How captain Virat Kohli prepped for 29th happy birthday with brilliant fifty

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NZ opener Colin Munro, in particular, batted majestically and was unconquered on a truly regal 109 (58 balls, 7x4, 7x6). After the match Kohli blamed India's Poor Batting for the loss.

India crumbled in the chase of 197 runs as New Zealand clinched a victory to keep the series alive. "But we were left with a very hard task", he said. MS was very good at the end.

The left-arm pacer castled Dhawan's middle-stump with an in-swinging delivery with only his second ball and then got the prize wicket of Sharma with the final delivery of the over. India drafted in the debutant Mohammad Siraj in the place of Ashish Nehra who retired from worldwide cricket after the previous game.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected bat in the second T20 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday.

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Siraj was taken out of the attack and brought back after the Power Play but had to contend with a well set Munro who tonked two huge sixes in his second over. It poured fours and sixes nearly at will and soon it was not a question of how to get rid of them, but how to stop the flow of runs as no bowler was making any impact.

India's Shikhar Dhawan is clean bowled. Fellow opener Martin Guptill gave him good support from the other end with a well made 45 as the duo put together an opening stand of 105 runs in 67 balls.

To go with that, Kohli boasts of the highest average (54.06) among all the players who have scored more than 1,000 runs in T20Is.

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