Munro slams century as New Zealand level series 1-1

Munro slams century as New Zealand level series 1-1

Munro slams century as New Zealand level series 1-1

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson is delighted with the result. He becomes just the fourth player to hit two T20I 100s. The match is scheduled to start at 7 pm IST. However, New Zealand have the ability to bounce back and they will take the cue from the fact that their head-to-head record against India still reads impressive at 5-1. Fellow opener Martin Guptill gave him good support from the other end with a well made 45 as the duo put together an opening stand of 105 runs in 67 balls. It started to spin in the second innings, the ball got scruffed up and started helping the bowlers.

Fast bowler Trent Boult was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of 4/33.

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On the back of Munro's extraordinary endeavour, New Zealand posted a formidable total to level the three match series 1-1 and hope for a win in the first Twenty20 to be played at a new venue in Thiruvananthapuram next Tuesday.

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Given the new ball responsibility by Kohli, the 23-year-old pacer was given the coldest of welcomes to global cricket by Martin Guptill who took two boundaries off his very first over. He copped even more punishment in his second over with Munro smashing a couple of sixes.

The Hyderabad-born pacer ultimately did get his maiden worldwide wicket in the form of Williamson but ultimately finished with figures of 1-53 off his four overs.

Thanks to some excellent bowling from Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah, who evoked circumspection from the likes of Guptill and Munro, India was able to keep the New Zealand total under 200. "The ball got scuffed up", he added. "There's going to be a lot of fours and sixes" - Sunil Gavaskar.

While Chahal improved as the game wore on, Patel only got worse and so expensive had been India's spinners that Kohli elected not to bowl them out. The bowler was taken for 16 runs in the eighth over of the innings.

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