New Zealand vs India 2nd T20: Rohit becomes leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals as India level series

Rohit Sharma 50 New Zealand India 2nd T20 Auckland cricket

Rohit Sharma became the leading run-scorer in Twenty20 Internationals

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India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma struck a 29-ball 50 to not only lead his side to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International in Auckland, but also become the leading run-scorer in the format.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a poor start as opener Tim Seifert was caught behind off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 12 runs.

Colin Munro, who opened the batting with Seifert, also scored 12 runs before he was caught by Rohit at cover off the bowling of Krunal Pandya.

Daryl Mitchell and captain Kane Williamson fell shortly after, but Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor stabilised the innings with a 77-run partnership, during which De Grandhomme brought up his fifty.

De Grandhomme was unable to add to his half-century though as he was dismissed by Hardik Pandya for a career-best 50, which came off 28 balls and included a boundary and four sixes.

Taylor went on to score a 36-ball 42, which included three boundaries, before he was run out by Vijay Shankar.

Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee were both removed in quick succession, but thanks to De Grandhomme and Taylor, New Zealand finished on 158/8.

Krunal was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Khaleel Ahmed snapped up two, and Hardik and Kumar chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 159 to win, India got off to an excellent start as Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan forged a 79-run stand, during which Rohit registered his half-century, before he was dismissed by Ish Sodhi for a 29-ball 50, which included three boundaries and four sixes.

Dhawan ended up making 30 before he was caught by De Grandhomme at point off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson.

Shankar fell after scoring 14, but Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni finished things off with an unbeaten 44-run partnership.

Pant concluded the match on 40, which came off 28 balls and included four boundaries and a six, while Dhoni remained undefeated on 20, which came off 17 deliveries and included a boundary.

Ferguson, Sodhi and Mitchell claimed one wicket each.

Krunal was named Man of the Match.

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