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

06 November 2017

Considering the enormous all-round strength that the hosts boast of, it's going to be a Herculean task for the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand to prevent India from surging to a third T20I series victory in eight contests, going back to 2012-13, three of which were drawn encounters. Before that New Zealand had beaten India in five successive T20s. Batting first, New Zealand scored 196 for 2 riding on Colin Munro's unbeaten 109 off 58 balls.

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The Men in Blue were outplayed by New Zealand in the second Twenty20 global at Rajokot but that that did not prevent the Indian players from celebrating skipper Virat Kohli's birthday.

Siraj was taken out of the attack and brought back after the Power Play but had to contend with a well set Munro who tonked two huge sixes in his second over.

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In reply, India lost openers Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Rohit Sharma (5) early - both sent back by pacer Trent Boult, who finished with 4/34. It happens to a lot of batsmen, sometimes you are in good form, but you don't get enough balls.

While Chahal improved as the game wore on, Patel only got worse and so expensive had been India's spinners that Kohli elected not to bowl them out.

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