New Zealand won the toss in the 2nd T20 and elected to bat first at a batsman paradise wicket in Auckland. Unlike the last match, Tim Seifert was dismissed cheaply by Bhuvneshwar Kumar on 12 off 12 balls. Colin Munro and skipper Kane Williamson then took the innings forward and played some delightful shots to turn the pressure on the Indian bowlers.
Munro failed to play some big shots and was dismissed by Krunal Pandya as New Zealand were 41-2 at one stage.
A huge blunder by the third umpire
Daryl Mitchell arrived to the crease next and was hopeful of exploiting the short boundaries of the stadium. However, a terrible blunder by the third umpire meant that he was dismissed for 1 run.
In the last ball of 5th over, bowled by Krunal Pandya, Kiwi batsman Daryl Mitchell was adjudged leg before wicket on a ball which clearly hit the inner edge of his bat. Mitchell immediately challenged the decision of off-field umpires and took a referral.
The big screen showed that the ball hit the bat and not the pad in the hotspot but he was still given out as there were three reds on the hawk-eye meter and the decision was retained.
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The huge blunder caused backlash on social media for doing a huge mistake despite technology playing its part.
Voice of cricket- Harsha Bhogle tweeted that the third umpire must have used snickometer over hotspot.
New Zealand finished their innings on 158/8 in their quota of 20 overs, thanks to the heroics of Colin De Ghandhomme who scored 50 off just 28 deliveries.