Munro slams century as New Zealand level series 1-1

Violet Tucker
November 5, 2017

The Indian openers who notched up a match-winning partnership of 158 runs in the previous game failed to click today at Rajkot. "It's about watching the ball, stay still and try and hit every ball for four or six", Munro said.

His riveting knock of 109 off 58 deliveries was made even more special by the fact that he remained not out through the innings.

A second T20I century for Colin Munro, coming off just 54 balls. He became only the third batsman to hit two T20i centuries. He subsequently impressed in India A's tour of South Africa. "We were just not good enough on the day", said Kohli. "The ball got scuffed up [to help it turn]". Total: (for 2 wckts, in 20 overs) 196. Videos showed that Siraj got emotional towards the end of the national anthem and was rubbing his eyes.

Siraj had been handed his maiden India cap following impressive showings in the Ranji Trophy, IPL and with India A.

And it proved to be so as Kohli stepped out to Santner for a mighty heave and edged to the New Zealand keeper and India's task became even more hard at 123 for 5 with 21 balls remaining.

Talking about the Indian playing XI, the Men in Blue have decided to make just one change.

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

For India, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah who put a halt on New Zealand's run flow in Rajkot.

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips (w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.

Munro struck Axar Patel for two sixes in successive balls to reach his 50 in 26 balls, besides raising the 100 of the innings in the 11th over before Chahal broke the first wicket stand by having Guptill caught at long off.

Siraj was at the receiving end of a lot of punishment from the Kiwi batsmen during his first match at the global level.

Overall, 75 runs were collected from the seven overs bowled between the pair, in stark contrast to the Kiwi spinners who bowled with much more control and potency.

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