Match Over - New Zealand won by 40 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: New Zealand, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
  • Referee: BC Broad
  • When: 04 Nov 2017, 15:30 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: C Munro


  • Umpire1: CK Nandan
  • Umpire2: AK Chaudhary
  • Third Umpire: C Shamshuddin



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0




Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

New Zealand

That's all we have for you. Thanks for your company and goodnight

Colin Munro is the Man of the Match for his 109 not out: "Felt good tonight. Few chances went my way and that's T20 cricket. Taken a while, I was here in the A trip. Felt good with the bat but kept getting out. I love batting at the top of the order, getting the team off to a flyer with Guppy. The way I bat is the same every time, whether I'm chasing 200 or 120. Go out there, stay still and try and hit fours and sixes. I was talking with McMillan, and the times when I've premeditated is when I've been trying to do too much. So I've just got to stay still and react to the ball"

"I guess a contrasting performance from the last game. An improved performance on all sides, we need to keep doing this to beat India here and going on to the next game, we need to repeat this," Kane Williamson says. "Great partnership up top, and obviously Munners getting a hundred was fantastic. When a batsman gets that many runs,

the team will always get a big total. Guptill and Bruce gave good support and the bowlers did really well to defend it. Whenever you watch a player similar to you perform, you want to emulate them and our two spinners did really well, they consistently came in to bowl tough overs and they bowled very very well"

10.35 pm "I thought New Zealand were really good with the bat early on. We didn't take our chances, yes, but at once stage they were looking to get 235-240 and credit to Bumrah and Bhuvi to pull things back," Virat Kohli says "Eventually we weren't good enough with the bat. When you're chasing 200, all the batsmen need to chip in, or one batsman has to keeping going at a 200 strike-rate. Tried to do my best. MS was very good at the end. But we were left with a very difficult task. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don't get enough balls. We back our batsmen though. We back Hardik, and its just a little glitch. After 13-14 overs, it gripped a bit. But we have no excuses, we weren't good enough with the bat. There wasn't any kind of dew. The ball got scuffed up [to help it turn]."


10.25 pm They needed to win today. Then they needed a big total. Then they needed early wickets. And then they needed to hold their nerve. New Zealand ticked all the boxes today and have levelled the series 1-1. The margin - 40 runs - will please them as well. They were extremely off-colour in Delhi, but given a flat pitch in Rajkot, the man they wanted to generate strike-rate, Colin Munro was at one point set to take the record for the fastest T20I century by a New Zelander. Missed the mark by only a few balls.

Still, 196 did not seem a safe total. It only became so after Trent Boult knocked over two of India's gun batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the same over. The left-arm quick finished with four-for. Then came the middle overs, and a rampaging Virat Kohli.

He struck a blistering half-century and looked good for plenty more than 65. Among the reasons he was stifled was Ish Sodhi, who knocked over Hardik Pandya with a ripping googly right after Munro nabbed Shreyas Iyer. Quick wickets forced India's captain to rein himself back and that's not helpful in a chase where the required rate is over 10

The funny thing though was for most of the day, Kohli was batting with MS Dhoni, a batsman known for his power game. He finished with 49 off 37, but at one point he was barely going at a run-a-ball, which was exactly the point when India needed both ends to be firing. The spinners Mitchell Santner and Sodhi tied him down with a leg stump line and forced him to contort into all these awkward shapes. Is it just one bad day, or is Dhoni starting to feel out of depth now when the situation demands big shot after big shot?

"It's a pretty flat wicket, which was put on show by Munro. It's nice to get the boys across the line to give him a winning hundred. It started to turn later in the innings, the ball got scuffed up nicely," Ish Sodhi says. "Working on the legbreak and the googly a lot in the nets. And If I keep bowling them at the right times, I'll keep being effective. [You bowl the googly or legbreak better?] Sometimes it depends on the day, what comes out better out the hand, but it's all about practice. Getting across the board on this great wicker here was truly a plus"

Saransh Shukla: "Dhoni is a matchwinner in ODIs but in T20s it just doesn't seem to be clicking. Today he took momentum off the chase after the Iyer's wicket when Kohli was on song. VK just needed another player at the opposite end to play freely."

