2nd T20 highlights: Rahul's 57 helps India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets

India's K L Rahul bats as New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Seifert looks on during the Twenty/20 cricket international between India and New Zealand in Auckland. Photo: AP | PTI

India tightened their grip on the five match T20 International series with a seven-wicket drubbing of New Zealand in the second match after their bowlers stifled the hosts on a pocket-sized Eden Park, Auckland on Sunday. Boasting a formidable batting line-up, chasing 133 proved to be a cakewalk for the visitors on a pitch that was slightly on the slower side.

The very short boundary ensured the match ended with as many as 15 balls to spare. The trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami allowed no respite to Kane Williamson's team after New Zealand surprisingly chose to bat, restricting them to 132 for five.

K L Rahul then scored 57 not out off 50 balls while Shreyas Iyer scored 44 off 33 balls, the duo adding 86 runs for the third wicket and after Rohit Sharma's twin failure.

Tim Southee took 2-20 as India had to do without major contributions from both Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli.

 

India vs New Zealand 2nd T20 full scorecard

 

Sharma (8) was out caught at slip in the first over off Southee. New Zealand's new ball bowlers were compact and didn't let the Indian top order get away unlike the first T20I on Friday.

Even so, Rahul and Kohli added 31 runs for the second wicket. The latter then was caught behind off Southee in the sixth over with Tim Seifert taking a brilliant diving catch.

Kohli scored 11 off 12 balls and the wicket's slow nature was starting to impact proceedings. New Zealand held back their spinners too, but Rahul-Iyer settled down in this passage of play.

They rotated strike well and added 50 in 55 balls by minimising risks. Rahul brought up his 11th T20I half-century off 43 balls.

Overall, Rahul hit three fours and two sixes, while Iyer hit one four and three sixes.

India crossed 100 in the 15th over after which Iyer cut loose to approach the finish line. He fell just prior, holing out off Ish Sodhi (1-33).

But Rahul stuck around while Shivam Dube finished the job with a six over midwicket.

This was after Indian bowlers made good use of a slower pitch.

Opting to bat, the Black Caps couldn't generate enough momentum in the middle overs and finished with a sub-par total.

Martin Guptill top-scored with 33 off 20 balls, while Tim Seifert was unbeaten on 33 not out off 26 balls.

Guptill and Colin Munro (26) provided a measured start to New Zealand putting on 48 runs for the first wicket.

Surprisingly, India held back Jasprit Bumrah (1-21) as Shardul Thakur (1-21) and Mohammed Shami (0-22) bowled four overs in the power play. The tactic worked as Thakur got rid of Guptill at end of six overs.

India then used the slow nature of the used-wicket to put brakes on the New Zealand middle order. Wickets came at a regular interval as the Black Caps struggled to get the big shots out.

Yuzvendra Chahal (0-33) and Shivam Dube (1-16) combined well after the powerplay, while Ravindra Jadeja was the stand out bowler with figures of 2-18 from four overs.

Overall, India also raised their fielding effort barring a bizarre drop from Virat Kohli late in the innings.

Dube got rid of Munro in the ninth over while Colin de Grandhomme (3) failed to get going once again. Jadeja gleefully accepted his return catch.

The hosts were reduced to 81 for four in the 13th over when skipper Kane Williamson (14) became Jadeja's victim, caught in the deep by Chahal.

The wheels had truly come off the New Zealand innings as they were struggling to get the big shots away and squandered their measured start away.

Ross Taylor (18) struggling for timing throughout his 24-ball stay was a prime example. Without Seifert's effort, including a four and two sixes, the score wouldn't have achieved any respectability.

Iyer walked off the field in the last over after hurting his left knee whilst fielding.
 

Here are the playing 11 of both the teams:

India playing 11: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul (w), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami.

New Zealand playing 11: Kane Williamson(C), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner and Hamish Bennett.


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Over 17.3; India wins

India: 135-3
 
Ball 3: A short delivery and Shivam Dube pulls towards cow corner boundary for SIX. 
 
Ball 2: Rahul pushes down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 1: Shivam Dubes hits towards sweeper cover for a single.

Over 17; India need 6 runs in 18 balls

Over Summary: 1 6 Wd W 1 0 1; India:  127-3
 
Ish Sodhi continues
 
Ball 6: Shivam Dube collects a single. 
 
