Brisbane:Manoj Tiwary's unbeaten half century (51) went in vain as India paid the price for a top-order collapse to lose their second Twenty20 match of the Emerging Players Tournament against New Zealand by five wickets, here on Monday.
Put in to bat, India scored 154 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs with Tiwary top-scoring. The Bengal batsman and Abhishek Nayar (45), batting at number five and six respectively, were instrumental in taking India's score past 150 after the top-order flopped against fast bowler Hamish Bennett (3/20).
Naman Ojha also chipped in with a 15-ball unbeaten 26. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Murli Vijay scored 10 and nine, respectively, while captain S Badrinath, batting one-down, contributed just six runs. Virat Kohli, who followed in next, was out for a three-ball duck at the Albury Oval.
New Zealand's emerging players rattled up 156 for five with Colin de Grandhomme top-scoring with 60. Right-arm off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three for 22 from his four overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra took one wicket each.
Defending a competitive total, the Indian seamers failed to get the early breakthrough with Martin Guptill and De Grandhomme scoring freely.
De Grandhomme hit six fours and a six during his 45-ball innings. Ashwin struck two quick blows to keep India in the hunt but crucial knocks from wicketkeeper Reece Young and Kane Williamson lower down the order were enough to secure a win for New Zealand.
India had lost their first Twenty20 match of the tournament against Australian Institute of Sports on July 20.
India Emerging Players 154 for 5 (Manoj Tiwary 51, Abhishek Nayar 45; Hamish Bennett 3/20) lost to New Zealand Emerging Players 156 for 5 (Colin de Grandhomme 60, R Ashwin 3/22) by five wickets.