Ritvik: "196 is never an easy task on any wicket but what we expect is the better fight. The required run rate was above 14rpo from the 12th over itself. Dhoni doesn't fit in the t20 lineup anymore. Selectors need to find explosive batsmen in t20 to get more wins."

Peddi: "@naman.just look at how dhoni is hitting sixes and he is second highest score today.but the time when he came for batting, target is too high and cant reachable still he tried. Pant is still has to learn from domestic and get mature"

19.6TA Boult to B Kumar, 1 run, yorker on middle, Bhuvi pushes it to long-on and that's the game.
19.5TA Boult to JJ Bumrah, 1 run, slower ball in line with the stumps, Bumrah gets an inside edge to fine leg.
19.4TA Boult to JJ Bumrah, No run, full and outside off, Bumrah slices it to point.
19.3TA Boult to MS Dhoni, OUT, No run, the short ball gets too big on him - arrives too quickly as well - and the pull shot goes only as far as square leg. Finally something sticks for Santner. And Boult, after two of his worst performances ever, has four-for.
19.2TA Boult to MS Dhoni, No run, full and outside off, smears it to long-off and doesn't take the single. He's one shy of a fifty.
19.1TA Boult to MS Dhoni, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, into the stands behind midwicket. It's a length ball from around the wicket and Dhoni gets under it and heaves it into the crowd.
End of over 19. 15 runs this over. 147/6 after 113 balls.
MS Dhoni 42 (33b 2x4 2x6 ) AF Milne 4-0-29-0
B Kumar 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pallav anand: "There is a serious problem with the team management. Without the top 3 india cant win a single match either t20 or also when spinners were bowling axar should come ahead of pandya...india is playing way too Orthodox in t20 too...and luk at other teams... playing unorthodox cricket"

End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 132/6 after 108 balls.
MS Dhoni 28 (28b 0x4 2x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-26-3
B Kumar 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Naman: "What does Dhoni bring to the team that Pant can't? T20I arent long enough to devise elaborate strategies. And Kohli has been a captain long enough to think for himself. It is time Dhoni gives space to someone else in T20s"

End of over 17. 3 runs this over. 125/5 after 102 balls.
MS Dhoni 26 (26b 0x4 2x6 ) MJ Santner 4-0-31-1
AR Patel 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Only three off the Santner over leaving India needing 72 off 18

End of over 16. 10 runs this over. 122/4 after 96 balls.
MS Dhoni 24 (22b 0x4 2x6 ) IS Sodhi 4-0-25-1
V Kohli 65 (41b 8x4 1x6 ) more

India need 75 off 24

Vishnu Udayan: "Honestly speaking, this Indian T20I Batting line up ain't the best right now, and that is one of the reasons why we are ranked at No. 5. In tough chases like this, even with four down, there should be power hitting from both the sides which is not the case. Going with 5 bowlers is a good thing but Axar Patel has hardly proved himself has a batsman in his International career. Selectors really need to look beyond the ODI batting group for T20I. "

End of over 15. 6 runs this over. 112/4 after 90 balls.
V Kohli 63 (39b 8x4 1x6 ) AF Milne 3-0-14-0
MS Dhoni 16 (18b 0x4 1x6 ) more

India need 85 from 30 balls

End of over 14. 9 runs this over. 106/4 after 84 balls.
MS Dhoni 15 (15b 0x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 3-0-15-1
V Kohli 58 (36b 7x4 1x6 ) more

India need 91 off 36 balls. Milne and Boult will bowl 12 of those.

End of over 13. 10 runs this over. 97/4 after 78 balls.
MS Dhoni 8 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) C Munro 3-0-23-1
V Kohli 58 (36b 7x4 1x6 ) more

India need an even 100 off 42 balls

Pratik: "Desperately waiting for Kohli's maiden T20I century. Maiden? Sounds weired though."