Ball 5: Shivam Dube hits towards short mid-wicket for no run.
 
Ball 4: Rahul collects a single.

Shivam Dube, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Ball 3: Iyer goes for biggie again, gets a top edge and Southee completes the catch. Shreyas Iyer c Southee b Ish Sodhi 44(33) [4s-1 6s-3]
 
Ball 3: WIDE
 
Ball 2: Iyer smashes towards long-off stand for SIX.
 
Ball 1: Rahul works towards square leg for a single.

Over 16; India need 16 runs in 24 balls

Over Summary: 1 1 6 4 1 1; India:  117-2
 
Tickner continues
 
Ball 6: Rahul pulls towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 
 
Ball 5: A single for Iyer
 
Ball 4: A bumper and Iyer guides over keeper for FOUR.
 
Ball 3: Shreyas Iyer clears his front leg and smashes over long-off for SIX.
 
Ball 2: A sigle for Rahul
 
Ball 1: Shreyas Iyer collects a single.

Over 15; India need 30 runs in 30 balls

Over Summary:  0 1 6 4 Wd5 0 0 ; India: 103-2

Hamish Bennett [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT

Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 5:  FIVE WIDES
 
Ball 4: Rahul drives on the up towards deep extra cover for FOUR and completes his FIFTY.
 
Ball 3: Rahul gets a top edge over keeper for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Iyer collects a single.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 14

Over Summary:  2 1 1 0 1 1 ;India: 87-2
 
Blair Tickner [1.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Iyer works towards square leg for a single.
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Iyer hits back to bowler and New Zealand fails to pounce on runout chance.
 
Ball 3: Rahul hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: Iyer guides towards third man for a single.
 
Ball 1: Shreays Iyer clips towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.

Over 13; India need 51 runs in 42 balls

Over Summary: 2 0 2 0 1 1  India: 82-2

Santner continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Shreyas Iyer
 
Ball 5: Rahul punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Rahul cuts towards deep point for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a couple of runs.

Over 12

Over Summary: 2 1 Wd 1 6 1 1; India: 76-2

Ish Sodhi continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 5: Iyer collects a singe.
 
Ball 4: Iyer wallopes towards long-on boundary for SIX.

Ball 3: Rahul collects a single.
 
Ball 3: WIDE
 
Ball 2: Iyer hits towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 1: Shreyas Iyer collects a couple of runs.

Over 11; India need 70 runs in 54 balls

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 0 0; India: 63-2

Santner continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Rahul hits back to bowler.
 
Ball 3: Iyer clips towards deep square leg for a single.
 
Ball 2: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 1: A single for Shreyas Iyer

Over 10; CRR: 6 REQ: 7.3

Over Summary:1 1 1 0 0 0; India: 60-2

Ish Sodhi continues
 
Ball 6: 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: Rahul punches back to bowler.
 
Ball 3: Iyer hits towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 2: Rahul cuts towards deep point for a single.
 
Ball 1: Iyer hits towards long-on for a single.

Over 9; CRR: 6.33 REQ: 6.91

Over Summary: 1 1 1 1 4 0; India: 57-2

Santner continues
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Rahul guodes towards third man boundary for FOUR.
 
Ball 4: Iyer collects a single.
 
Ball 3: A single for Rahul.
 
Ball 2: Iyer pushes towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 1: Rahul collects a single

Over 8; CRR: 6.12 REQ: 7

Over Summary: 1 1 2 1 1 1; India: 49-2

Ish Sodhi, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul collects a single towards long-on
 
Ball 5: A single for Iyer
 
Ball 4: Rahul hits towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 3: Rahul cuts towards deep point for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 2: A single for Shreyas Iyer
 
Ball 1: A single for Rahul

Over 7: CRR: 6 REQ: 7

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 1; India: 42-2

Mitchell Santner, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Rahul drives towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 5: K L Rahul dabs towards point region for no run
 
Ball 4: K L Rahul leaves outside off.
 
Ball 3: Shreays Iyer hits down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 6; Kohli departs

Over Summary: 0 W 0 0 0 1  India: 40-2

Tim Southee [2.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Shreyas Iyer punches towards deep point for a single.
 
