India beat Kiwi team by 6 wickets in second T20
Uproar over Lucknow’s pitch
New Delhi. India’s T20 team captain Hardik Pandya has given a big statement regarding the Lucknow wicket. The second T20 match of the 3-match series between the teams of India and New Zealand (IND vs NZ) was played at Ekana Stadium. On this wicket, the batsmen of both the teams were seen battling for one run. Host team India had to wait till the last over to score 100 runs. The Indian team was successful in registering a victory by 6 wickets with one ball remaining. After the match, Hardik Pandya questioned the pitch and called it a shocking wicket.
Batting first, New Zealand scored 99 runs for 8 wickets. In response, the Indian team got the victory with 1 ball remaining. With this win, Team India equalized 1-1 in the series. Not a single six was hit in this match in favor of the bowlers. No batter from any team failed to hit a six in 239 balls.
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‘I don’t mind playing on a difficult wicket’
Hardik Pandya said, ‘I was confident that we would be able to finish the match. But it’s too late. All matches are important at this time. You didn’t need to panic here. Instead of taking pressure here, it was important to rotate the strike. That’s exactly what we did. We focused on our basics. To be honest, this wicket was shocking. I have no problem with a difficult wicket and I am fully prepared for it but both the wickets were not T20 worthy.
The deciding T20 will be played on Wednesday
No batter could touch the figure of 20 from the Kiwi team, while Suryakumar Yadav scored an unbeaten 26 from India. The third and deciding T20 match of the series will be played on Wednesday (February 1) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India’s Under-19 women’s cricket team has also been invited to watch this match, who have recently achieved the status of becoming world champions in South Africa.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 30, 2023, 12:54 IST