End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 87/4 after 72 balls.
V Kohli 50 (32b 6x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 3-0-28-0
MS Dhoni 6 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Bhargav Sura: "I think this is a true litmus test for Dhoni to show his intent as a true senior player and bring his abilities front to rescue the Indian team. Not saying anything but now it is for him to decide whether he really wants to continue playing singles and not show true intent. I think it is about time he shows his true old Dhoni back. India needs Dhoni not just for guidance through the end of World Cup but as someone who can justify his reason for occupying a precious spot in the team"

End of over 11. 8 runs this over. 79/4 after 66 balls.
V Kohli 44 (28b 5x4 1x6 ) C Munro 2-0-13-1
MS Dhoni 4 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Saurabh: "This is totally Munaro's day! A hundred, a wicket and that too with a catch on his own bowling and luck favoring him today with India missing chances to get him out!"

Saad Parekh: "Got to say Sodhi is on the way to get a big IPL contract. "

End of over 10. 4 runs this over. 71/4 after 60 balls.
V Kohli 38 (25b 4x4 1x6 ) IS Sodhi 2-0-8-1
MS Dhoni 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pratik: "Never thought NZ will give such a thought fight against mighty Indians. Kudos to them, they have done what Australia, England couldn't."

End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 67/3 after 54 balls.
HH Pandya 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) C Munro 1-0-5-1
V Kohli 36 (22b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Siddhesh V: "Iyer went from 19 runs off 8 balls to score just 4 from his last 13. Out of those 13, it felt like atleast half were mindless heaves of balls where the strike could have been rotated. Inexperience showing."

Hardik Pandya is the new man in

End of over 8. 17 runs this over. 62/2 after 48 balls.
V Kohli 32 (19b 4x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 2-0-20-0
SS Iyer 23 (19b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 5 runs this over. 45/2 after 42 balls.
V Kohli 16 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) IS Sodhi 1-0-4-0
SS Iyer 22 (18b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Rohan: "Every Ind batsman, apart from Kohli to an extent, has the SAME problem: too many dot balls. No matter whether we are winning or losing, the number of dot balls and ratio of 4:6 is way too high. Scoring only 40 in powerplay is ludicrous really in a chase like this. "

End of over 6. 3 runs this over. 40/2 after 36 balls.
V Kohli 13 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 1-0-3-0
SS Iyer 21 (15b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Vangmay: "One thing that's gone unnoticed is the change in Adam Milne. He's bowling just 136-137, which is considerably slow considering he burst onto the scene for his 150+ bowling, but his economy is better than ever. Is the change worth it? "

End of over 5. 2 runs this over. 37/2 after 30 balls.
SS Iyer 20 (12b 4x4 0x6 ) AF Milne 2-0-8-0
V Kohli 11 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) more

vishal pawar: "As a regular follower of Ranji Trophy circuit and a passionate Mumbai fan, I feel it took eternity for a talent like Shreyas Iyyer to get into Indian national, but alas he did. Good luck chap, show some khadoos batting."

Nabyendu Mandal: "that boundary off Boult was Kohli's 200th in T20s"

End of over 4. 14 runs this over. 35/2 after 24 balls.
V Kohli 10 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 2-0-19-2
SS Iyer 19 (8b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 10 runs this over. 21/2 after 18 balls.
SS Iyer 14 (6b 3x4 0x6 ) C de Grandhomme 1-0-10-0
V Kohli 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 11/2 after 12 balls.
RG Sharma 5 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 1-0-5-2
SS Iyer 5 (2b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Shreyas Iyer promoted to No. 3, ahead of Virat Kohli

End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/0 after 6 balls.
S Dhawan 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) AF Milne 1-0-6-0
RG Sharma 5 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) more
RG SharmaC GD Phillips B TA Boult561083.33
S DhawanB TA Boult140025
SS IyerC C Munro B C Munro232140109.52
V KohliC GD Phillips B MJ Santner654281154.76
HH PandyaB IS Sodhi120050
MS DhoniC MJ Santner B TA Boult493723132.43
AR PatelC KS Williamson B TA Boult5310166.67
B Kumarnot out 230066.67
JJ Bumrahnot out 120050
Mohammed Siraj -
YS Chahal -
Total 156/7
AF Milne4.003007.5
TA Boult4.003448.5
C de Grandhomme1.0010010
MJ Santner4.003117.75
IS Sodhi4.002516.25
C Munro3.002317.67