Ball 5: A short delivery and Shreyas Iyer ducks under it.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT

Shreyas Iyer, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Kohli departs
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 5

Over Summary: 4 2 1 2 6 0;  India: 39-1

Blair Tickner, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Rahul cuts over third man for SIX
 
Ball 4: Rahul flicks towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 3: Kohli steers down to third man for a single.
 
Ball 2: Kohli drives straight down the ground for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1: Kohli chips over mid-off for FOUR

Over 4

Over Summary: 2 4 1 0 0 1; India: 24-1

Bennett continues
 
Ball 6: Kohli tucks towards square leg for a single. 
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Rahul tries to guide it over the keeper, MISSES.
 
Ball 3: Rahul collects a single towards point region
 
Ball 2: Rahul jabs towards deep backward square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 1: A couple of runs for Rahul

Over 3

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 0 1; India: 16-1

Southee continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 5: DOT
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Kohli
 
Ball 2: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 2 1 0 2 0 India: 13-1
 
Hamish Bennett, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Kohli collects a couple of runs
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Rahul
 
Ball 2: A couple of runs for Rahul as he punches on backfoot towards deep point
 
Ball 1: DOT

Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 1; Rohit departs

Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 4 W; India: 8-1

Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Southee will open the attack
 
Ball 6: Rohit edges to first slip, GONE. Rohit c Ross Taylor b Southee 8(6) [4s-2]
 
Ball 5: Rohit hits FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Rohit edges past the first slop for FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 1; Rohit departs

Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 4 W; India: 8-1

Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Southee will open the attack
 
Ball 6: Rohit edges to first slip, GONE. Rohit c Ross Taylor b Southee 8(6) [4s-2]
 
Ball 5: Rohit hits FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Rohit edges past the first slop for FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 1

Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 4 W; India: 8-1

Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Southee will open the attack
 
Ball 6: Rohit edges to first slip, GONE. Rohit c Ross Taylor b Southee 8(6) [4s-2]
 
Ball 5: Rohit hits FOUR
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Rohit edges past the first slop for FOUR
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 20; CRR: 6.6

Over Summary: 1 0 1 W 6 1; New Zealand: 132-5
 
Bumrah continues
 
Ball 6: A single for Seifert towards long-on boundary
 
Ball 5: Seifert plays an extended cover drive towards deep extra cover boundary for SIX.

Mitchell Santner, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Ross Taylor slogs and gets a top edge towards deep square leg. Rohit Sharma collects the catch and Taylor departs. Ross Taylor c Rohit b Bumrah 18(24)
 
Ball 3: Seifert hits the yorkish length delivery towards long-on for a single,
 
Ball 2: Seifert swings and misses as Bumrah beats him by a slow delivery
 
Ball 1: Ross Taylor hits down the ground for a single.

Over 19; Shami concedes only 5 runs

Over Summary: 2 1 0 1 1 0;  New Zealand: 123-4
 
Mohammed Shami [3.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Seifert swings and misses
 
Ball 5: Ross Taylor digs out the yorker towards extra cover for a single.
 
Ball 4: One run for Seifert as he tries to paddle sweep.
 
Ball 3: A juicy full toss and Seifert fails to put bat on ball as it goes over the stumps.
 
Ball 2:Taylor collects a single.
 
Ball 1: Ross Taylor slogs towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs

Over 18; Kohli drops a SITTER as Bumrah concedes only 3 runs

Over Summary:  0 0 1 1 1 0; New Zealand: 118-4

Jasprit Bumrah [2.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: Ross Taylor slogs towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4:Seifert gets an inside edge towards deep fine leg for a single.
 
Ball 3: Ross Taylor goes for a biggie, gets  top edge and Kohli drops a SITTER at long-on, a single taken.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A slow delivery, Ross Taylor swings and misses.

Over 17

Over Summary: Wd 0 0 1 0 1 2Wd 1; New Zealand: 115-4

Jadeja continues

Ball 6: Ross Taylor hits towards long-off for a single.
 
Ball 6: 2 WIDE
 
Ball 5: Ross Taylor sweeps towards deep backward square leg for a single,
 
Ball 4: A wild slog sweep from Ross Taylor, beaten!!
 
Ball 3: Seifert hits towards sweeper cover for a single.
 
