New Zealand win by 40 runs, level series 1-1

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India cricket Virat Kohli celebrated his 29th birthday with his teammates after the 2nd ODI against New Zealand in Rajkot.

"I think the way I bat, it's the same every time, whether I'm chasing or setting". Total: (for 7 wkts in 20 overs) 156.

Having lost the first T20I by 53 runs, New Zealand need to win tonight if they are to force the series into a decider in Thiruvananthapuram.

A century partnership for the opening wicket got them off to the ideal start and although India's death bowlers brought things back at the end, Munro's century still ensured India needed to chase almost 200 to claim victory.

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips (w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.

Given the new ball responsibility by Kohli, the 23-year-old pacer was given the coldest of welcomes to worldwide cricket by Martin Guptill who took two boundaries off his very first over.

Siraj was at the receiving end of a lot of punishment from the Kiwi batsmen during his first match at the global level. Guptill showed his class despatching the debutant seamer for a grand straight down the boundary, immediately after Munro had squeezed the same bowler to the point fence. The bowler was taken for 16 runs in the eighth over of the innings.

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Munro and Guptill gave the Kiwis a flying start with an opening stand of 105 runs in 67 balls.

A second T20I century for Colin Munro, coming off just 54 balls.

Mike Hesson's hypothesis and predictions were sound - Colin Munro is looking like a fine limited overs opening batsman.

For India, it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah who put a halt on New Zealand's run flow in Rajkot.

Chahal also had a poor start to his spell, giving away 17 runs in his first over. The resounding victory, riding on the swashbuckling batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country's first-ever win over the Kiwis in the shortest form of the game.

"It helps me, Guppy facing the first couple of balls", Munro said.

TV umpire: C Shamsuddin, India.