The Indian cricket team registered a resounding victory in the second match of the three-match T20 series against New Zealand. After Suryakumar Yadav’s brilliant century innings, the amazing bowling of Deepak Hooda battered the host team. Batting first, India scored 191 runs for 6 wickets. Suryakumar scored a blistering century for the second time in T20. In response, the New Zealand team was able to score only 126 runs in 18.5 overs. India took a 1-0 lead in the series with a 65-run win.
Chasing the target of 192 runs against India, New Zealand batters could not bat with any momentum that is required for a chase of 192 target . Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave the first blow to the team in the form of Finn Allen in the very first over caught at third man . Star Devon Conway (25) who was looking good was dismissed by Washington Sundar. Deepak Hooda took four wickets in the match and completely overturned the victory of the Kiwi team. Hooda took 4 wickets for just 10 runs in 2.5 overs and 3 in his final over . At one point he was on a hat-trick but missed. He got the wicket of Ish Sodhi on the second ball of the 19th over of the innings. After this, Tim Southee got out on the third ball and Adam Milne on the fifth ball. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 61 off 52 balls but it did not make any difference to the match as none of the other batters could build any partnership or got any kind of momentum as the Indian bowlers dominated full time in a one sided contest .
Earlier India opened with two left handers Ishan Kishan & Rishabh Pant . While Kishan batted impressively , Pant (6) failed again in a T20I . The batting momentum totally changed when Suryakumar Yadav came out at number 3 . After initially taking some time in damp conditions with balls swinging, Surya got into his act and started playing his customary dazzling shots even as Ishan Kishan (36) got out after getting set . The second half of the innings was totally dominated by Surya as he unleashed several astonishing shots hardly seen before in this format as the ball was racing away to all parts of the ground . The Kiwi attack was totally decimated by Surya’s singlehanded onslaught as the other Indian batters , Shreyas Iyer (13) and Hardik ( 13) were mere passengers at the non strikers end .
Surya reached his half-century by hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes in 32 balls. From here this batsman changed his gear and it was not known when the century was scored. Surya scored a century by hitting 5 fours and 4 sixes in the next 17 balls. Playing a total of 49 balls, scoring 11 fours and 7 sixes, scored his second century in T20 International. Surya finally scored a stunning 111 notout off just 51 balls to grab the man of the match award
This match was also memorable for New Zealand’s Tim South, he took a hat-trick in the last over against India. Captain Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar were his wickets in the last three balls of the 20th over and equaled former Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga by taking hat-trick for the second time in T20 International.