2nd T20I: Bowlers, KL Rahul guide India to 7-wicket win over New Zealand

India restricted New Zealand to a score of 132 for five in their stipulated 20 overs after being asked to bowl first.

2nd T20I: Bowlers, KL Rahul guide India to 7-wicket win over New Zealand
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After India showcased impressive performance with the bowl, opener KL Rahul notched up an unbeaten half-century to guide India to a comfortable seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Twenty20I of the five-match series at Eden Gardens in Auckland on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 133 runs to win, India lost opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli cheaply for eight and 11 runs, respectively. 

Subsequently, Rohit's opening partner KL Rahul not only pulled back his 11th T20I fifty but also stitched a crucial partnership of 86 runs with Shreyas Iyer (44) for the third wicket to help the Men in Blue cross the mark with 15 balls to spare.

Rahul eventually finished the innings with 57 runs off 50 balls while Shivam Dube remained not out eight off four deliveries. 

For New Zealand, Tim Southee bagged two wickets while conceding just 20 runs. Ish Sodhi also contributed with a wicket. 

Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja bagged two wickets while Shivam Dube, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur all chipped in with a wicket each as India restricted New Zealand to a score of 132 for five in their stipulated 20 overs after being asked to bowl first.

Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert were the highest scorers for the home side with 33 runs each.

Rahul was declared 'Man of the Match' for his decent performance with the bat. 

With the win, India--who won the opening T20I against New Zealand by six wickets--have now taken a 2-0 lead in the series. The two sides will next lock horns in the third T20I on Wednesday.