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India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20 Rajkot: NZ win by 40 runs, level series

New Zealand, riding high on a brilliant 109* from Colin Munro, beat India by 40 runs in the second T20I to level the three-match series 1-1 in Rajkot. Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted 196/2 and staged a brilliant performance with the ball to outplay the hosts in the crucial contest. Chasing the big total, India lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma early. Virat Kohili, with a fluent fifty, kept the hosts in the game but he didn’t get enough support from the other end. After Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya’s departure, Kohli tried to put the chase back on track with MS Dhoni but the asking rate kept rising with every dot ball, mishit Dhoni had in the middle. In the end, the hosts fell short of the target by 40 runs