start. The pair added 21 runs for the opening stand before the former (11) was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal while attempting a reverse sweep.

The reverse sweep proved to be the undoing for the next two batsman, with Devon Conway (15) caught behind the stumps off Washington Sundar, and then Glenn Phillips bowled by Deepak Hooda for 5.

Left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav then pegged the Blacks Caps back by claiming the in form Daryl Mitchell with a peach off a delivery.

The visitors lost half their side when when Mark Chapman (14) was run-out following a mix-up with Michael Bracewell.

Bracewell then fell for 14, top-edging a hook off Hardik Pandya to Arshdeep Singh. Arshdeep then got into the wickets column by dismissing both Ish Sodhi (1) and Lockie Ferguson (0) in quick succession, as New Zealand ended up with 99/8 in their allotted 20 overs.

Chasing 100, India lost Shubman Gill for 11, top-edging Bracewell to Allen at deep square leg. The pair of Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tripathi added 29 runs for the second wicket before the former (19) was run out by Phillips while attempting a second run.

Sodhi then dismissed Rahul Tripathi (13) soon after, leaving the hosts in a spot of bother at 50/3.

Washington Sundar who came in at No 5 scored a 9 ball-10, before being run out in an unfortunate matter.

The pair of Suryakumar (26*) along with Hardik Pandya (15*) added an unbeaten 31 runs for the fifth wicket as the Men in Blue overhauled the target with one ball to spare.

With this victory, The hosts level the three match series 1-1. The third and the final T20 international will be played at Ahmedabad on February 1, Wednesday.

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