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Suryakumar takes India across finish line in nervy win

January 29, 2023 23:29 IST

Suryakumar Yadav scored 26 not out to help India to victory in Lucknow on Sunday

IMAGE: Suryakumar Yadav scored 26 not out to help India to victory in Lucknow on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

India's batting lacked fluency but a strong performance from their bowlers in the second Twenty20 international against New Zealand set up a six-wicket win in a low-scoring thriller in Lucknow on Sunday to level the series at 1-1.


Following a top-order wobble, captain Hardik Pandya (15 not out) and Suryakumar Yadav (26 not out) combined for a crucial 31-run partnership as they helped the hosts reach 101-4 on the penultimate ball, chasing New Zealand's 99-8.

Spinners Ish Sodhi and Michael Bracewell picked up a wicket apiece, while Indian batters Ishan Kishan and Washington Sundar were both run out.

Kuldeep Yadav celebrates dismissing Daryl Mitchell 

IMAGE: Kuldeep Yadav celebrates dismissing Daryl Mitchell. Photograph: BCCI

New Zealand had posted a strong total of 176 in the first game on Friday, but were unable to repeat that on a pitch that offered plenty of turn, and India's bowlers put them under pressure throughout the innings.

Five Indian bowlers picked up a wicket before Arshdeep Singh dismissed Sodhi and Lockie Ferguson.

The third and final T20I of the series will take place in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

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