February 8, 2019 UPDATED: February 8, 2019 15:02 IST India won the second T20I against New Zealand by 7 wicket to level the 3-match series (@BCCI Photo) HIGHLIGHTS Rohit Sharma led from the front with a 29-ball 50 as India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in Auckland The 3-match T20I series is now level 1-1 after India successfully chased down 159 Krunal Pandya was named man-of-the-match after his 3-wicket haul
Brief Score - India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1. Rohit (50), Pant (40*), Dhawan (30) ( SCORECARD )
Rohit Sharma was a pleased man after a clinical performance helped India crush New Zealand by 7 wickets in the 2nd T20 International in Auckland. This was India's first ever T20I victory in New Zealand and only their third against the Black Caps. Rohit led from the front with a rapid half-century while Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 40.
Rohit was a pleased man after India's historic win and praised Team India and the player's response after the loss in the first game.
"Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes. It's important to understand the mistakes that we made - it's been a long tour for everyone," Rohit Sharma said at the post-match presentation.
"So we didn't want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind. It's going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they're still a quality side," Rohit added.
Rohit Sharma became the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals when he overtook Martin Guptill. He eventually fell for a 29-ball 50 but not before he had paved the way for a crushing Indian victory . Rohit is now the 1st Indian batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20 Internationals.
Rohit loves leading from the front but he would have been disappointed with the defeat in Wellington. India are experimenting in the T20I series but the poor all-round performance hurt the team. On Friday, the Indian bowlers were on fire as Krunal Pandya led the charge with 3 for 28 off 4 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed bowled beautifully giving away only 55 runs off 8 overs between them - they also combined to pick three wickets.
Rohit and the rest of the Indian team management would be especially pleased with the way Rishabh Pant finished the game. He had played a poor shot in the first match but on Friday, he was more watchful to begin with before he started playing those aggressive shots.
Pant was unbeaten on 40 off 28 balls as India cruised to victory. MS Dhoni was unbeaten on 19 off 17 balls but more importantly, he guided Pant masterfully after Rohit Sharma had laid the foundation with his 16th half-century.