An impressive India beat New Zealand overnight to level the series 1-1 as Rohit Sharma became the highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals.
Sharma, opening the innings for India, hit a brisk 50 off just 29 balls to help the visitors chase down the 159 earlier set by New Zealand in Auckland.
After this impressive showing, Sharma, 31, has now amassed 2,288 runs at an average of 32.68 after playing 92 T20 Internationals since his debut in 2007, surpassing New Zealander Martin Guptill’s 2,272.
Striking at an imposing 138.41 in his career to date, whilst also making four centuries and 16 fifties, Rohit Sharma will have the opportunity to increase his lead in the deciding game with Guptill missing the series through injury.
Wiley slow left-arm orthodox bowler Krunal Pandya nabbed three top order wickets to have the hosts wobbling, before a brutal maiden T20I half century from New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme helped the hosts to 8/158.
With Virat Kohli rested for the series, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma shared a 79-run opening stand with the flashy Shikar Dhawan to start India’s innings.
After Sharma and Dhawan fell in quick succession, Test keeper Risbah Pant bludgeoned an unbeaten 40 from 28 balls as former captain MS Dhoni finished on 20 not out to chase the total down in what was a comfortable victory.
After the match, Rohit addressed India’s performance with bat and ball, saying: "I'm very pleased with how we bowled and then we were quite clinical with the bat as well.
"We were expecting a performance like that. We've got quality in our side but we didn't execute our plans in the first game.
"We learned from our mistakes and we got the reward for it."
After New Zealand were well beaten by India in the proceeding ODI series, losing 4-1, they bounced back to thrash India by 80 runs in the opening T20I, India’s biggest defeat in T20 Internationals.
With this victory from India levelling the series, both sides will be out to finish the tour with a series win as they meet for the final on Sunday in Hamilton.