Hosts New Zealand came back to winning ways after crushing India in the first T20 on Wednesday, and they will look to seal the series in the second match here on Friday.
Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over. The Men in Blue rarely looked in contention to chase down the total and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. The Indian bowls a delivery much closer to the stumps to deny any room to the New Zealander, who gets a thin inside edge to eventually hand a simple catch to MS Dhoni. The hosts thrashed India by 80 runs to take the lead in the three-match series.
India are yet to beat New Zealand in a T20I in New Zealand, having lost all three they have played in the country to date, and would be looking to keep the series alive going into Hamilton, and give themselves a shot at rounding off their longish summer in the southern hemisphere without a series loss.
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The India vs New Zealand matches will broadcast live online on OTT platform Hotstar. As India were outplayed in all departments in the first match, they are expected to make some changes in their side. Batting first, the Kiwis set India a mammoth target of 220 to chase largely thanks to the belligerence of opener Tim Seifert.
Besides batsmen, New Zealand bowlers had also impressed-with Tim Southee finishing with the figures of three for 17 while Ish Sodhi and Santner too sharing four wickets.
Unsure of what had happened in the middle, Williamson and Mitchell were next seen talking about the dismissal with the umpires and India captain Rohit Sharma and wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. "We believe that whatever the target is in front of us we can chase it down, but we just couldn't do it tonight", Sharma had said in a post-match presentation. Here's a look at the predicted XI for the Indian team for the second T20I in Auckland.