How captain Virat Kohli prepped for 29th happy birthday with brilliant fifty

How captain Virat Kohli prepped for 29th happy birthday with brilliant fifty

How captain Virat Kohli prepped for 29th happy birthday with brilliant fifty

India are poised for their third T20 global series triumph but would be wary of a strong fightback from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game in Rajkot today.

The 30-year-old opening batsman had to take a backseat as partner Martin Guptill went about attacking the Indian bowling attack in the initial overs.

Makeshift opener Colin Munro smashed a blistering 109 off just 58 balls as the Blackcaps amassed an impressive 196 off their allotted 20 overs.

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In the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand, he scored his 31st and 32nd century, thus surpassing Ricky Ponting's tally and moving to 2nd on the all-time list of most number of ODI centuries. Munro was in such a murderous mood that he completed his second T20I century off just 54 balls (6x4, 7x6).

Chasing a 197-run target, India lost both the openers inside the second over. M.S. (Dhoni) was very good at the end.

In reply, only skipper Virat Kohli looked in good touch with 65 off 42 balls as India were restricted to 156 for 7. MS Dhoni struck some boundaries to get his score to 49 runs but, by then the game was already over. "I'm looking to bowl the way I did in the IPL, because you don't get much turn; it's skiddy and there's not much bounce", Akshar said before the match.

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