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INDIA V NEW ZEALAND T20S

Kiwi destroys India with record ton

05 November 2017
MATCH REPORT

Colin Munro becomes just the fourth man to score two T20 international centuries as New Zealand level series 1-1

India v New Zealand T20s, Second T20

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A stunning effort with the bat from Kiwi allrounder Colin Munro has helped New Zealand thump India by 40 runs in the second of three Twenty-20 internationals.

Munro was in imperious form for the Black Caps in Rajkot, opening the order and smashing an unbeaten 109 from 58 deliveries to help his side secure a total of 2-196.

He reached his century in just 54 deliveries, the second-fastest to be scored on Indian soil.

It was the left-hander's second T20 international century, joining countryman Brendon McCullum and West Indies pair Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis as the only four men achieve the feat.

India could only respond with 7-156 in their 20 overs, with speedster Trent Boult getting impressive figures of 4-34.

The third and deciding T20 - after India's first-up win in New Delhi on Wednesday - is on Tuesday (local time) at Thiruvananthapuram.

On a very flat pitch, Munro put on 105 runs for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill, the pair reaching their 100-run stand in just 66 balls.

He also made the most of two reprieves, on 45 and 79, and his seven sixes and seven fours in his innings

"Few chances went my way, but that's T20 cricket, you need luck in your way," he said.

"I love batting at the top of the order, getting the team off to a flyer with Guppy (Guptill).

"The way I bat is the same every time, whether I'm chasing 200 or 120. Go out there, stay still and try and hit fours and sixes."


India debutant Mohammed Siraj proved expensive with his 1-53, but his side's respectable death bowling didn't allow the Black Caps past 200.

In reply, Boult struck two major blows after a floodlight malfunction delayed India for 10 minutes, nabbing Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma early.

Skipper Virat Kohli eventually hit 65 and MS Dhoni earned 49. However, the pair's efforts were in vain as the Black Caps easily triumphed.


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