On Saturday, Ravi Shastri handed over India cap to Siraj, as the Hyderabad quick made his debut and replaced Ashish Nehra. Many months later, New Zealand elevated Munro to the opening slot and after four matches consisting of three ODIs and a Twenty20 at the Kotla a few days ago, Munro struck big blows off bowlers who had held the upper hand for a better part of the ongoing limited over series.
India captain Virat Kohli attempted a comeback in the middle of the line-up, but his 65 runs off 42 balls weren't enough as India fell 40 runs short.
The Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro started cautiously and scored just 24 runs in the first 4 overs. Guptill showed his class despatching the debutant seamer for a grand straight down the boundary, immediately after Munro had squeezed the same bowler to the point fence. Colin Munro's unbeaten century proved to be the difference as the players head to Thiruvananthapuram with the series at 1-1.
The Hyderabad-born pacer ultimately did get his maiden global wicket in the form of Williamson but ultimately finished with figures of 1-53 off his four overs.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (1/36) and Axar Patel too failed to stem the run-flow. Not only that, Kohli reached 7,000 T20 runs overall, the first Indian and 8th batsman in the world to do so.
When Siraj was brought back for his second over, he was treated with disdain by Munro as he slammed the bowler for a couple sixes over long on and mid-wicket.
The Indian top order batting, with superb stroke-makers in Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli, has to be tamed early if New Zealand hope to keep the series alive till the final game.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 196/2 (Colin Munro 109 no, Mohammed Siraj 1/53). Extras: (lb 2, w 10) 12.
Bowling: Kumar 4-0-29-0 (2w), Siraj 4-0-53-1 (1w), Bumrah 4-0-23-0, Chahal 4-0-36-1 (2w), Patel 3-0-39-0 (5w), Pandya 1-0-14-0.
India captain Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried to stem the rot with a 56-run partnership. Extras: (b2, lb1, w1) 4.
The Auckland batsman never let up, though, and powered on to his hundred as New Zealand amassed 196-2 in their 20 overs.