India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I (N), Ranchi, Nov 19 2021, New Zealand tour of India
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Match Result: India won by 7 wickets
Player of the Match: Harshal Patel
Match Report: The story at Ranchi was much like that at Jaipur. Kiwis began their batting brilliantly, were doing great at the halfway stage, looked set to reach the target of 170-180. And then, they didn’t finish well. Jimmy Neesham scored just 3 runs at the cost of 12 balls. That’s 2 overs right there at the later half of the innings. Other middle order batsmen didn’t look good too.
India began their chase brilliantly. Once again. Pretty much like Jaipur. This time, Rohit also crossed the 50 runs mark. New Zealand bowlers began to find their mojo at the later stage. Alas, it was too late. Once again, it was Rishabh Pant who hit the finishing runs. This time a Six, his trademark one-handed shot.
Rahul about batting with Rohit: We (Rohit & I) both enjoy batting with each other, I always admired Rohit’s batting. He is a class batsman and shown the world that over the years so I really enjoy batting with him and we really try to take the pressure off each other and if there is a bowler that I can’t get away then without even me having to say it to him he takes down that bowler, so my job becomes a bit easier and we found a way to get runs at the top of the order and we want to keep doing what we have been doing and keep giving India a solid foundation and a solid start.
Rohit Sharma | Winning captain: Great effort from the entire unit. Wasn’t the easiest of conditions but the way we applied ourselves was amazing. We know their quality of batting, they played some good shots to start with. But I kept telling the boys that it is all about one wicket. But we showed great application and temperament to restrict them. The quality of the bench has been amazing. They have been performing consistently whenever they get the chance. It is important for me to give them the freedom.
The external matters will take care of themselves. It is a young team and the guys haven’t played a lot of games. It is important that the guys get time in the middle. It is early to think about changes in the next game. Whatever suits team India, we’ll do that. We need to make sure we look after the guys who are playing now. They haven’t played a lot either. For the guys who haven’t played, their time will come, there are a lot of T20s.
Tim Southee | Losing skipper: Credit to India, they pulled it back nicely after the first six overs. They played better cricket and didn’t give us a chance with the bat as well. It was wet for both teams and it was only slightly more in the second innings. We knew dew would be a factor, but India were too good on this day. We will now go to a new venue, a quick turnaround, and we’ll assess when we get to Kolkata.
Rahul about how Indian openers approach a chase: “We always give ourselves a couple of overs to see what the pitch is doing and then try and assess what are the shots we can play and who are the bowlers we can target and at rate we need to go at. Just try and enjoy our batting and when we get a start like that there comes a time when both of us decide that both of us have to take down whoever is bowling and that’s exactly what Rohit did and we try and build from him.
We try and see what works best for us as a batting unit, we want to take more chances in the middle if we have wickets in hand and we want to trust our middle-order. We have a lot of exciting young players in the middle-order, Surya showed us the last game, and we know what Rishabh can do, Shreyas is in the batting line-up, Venkatesh Iyer playing his first series and for us as openers it’s important to assess the first couple of overs and set up a good foundation for others.”
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