Ball 2: Seifert cuts and ball falls in front of Kohli at Backward point

Ball 1: DOT
 
Ball 1: WIDE

Over 16; CRR: 6.81

Over Summary: 1 1 4 6 2 1 ;New Zealand: 109-4

Chahal continues
 
Ball 6: Seifert collects a single.
 
Ball 5: Seifert pulls towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Seifert smashes straight down the ground for SIX
 
Ball 3: Seifert hits through extra cover for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Ross Taylor slog sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 1: A single for Seifert

Over 15

Over Summary:  0 1 0 1 1 1; New Zealand: 94-4

Jadeja continues
 
Ball 6:  A single for Seifert
 
Ball 5: A single for Ross Taylor
 
Ball 4: A single for Seifert
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: A single for Ross Taylor
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 14

Over Summary: 2 1 1 0 1 1; New Zealand: 90-4

Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Ross Taylor dabs towards mid-wicket region for a single
 
Ball 5: A single for Seifert towards sweeper cover
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: A single for Ross Taylor
 
Ball 2: A single for Seifert
 
Ball 1: A couple of runs for Seifert

Over 13; Williamson departs

Over Summary: 1 1 W 1 1 1; New Zealand: 84-4

Jadeja continues
 
Ball 6: Seifert pushed down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 5: A single for Ross Taylor
 
Ball 4: A single for Seifert

Tim Seifert, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 3: Williamson sweeps straight to deep backward square le, GONE. Williamson c Chahal b Jadeja 14(20)
 
Ball 2: Talyor clips towards backward square leg for a single
 
Ball 1: A single for Williamson

Over 12; CRR: 6.58

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 1 1; New Zealand: 79-3

Mohammed Shami [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Williamson hits towards deep third man for a single.
 
Ball 5: A single for Ross Taylor towards square leg.
 
Ball 4: A single for Williamson
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 11

Over Summary: 1 W 0 0 1 1; New Zealand: 76-3

Ravindra Jadeja, Left arm orthodox, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A single for Williamson 
 
Ball 5: A single for Ross Taylor
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: DOT

Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 2: Grandhomme scoops back to bowler as ball stops at him, GONE. de Grandhomme c and b Jadeja 3(5)
 
Ball 1: Williamson drives towards sweeper cover for a single.

Over 10

Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 1 1; New Zealand: 73-2

Jasprit Bumrah [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Williamson steers down to third man for a single.
 
Ball 5: A low full toss and Grandhomme punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 4: A single for Williamson
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: A single for Grandhomme

Over 9; Dube scalps Munro

Over Summary: 1 0 4 W 0 1;  New Zealand: 69-2
 
Shivam Dube continues
 
Ball 6: A single fopr Grandhomme
 
Ball 5: DOT

Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease
 
Ball 4: Munro hits towards extra cover, Kohli takes a diving catch to remove Munro
 
Ball 3: A short delivery and Colin Munro pulls towards deep square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: Williamson collects a single.

Over 8

Over Summary: 0 2 1 1 1 0; New Zealand: 63-1

Yuzvendra Chahal [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: DOT
 
Ball 5: A single for Williamson.
 
Ball 4: A single for Munro
 
Ball 3: Williamson punches down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 2: Williamson hits towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 7

Over Summary: 1 1 6 0 1 1; New Zealand: 58-1

Shivam Dube, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Williamson pushes towards long-on for a single.
 
Ball 5: Munro hits down the ground for a single.
 
Ball 4: DOT
 
Ball 3: Munro paddle sweeps Dube towards deep fine leg for SIX.
 
Ball 2: Williamson collects a single.
 
Ball 1: A single for Munro

Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 6: Guptill departs

Over Summary: 0 1L 4 4 0 W;  New Zealand: 48-1

Shardul Thakur [1.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
 
Ball 6: Guptill goes big, hits from the bottom of the bat. Virat Kohli stays calm and takes the skier. Guptill c Kohli b SN Thakur 33(20) [4s-4 6s-2]
 
Ball 5: A full delivery, Guptill swings and misses.
 
Ball 4: A length delivery and Guptill smashes over mid-on for FOUR
 
Ball 3: Guptill plays a short arm jab over square leg for FOUR.
 
Ball 2: Munro collects a leg byes as he collides with Shardul.
 
Ball 1: A swing and miss from Munro as he tries to pull the short of length delivery. 

