Team India bounced back in style after the defeat in the first T20I at Wellington with a 7 wicket win in the second T20I at Auckland to level the three match series 1-1. After a tremendous effort by the bowlers to restrict the hosts to a below par total, the batsmen came to the party and made little mistakes as the men in blue wrapped up the game fairly comfortably in the end.
It was a steller show from the Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, who put on a 79 run stand for the first wicket to get India off to a flying start in a 159 run-chase. The defining partnership for the visitors was the unbeaten 44 run stand between MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant for the fourth wicket to steer them to victory comfortably with seven balls to spare. Pant finished with an unbeaten 40 off 28 balls ably supported by Dhoni who remained unbeaten on 20 off 17 balls at the other end.
At one point during the run chase, MS Dhoni was spotted guiding the 21 year old in between the overs. Pant, who was criticized for his reckless shot selection in the first T20I, seemed to have taken a lesson or two from his senior mate during the crunch run chase. The 21 year old played much more sensibly, avoiding the high risk shots and only going after balls that were there to be hit. Cricket experts and fans, however, were delighted to see the 37 year old handing over his wealth of experience to his future successor.
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