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.
NZ opener Colin Munro, in particular, batted majestically and was unconquered on a truly regal 109 (58 balls, 7x4, 7x6).
A second T20I century for Colin Munro, coming off just 54 balls. India drafted in the debutant Mohammad Siraj in the place of Ashish Nehra who retired from global cricket after the previous game. I am Ayush Gupta and I will bring to you all the live updates and scores from the exciting match happening at Rajkot. His blistering knock ensured New Zealand post a huge total of 196 runs with a loss two wickets on the board after 20 overs.
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Chasing a 197-run target, India lost both the openers inside the second over. For India, the only other bowler to find success was Mohammad Siraj who picked up the wickets of Kane Williamson. Trent Boult struck twice in his first over to get rid of first Shikhar Dhawan and then Rohit Sharma cheaply. Kohli got the birthday cake before being smeared.
Virat Kohli wasn't disappointed by losing the toss. MS was very good at the end.
In reply, only skipper Virat Kohli looked in good touch with 65 off 42 balls as India were restricted to 156 for 7.