Twitter reactions on India’s win in 2nd T20I: Twitter was elated at watching the Indian team making a comeback in the series.
During the second T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand at Auckland, India defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets to level the series 1-1. After losing the first T20I by a whopping 80 runs, India needed to win this match to stay alive in the three-match series.
India sealed a 159-run chase in the penultimate over of the match without much discomfort. It was a 79-run opening partnership between captain Rohit Sharma and his partner Shikhar Dhawan (30) which provided an apt start to the Indian chase.
On the way to his 16th T20I half-century, Sharma also became the highest run-scorer in the format. The right-hand batsman ended up scoring 50 (29) with the help of three fours and four sixes. Other than him, Rishabh Pant made full opportunity of his promotion at No. 3 by scoring 40* (28) with the help of four fours and a six.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 20 (17) till the end.
After New Zealand captain won the toss and chose to bat, Indian bowlers corrected their mistakes from the last match as they restricted the hosts to 158-8 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who came in to bat at No. 6, top-scored for his team scoring his maiden T20I half-century, 50 (28), with the help ff one four and four sixes.
With bowling figures of 4-0-28-3, India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was the pick of the Indian bowlers. Other than him, Khaleel Ahmed picked up a couple of wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya dismissed a batsman each.
The Indian victory invited several congratulatory reactions on social media platform Twitter. Read some of them below:
Same teams, same set of players, completely different result. Underlines the great importance of taking wickets early. #NZvIND
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 8, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2019
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 8, 2019
Most wins as captain after 14 T20Is:
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) February 8, 2019
Rishbah Pant drives one straight down the ground and India take the win by seven wickets to square the series up 1-1. All eyes on Seddon Park on Sunday for the decider! 👀👀
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 8, 2019
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) February 8, 2019
pant finishing this in a rush. think he has a babysitting gig to get to #NZvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 8, 2019
Leading run-getters in
Tests: Sachin Tendulkar 🇮🇳- 15921
ODIs: Sachin Tendulkar 🇮🇳 – 18426
T20Is: Rohit Sharma 🇮🇳- 2276* – today @ Auckland#NZvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 8, 2019
He’s steering India home in this chase!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 8, 2019
It’s in India or in Overseas
It’s in Australia or in New Zealand
It’s in Melbourne or in Auckland
Craze for #MSDhoni remain always same
I LOVE DHONI
WE LOVE DHONI
INDIA LOVE DHONI
WORLD LOVE DHONI
— Msd’s Pradip (@PradipMsd7) February 8, 2019
Big Gloves, Bigger Hits 🏏🔥🔥
Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni take India home, beat 🇳🇿 by 7 wickets 🙌
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 8, 2019
That’s all from Auckland! #TeamIndia beat New Zealand by 7 wickets to level the series and set up a thrilling decider at Hamilton.
🇳🇿 – 158/8 (20.0 Ovs)
🇮🇳 – 162/3 (18.5 Ovs)#NZvIND
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) February 8, 2019
No roof here, but it would have come down… some noise from the crowd as MS Dhoni walks in. #NZvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) February 8, 2019
— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) February 8, 2019