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04-Nov-2017 17:17:00 GMT
India v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Rajkot

Munro 109* star as New Zealand set up series decider

Rajkot: After Munro scores unbeaten 109, Boult and Sodhi restricted India to 156 to level T20I series 1-1 in Rajkot on Saturday.

Chasing 197-run target, India were restricted to 156/7 in 20 overs by discipline New Zealand bowlers. Boult led the attack with excellent figures of 4-34, with Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne and Ish Sodhi taking a wicket each.

Boult gave New Zealand a perfect start by removing both India openers, Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Rohit Sharma (5), cheaply in the second over of the hosts' innings. India were 11/2 in 2 overs when Virat Kohli joined Shreyas Iyer in the middle.

Kohli and Iyer stabalised the chase with 54 runs stand, before centurion Munro got better of Iyer (23) in the ninth over.

The only substantial partnership after that was between Kohli and MS Dhoni as they put on 56 runs for the fifth wicket.

But Kohli's wicket in the 17th over vertually ended India's hopes in the match. India skipper scored 65 off 42 balls which included a six and eight fours.

While, Dhoni was the last wicket to fall for India when he became fourth victim of Boult in the final over.

Dhoni missed to score his second fifty of T20I career as he got out for 49 which came off 37 balls with the help of three sixes and two fours.

Brief scores:
New Zealand 196 for 2 (Munro 109*, Guptill 45) beat India 156 for 7 (Kohli 65, Dhoni 49, Boult 4-34) by 40 runs

Earlier, opener Munro hit a blazing century to power New Zealand to post 196 for two.

Munro, who hit an unbeaten 58-ball 109, put on 105 runs for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill (45), to lay a solid foundation after the Kiwis elected to bat first.

Guptill hit Yuzvendra Chahal for two sixes and a four in the leg-spinner's first over to make his intent clear at the batting-friendly Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Chahal finally got his revenge after denying Guptill, who smashed 3 fours and 3 sixes in his 41-ball knock, a fifty but the damage had already been done.

Munro made the most of his two reprieves, on 45 and 79, to register his second T20 ton -- in just 54 balls -- and pulverise the Indian bowling attack.

Debutant paceman Mohammed Siraj gave away 53 runs in four overs but got his maiden international wicket in skipper Kane Williamson for 12.

The left-handed Munro, who hit 7 fours and 7 sixes, and Tom Bruce, who scored 18, signed off with a 56-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket.

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