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

06 November 2017

India and New Zealand resumed their T20I battle in the second of the three-match series at Rajkot on Saturday with the hosts coming into the game with a 1-0 lead. The wicket was tailor-made for batting and newcomer Mohd Siraj, who made his worldwide debut replacing Ashish Nehra, provided the fodder to Martin Guptill and Munro, who went berserk.

The New Zealand captain Kane Williamson opted to bat first after winning the toss. He became only the third batsman to hit two T20i centuries.

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Mohammed Siraj will make his debut and has come in for now retired Ashish Nehra.

He scored 32nd century in ODI in the same match.

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India might have lost the second T20I match against the Black Caps, but the Men in Blue had a reason to celebrate as it was Virat Kohli's first birthday as Indian captain on Sunday. MS was very good at the end. So far in the tour, India have won the ODI series as well as the T20I series-opener and are in a commanding position.

Patel on the other hand started well, going for only four runs in his first over, but once Munro got set, India's spinners were taken to the cleaners. Captain Virat Kohli did keep India's hopes alive with a quickfire 65 off 452 balls, the asking rate just kept climbing.

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Colin Munro got the match of the match award for his outstanding 109 run knock and also a bowling spell of 1-23 in 3 overs to go with a brilliant catch.

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