Colin Munro played bright cricket, provided value for money to the spectators who had crammed the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium (SCA) at Khanderi Village and led New Zealand to a comfortable win in the second Twenty20 global.
Even though India did manage the wickets of Guptill and Kane Williamson (12), Munro looked a class apart and went on to complete his second century in the T20Is to take the total to 196 for two in the 20 overs.
Munro, whose unbeaten 58-ball 109 fetched him the Man of the Match award, said the century was a reward for taking his chances. Guptill played an archetype second fiddle to Munro in the first half of the innings and the pair put up an opening stand of 105 runs in 11 overs before he was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal for an unlucky score of 45.
Earlier, none of the Indian bowlers, barring Jasprit Bumrah in his first spell, could contain the rampaging Munro.
The Hyderabad-born pacer ultimately did get his maiden global wicket in the form of Williamson but ultimately finished with figures of 1-53 off his four overs.
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson is delighted with the result. Not only that, Kohli reached 7,000 T20 runs overall, the first Indian and 8th batsman in the world to do so.
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Guptill later danced down the track to smack Chahal over mid-wicket and Munro was nearly caught on the boundary line by Kumar in the same over at the end of which the visitors were 83 without loss.
The final game is on Tuesday.
After being outplayed in the first match, New Zealand elected to bat and openers Martin Guptill and Munro responded with an array of shots on a pitch that was flat and gave leeway for the left-right combination to keep the score board moving at eight an over at the conclusion of six-over power-play. With the hosts reduced to 2-11 inside two overs, it would only take a Herculean effort to chase down 197.
Bowling: Kumar 4-0-29-0 (2w), Siraj 4-0-53-1 (1w), Bumrah 4-0-23-0, Chahal 4-0-36-1 (2w), Patel 3-0-39-0 (5w), Pandya 1-0-14-0.
The visitors' decision went down well with India captain Virat Kohli, who was wary of the dew and said that his plan was to bowl anyway.