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

Virat Kohli

Makeshift opener Colin Munro smashed a blistering 109 off just 58 balls as the Blackcaps amassed an impressive 196 off their allotted 20 overs.

The 30-year-old opening batsman had to take a backseat as partner Martin Guptill went about attacking the Indian bowling attack in the initial overs.

India bid goodbye to their veteran pacer Ashish Nehra in the last match, gifting him a memorable victory.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Twenty20 global between India and New Zealand at Rajkot. But we were left with a very hard task.

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The Indian vice-captain was caught behind after attempting to glide Boult's delivery down to third-man. M.S. (Dhoni) was very good at the end. India drafted in the debutant Mohammad Siraj in the place of Ashish Nehra who retired from worldwide cricket after the previous game.

The Indian openers who notched up a match-winning partnership of 158 runs in the previous game failed to click today at Rajkot. Kohli is second behind New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, who has 2,140 runs in 71 matches.

Chahal was brought on by Kohli in the fifth over of the batting power play and was welcomed to the crease with two huge sixes and a boundary by Guptill's bat. Kohli recently includes in the list of most valuable player in term of their worth as skipper get ahead of Messi. For India, the only other bowler to find success was Mohammad Siraj who picked up the wickets of Kane Williamson.

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