The New Zealand hitters faced a spin test in the second T20I against India at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. The New Zealand hitters struggled against the Indian spinners, with Kuldeep Yadav’s ripper to clean out Daryl Mitchell being the highlight of the innings.
Mitchell Santner’s team batted first in the pivotal second T20I, with a historic series triumph on the line. However, it was the hosts who struck first, with Finn Allen dismissing the arriving Yuzvendra Chahal in the fourth over. Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips quickly followed suit as the Indian spinners dominated the visitors.
How about that for a ball! 👍 👍@imkuldeep18 bowled an absolute beaut to dismiss Daryl Mitchell 👏 👏 #TeamIndia | #INDvNZ | @mastercardindia
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— BCCI (@BCCI) January 29, 2023
New Zealand was looking to respond via the seasoned Daryl Mitchell, who had a match-defining innings in the last match. The dangerous New Zealand hitter, though, had no answers for Kuldeep Yadav’s command of the ball. On the penultimate delivery of the tenth over, he was beaten all ends up by the Indian spinner, as the ball spun swiftly and rattled his off stump. The Indian bowlers never gave the Blackcaps a break, with captain Hardik Pandya holding back his new ball bowlers till the last over of the first innings. The Indian spinners bowled 13 overs in total, allowing just 55 runs and sharing four wickets. Because of their bowling efforts, the visitors were only able to score 99 runs in their 20 overs.