Lokesh Rahul half-century helps India go 2-0 up in the T20I series

Opener Lokesh Rahul and Left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja delivered splendid performances to help India register a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the 2nd T20I game played at Eden Park in Auckland. With this result, India have taken 2-0 lead in the five-match T20I series.

The day started with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opt to bat first. Openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro got the side off to a good start. The duo added 48 runs in the first six overs. Guptill perished after scoring 33 runs off 20 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Medium-pacer Shivam Dube came into the attack and dismissed Munro to see New Zealand lose their second wicket with 68 runs on the board.

Left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja put in an excellent spell of the bowling in the middle-overs and dismissed captain Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme to see New Zealand reduced to 81 for 4 after 12.3 overs.

Ross Taylor and wicket-keeper Tim Siefert put on a 44-run partnership to see New Zealand post 132 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Tim Siefert put in a credible batting performance and scored 33 runs off 26 balls with the help of one fours and two sixes.

For India, spinner Ravendra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2 for 18 in his four overs. Shardul Thakur, Jaspreet Bumrah and Shivam Dube kept the pressure on the opposition batsmen and claimed one wicket each.

Ravendra Jadeja and Lokesh Rahul put in a splendid performances to help India beat New Zealand in the 2nd T20I game played at Auckland.

In reply, Rohit Sharma started the innings with two consecutive boundaries. Pacer Tim Southee had the last laugh as he dismissed Sharma in the opening game of the innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli came together and put on a 31-run partnership to rebuild the innings. Southee dismissed Indian Captain Virat Kohli in the fifth over of the innings.

Shreyas Iyer came to the crease with India placed in a precarious position at 39 for 2 after 5.2 overs. Iyer put on an 86-run partnership with Rahul to steer India cruise to a comfortable victory.

Lokesh Rahul once again was the star performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 57 runs off 50 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Shreyas Iyer, who chipped in with 44 not out off 33 balls with the help of one four and three sixes.

For New Zealand, premier pacer Tim Southee was standout bowler and claimed two wickets in the game.

For his splendid half-century, Lokesh Rahul was named player of the match. The third game of the T20I series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on January 29th.

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