Over 5

Over Summary: 4 0 1 1 1 0; New Zealand: 39-0
 
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Guptill tries to slog sweep, MISSES.
 
Ball 5: Munro hits on backfoot towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
 
Ball 4: Guptill pushes down the ground for a single. 
 
Ball 3: Munro unleashed the switch hit but fails to get a desired connection and collects a single.
 
Ball 2: Munro gets an inside edge onto the pads for no run.
 
Ball 1: Munro sweeps towards deep backward square leg for FOUR

Over 4

Over Summary: 0 0 1 4 1 3; New Zealand: 32-0

Shami continues
 
Ball 6: Munro hits between extra cover and mid-off for three runs as Kohli makes a brilliant fielding effort to save one run. 
 
Ball 5: A single for Guptill.
 
Ball 4: Guptill hits FOUR
 
Ball 3: A single for Munro
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 3

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 2 0;  New Zealand: 23-0

Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: A short delivery, Guptill tries to guide it over keeper, misses. 
 
Ball 5: A low full toss and Guptill hits wide of short mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
 
Ball 4: Munro squeezes the yorkish length delivery towards mid-on for a single.
 
Ball 3: DOT
 
Ball 2: Guptill pushes towards mid-off for a single
 
Ball 1: A single for Munro towards deep square leg

Over 2

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 4; New Zealand:  18-0

Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
 
Ball 6: Guptill makes some  room outside off and slaps the ball towards cover boundary for FOUR. 
 
Ball 5: Guptill taps towards backward point for no run.
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Guptill dabs towards off side for no run.
 
Ball 3: Short delivery and Munro goes for the pull too early, ball lands in between three fielder converging at short third man area, a single taken.
 
Ball 2: DOT
 
Ball 1: DOT

Over 1: Guptill hits two sixes

Over Summary: 0 0 6 6 0 Wd 0  ;  New Zealand: 13-0

Guptill and Munro are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Shardul Thakur will open the attack

Ball 6: Guptill defends back to bowler
 
Ball 6: WIDE down the leg side
 
Ball 5: A full delivery outside off and Guptill fails to put bat on ball.
 
Ball 4: A short delivery and Guptill gets a top edge towards fine leg boundary for SIX.
 
Ball 3: Guptill moves leg side and slices over in field for SIX towards cover boundary.
 
Ball 2: Guptill tucks towards short mid-wicket for no run. 
 
Ball 1: Guptill defends from front foot.

India playing 11

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand playing 11

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert(w), Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett

New Zealand playing 11

Unchanged from 1st T20 International

TOSS ALERT: India to bowl first

Kane Williamson flips the coin India skipper Virat Kohli calls heads but it is tails. Williamson wins the toss and elect to bat first. 

Head to head: India vs New Zealand in Auckland

 
New Zealand: 0
India: 2

PITCH REPORT

It's the same pitch that we had two days go. There just be a little more turn for the spinners than the first game. Grass cover is very good and it is expected to play very very good again. There will be plenty of runs on offer, reckon Mike Hesson and Sunil Gavaskar during pitch report

India vs New Zealand head to head in T20s

New Zealand: 8

India: 4

Sixes hit in India vs New Zealand 1st T20 International

India: 10

New Zealand: 10

We knew we could cover run-rate any time on a short ground: Iyer

Shreyas Iyer was always confident that a target of 204 against New Zealand in the first T20 International was chaseable considering the smaller dimensions of the Eden Park ground.
 
Iyer smashed an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls to seal a six-wicket win the opening game and once again showed his utility as a No. 4 batsman.
 
"We knew the ground is short and we could cover the run rate at any time. It was an amazing experience, this is my first time at Eden Park, looking forward to the same crowd and the same support again for the next game," Iyer told the official broadcaster after the end of the match.
 
"It's amazing coming overseas and it's a really good feeling to win the game and being not out. We had lost two quick wickets and it was really important to build a partnership," he said.
Shreyas Iyer. Photo: AP | PTI

Great feeling to finish match with a six: Shreyas Iyer

fter playing an unbeaten knock of 58 runs against New Zealand in the first T20I of the five-match series, Shreyas Iyer on Friday said that it is a great feeling to make the team win and it is "even greater when you finish the match with a six."
 
