India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scored half-centuries as the hosts romped home by seven wickets against New Zealand in Ranchi on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 series. Chasing 154, India made light work of the target as a 117-run stand between skipper Rohit (55) and Rahul (65) laid the foundation for an easy win wrapped up by Venkatesh Iyer (12 not out) and Rishabh Pant (12 not out) with 2.4 overs to spare.
Rohit was at his belligerent best as he smashed five sixes and was ably complemented by Rahul, who continued his fine form and struck six boundaries and two sixes of his own. “Great effort from entire unit, wasn’t the easiest of conditions but the way we applied ourselves was great,” said Rohit. “Under pressure, we know their quality as a batting outfit.”