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INDvNZ: Surya shines bright, again, and again!

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We finally saw some cricket, and we saw Surya Dada was back doing what he’s been doing for fun. The Indian bowlers then had a satisfying outing too, as New Zealand were bundled out for 126, facing a 65-run defeat in the process.

Ishan Kishan returns to T20I side with a brisk innings

Opener Ishan Kishan played his first game in the shortest format since India’s tour of West Indies earlier this year. Nonetheless, the Mumbai Indians batter was far from rusty and gave the Men in Blue a good start with his 31-ball 36. Having survived a close LBW call off Ish Sodhi in the eighth over, Kishan played some impressive shots in an innings which featured five fours and one six.

The Surya Mantra: Eat. Sleep. Score Big. Repeat!

If toying with bowlers is an art, then SKY is the Picasso of it! Oh he was on song, notching up his second T20I ton of his career. It was a similar scenario this time out as well. Along with his usual out-of-the-box hits, it was an exhibition of some classic inside-out shots which left the fans in awe and the hosts’ bowlers reeling. Surya scored 111* off 51 balls in an innings which consisted of 11 fours and seven maximums.

… And out of nowhere, Tim Southee gets a hat-trick

New Zealand pacer Tim Southee was the lone star in what was a mediocre bowling performance by the hosts. He did not get much success in the first three overs of his quota but made up for the leaked runs with an outstanding hat-trick in the final over, hunting down captain Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar. More importantly, he kept SKY off strike.

Interestingly, he became only the second player to take two hat-tricks in T20 Internationals, with former MI seamer Lasith Malinga being the first to achieve the feat.

Washington’s ‘Sundar’ delivery gives the breakthrough

The Hardik Pandya-led side started the second innings on a positive note as Finn Allen departed for a duck off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s second ball of the opening over. Thereafter, Williamson joined Conway in the middle and the two were looking dangerous with some good display of intent.

However, Sundar came back strongly in his second over to break the lethal-looking 56-run partnership with Devon Conway’s wicket, who failed to get the timing right on a full delivery and planted a catch into Arshdeep Singh’s hands.

Deepak lights up the Bay Oval!

With four wickets and his best display with the ball in T20Is, Deepak Hooda made up for his batting failure. Skipper Kane Williamson scored a fifty, but he couldn’t get going either, and none of the batters troubled the Indian bowlers as they continued to take wickets at regular intervals.

Brief scores: India 191/6 (Suryakumar Yadav 111*, Tim Southee 3/34) beat New Zealand 126/10 (Kane Williamson 61, Deepak Hooda 4/10) by 65 runs.