During the chase of 204, Iyer came in to bat with the side at 115/2. He went on to stitch an unbeaten stand of 62 runs with Manish Pandey to take the team over the line by six wickets and with six balls to spare.
 
"When I went in to bat, it was important to have a partnership in the middle. The ground was small, and it was imperative to take the game deep. We knew that 50 runs from the final four overs could be chased here. Pandey and I had decided to look for one boundary every over," Iyer told Yuzvendra Chahal on 'Chahal TV'.
 
"It is a good feeling to finish the match, and it is greater when you do it with a six. We have many players who can finish the game, I have learnt from them," he added.
 
KL Rahul scored 56 while Virat Kohli played a knock of 45 runs.
 
For New Zealand, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson struck half-centuries to take the team's total past the 200-run mark.

Opinion: A Kiwi wound that needs healing

The Indian cricket team has embarked on a very important overseas series Down Under against New Zealand. The Kiwis, as they are popularly called because of their flightless national bird, are a difficult side to beat at home.

Once again, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have faltered with their tour scheduling. The Indian team having just beaten the strong Australian side in a three-match ODI series 2-1, were flown the very next day to New Zealand. Quite understandably, India captain Virat Kohli has strongly articulated his concern as regards the planning of the tour.

To be playing a grueling schedule of 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs and two Test matches without time to get properly acclimatized to the conditions in New Zealand, will be a challenge even for this strong Indian side.

The loss against the Kiwis in the semi-final of the World Cup 2019 must still strongly rankle in the minds of the Indian side. A few early losses in this series could pull them down mentally quite significantly.

The New Zealand cricketers have always been a bunch of very nice individuals, who play the game hard but fair. Revenge, as Kohli said quite rightly, is very difficult to contemplate when friendship and kindness is what each one of New Zealand's cricketers exudes after the match.

The problem for most teams touring New Zealand is to get used to their playing conditions. The ball wobbles a fair amount in the air and the pitches are ideal for their fast bowlers. Although the present Indian side has a very good opening attack, they still require time to adjust to the length and direction as well as get the optimum speed and accuracy during the release while bowling. The batsmen have even a tougher task as their shot selection and defense needs a drastic change in order to be successful. This is precisely why, one is concerned about the performance of the Indian side, as without enough time to get adjusted, they could unnecessarily lose the confidence that they have so wonderfully built up through wins against South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia post their World Cup defeat.

The Indian team has two very significant milestones to practice and play for during the series in New Zealand. The first and foremost one is to win the two-match Test series or at least draw it so that they will get sufficient points in their quest to win the first ICC Test Championship next year. A win will put them in a very commanding position to qualify.

The other important task at hand is to play sufficient T20I matches before the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia later on in the year. India is still struggling to get their combination in order. Although, they have very good batting as well as bowling options, the problem India faces is that of choosing the right players for each spot, as they have a pool of very capable players. It is a good position to be in to have such immense talent, but, more than skill, the Indian team requires players with mental strength to play through the vagaries and uncertainties that the great game of cricket has in abundance.

The five T20I matches for India in New Zealand are very important for them to try and test their strengths and weaknesses. India, therefore, should have started the tour with the ODIs and then played the Test series and only thereafter the T20Is.

The New Zealand side has some very good limited-overs players but apart from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, the other batsmen are still to prove their ability against good spin and fast bowlers in the longer version of the game. Furthermore, New Zealand was recently defeated comprehensively by Australia and so their confidence in the Test match arena must be very low.

India, on paper, along with a surfeit of player options in all the formats of the game, look a much better side than New Zealand, but the Kiwis do have the home advantage to make them into a very forceful team and difficult to beat in their own backyard.

The royal battle will be between the guile of Trent Boult versus Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the Test series and Kane Williamson against the Indian pack of fast bowlers. The differentiator between the two teams will be the fielding and the catching. The team that shines in it will be the winner.

This series will test the character and mental strength of the present Indian side, after all, a defeat at a world stage is something not easily forgotten. India needs to win with a thumping margin to show that they have buried those 30 disastrous minutes in 2019 that blemished all the good they had done in the year. A tale that the captain, coach and many of the Indian players have spoken about as the scar that exists from the year gone by. This wound needs healing for Indian cricket to get back on track.

Ganguly opens up on Rahul-Pant wicket-keeping debate

BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has lauded K.L. Rahul's work in the limited-overs format and wished the Karnataka batsman will continue the current form even in the longest format of the game.
 
