The Indian cricket team stayed alive in the three-match Twenty20 International series with a magnificent seven-wicket win in the Auckland clash against New Zealand. After a poor game in Wellington where they were outplayed in all departments, Rohit Sharma’s side bounced back in grand style with a clinical performance across all departments. The Indian team was boosted by the efforts of Rohit, who led from the front and smashed a magnificent fifty to boost India. Aided by Rishabh Pant’s aggressive 40, India sealed the deal in Eden Park and heading into the final game in Seddon Park, Hamilton, both sides have a chance of winning the series.
In the Auckland clash, the Indian cricket team finally broke a 10-year jinx in New Zealand while Rohit reaffirmed himself as one of the best players in the Twenty20 International format. In the Auckland game, the team broke a couple of records. Here is a list
16 – Number of fifties for Rohit Sharma in the Twenty20 International format, which is the second-most by any player in the format. Virat Kohli has 19 fifties.
20 – Number of 50+ scores by Rohit in T20Is, which is the most by any player. The Indian skipper has overtaken Virat Kohli in this aspect as well.
102 – Number of sixes by Rohit Sharma in T20Is. The right-hander is the third player after Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle to hit a century of sixes in this format.
2 – Number of sixes needed by Rohit to become the leading six-hitter in T20Is. Guptill and Gayle have hit 103 sixes in this format.
1 – Number of wins for India in T20Is in New Zealand. In 2009, they lost both the games while they suffered a big loss in Wellington.
0 – Number of series wins by India in New Zealand. They lost the 2009 series 0-2.
2288 – Number of runs for Rohit in T20Is, the most by any player. He overtook Guptill’s tally of 2272 runs in this format in the Auckland game.
8 – Number of Twenty20 International games played in Seddon Park, Hamilton which is the venue for the next match. New Zealand have won six and lost two games, one to South Africa by eight wickets and one to England by two runs.