India were unable to carry over their ODI form into the first T20 match of the series as they were on the end of a heavy defeat against New Zealand and need to win this second match to keep the series alive.
2nd T20I preview: A strong comeback will be expected from India after the hammering from New Zealand in the series-opener when the two teams square-up in the second T20 global at Eden Park here on Friday.
Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over.
New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bat.
The lack of fight in the run chase was a big disappointment, as mentioned by captain Rohit Sharma in Wellington.
The Men in Blue slumped to their biggest loss in T20I in terms of runs when they were beaten by 80 runs at the hands of the Black Caps in the series-opener at Westpac Stadium.
# The two sides have walked down the crease for the national anthems! . The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant all failed to get going as New Zealand asserted their authority over India in T2oIs once again.
He himself would like to lead from the front after scoring 1 on Wednesday and a significant contribution will also be expected from Rishabh Pant, who is in the running for a World Cup berth.
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All-rounder Vijay Shankar was promoted to number three and did alright with a 18-ball 27.
India skipper Rohit Sharma has called his team in a huddle and is giving the players a pep talk before the start of the match.
Men in Blue would like to shrug off the first match mauling and try to dominate the Kiwis.
Put in to bat first, New Zealand openers - Seifert and Colin Munro fired on all cylinders. He conceded just three runs from it which included one wide down the leg side.
The 2nd T20i is scheduled to be held on Friday at the Eden Park in Auckland and the extravaganza will commence at around 11:30 am (IST).
The short boundaries notwithstanding, New Zealand persisted with two spinners - allrounder Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi.
With India now in do-or-die situation, Anil Kumble feels the visitors should attack New Zealand with two regular spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.