The Indian team management had decided to hand Rahul the dual role of a 'keeper-batsman' in limited overs by dropping Pant from the playing XI in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand.
 
In the recent times, Rahul has shown satisfactory work with the glove and has been outstanding with the bat as well.
 
Commenting on Rahul's inclusion after dropping Rishabh Pant, Ganguly said: "Virat Kohli takes that decision. The team management and captain decide the role of K.L. Rahul."
 
"He (Rahul) has played well in ODIs and T20Is. He started well in Test cricket but has gone down slightly. But in limited overs cricket he has played really well and hope he continues all the good work but like I said, all these decisions are of the team management's," Ganguly told ABP News.
 
When asked about the race for the wicket-keeper's spot for this year's T20 World Cup, Ganguly said: "The selectors, Virat and Ravi (Shastri) will decide that. Whatever they think, it'll happen that way."
 
Earlier, Rahul said that he was enjoying the new role.
 
"I'm quite honestly loving it. At the international stage, it might seem very new and it might seem like I've never kept. (But) I've kept for my IPL franchise for the last 3-4 years, and I've kept for my first-class team as and when there is an opening. I've still stayed in touch with wicket keeping," Rahul said after the first T20I against New Zealand. 
Indian batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant run between the wickets during the first One-Day International (ODI) cricket match against West Indies, at M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Photo: PTI

Pant is talented, it is his job to prove people wrong: Kapil Dev

It is the job of a talented cricketer like Rishabh Pant to prove his detractors wrong, legendary India all-rounder Kapil Dev said here on Saturday.
 
Of late, Pant has found himself at the receiving end of criticism for his inconsistency in the field while playing for India.
 
"Pant is so talented. He cannot blame anybody. He has to look after his own career. The only way for him is to keep on getting runs and prove everybody wrong. When you are talented, it is your job to prove people wrong," India's first World Cup-winning captain said.
 
Dev was responding to a question on the young Delhi 'keeper being benched as the think-tank opted for K L Rahul to don the big gloves in the second and third ODIs of the recent ODI series against Australia and the first T20 against New Zealand on Friday.
 
"The players have to look after themselves. They should never give the option to the selectors to drop them or give them a rest."
 
The former captain was in the city in connection with the promotion of the upcoming film, '83', based on India's historic victory in the 1983 World Cup in England.
 
On Rahul being handed the 'keeper's job in place of Pant, he said it is the team management's call.
 
"It is the team management's call. I don't know about these things. It is not my decision. The team has to decide who opens, who bats at No. 3 etc," he added.
 
Asked about the Indian fast bowlers getting injured often these days, he said, "When you play 10 months in a year, you will get injured." READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

India's Rishabh Pant in action

India vs New Zealand 2nd T20 Preview

India are unlikely to change a winning combination but a few changes in the bowling department won't come as a surprise when the visitors take on New Zealand in the second T20 at the high-scoring Eden Park, Auckland on Sunday.
 
Jasprit Bumrah was the only bowler on either side to concede less than eight runs per over at the peculiar shaped ground with short boundaries in the series opener on Friday.
 
Both Mohammad Shami (0/53 in 4 overs) and Shardul Thakur (1/44 in 3 overs) were taken to the cleaners with New Zealand batsmen using their pace to collect boundaries at will.
 
Since Shami is expected to retain his place in the playing eleven, Thakur might make way for Navdeep Saini. However, Saini, with his extra pace, too could go for big runs at the small ground.
 
It remains to be seen whether India stick to three specialist pacers and two spinners combination or bring in an extra tweaker in Kuldeep Yadav to partner Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja. Washington Sundar is the the other spin option India have.
 
If India do play an extra tweaker, all-rounder Shivam Dube will be third fast bowling option.
 
Considering the conditions, Jadeja and Chahal had done a decent job on Friday, conceding 50 runs off 36 balls and taking a wicket each.
 
Additionally, Chahal and Kuldeep are yet to play together since the ODI World Cup ended. With the batting bearing a settled look, the team management might be keen to take a punt on their reunion. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

India's Rohit Sharma is celebrated after taking a catch to dismiss New Zealand's Martin Guptill during the Twenty/20 cricket international between India and New Zealand in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: AP | PTI


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