Rohit’s words sum up India’s performance today, in addition, of course to the personal milestone that defines the very pinnacle of the sport. In the larger scheme of things, this is an Indian side that doesn’t suffer from the Last-ball Syndrome. A clear head every match, and a new start – listening to these cliches might be mind-numbing, but to see them in practice can drop your jaws. With that win, India have just won their first T20I in New Zealand – a moment that the country has been waiting for, for a decade. On that note, I, Rishi Roy, will be logging off for the day, alongside my colleagues Vineet, Ramki, Pradeep, and Vinod. Here’s to a breathtaking decider on Sunday! *Raises toast, clinks champagne glasses together*Rohit Sharma, India captain: Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes. It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind. It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side.
Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: I suppose the performance in Wellington was going to be difficult to replicate. We missed a trick or two with the bat. It was slightly more tricky to bat, but 20 more runs at the death would have been better. It wasn’t a 180-200 wicket for sure, but the opening partnership from India just took it away. It’s important that as a side we are aware of the good bits we have done and put that into practice every time we come out to bat. Today it wasn’t our day to be honest. Today wasn’t as close as we would have liked, but having a full house like Eden Park, there isn’t any better atmosphere in the world.
Krunal Pandya, Man of the Match: It felt really nice to contribute for the team. It’s always special when you contribute to a win. The dimensions are quite different from Wellington, the straight boundaries were short and I had to adjust my length to it. Looking forward to the decider in two days’ time.
Most wins as captain after 14 T20Is:
12 M Clarke/ Sarfraz Ahmed/ ROHIT SHARMA
11 Shoaib Malik/ Asghar Stanikzai
10 G Smith/ M Jayawardene
Most runs in T20 Internationals:
2288 Rohit Sharma
2272 M Guptill
2263 Shoaib Malik
2167 V Kohli
2140 B McCullum