Sharma claims record as India cruise past NZ


It was the kind of day when nothing went right for India who let New Zealand amass 219 before surrendering meekly in the steep chase.

The final match of the series is at Hamilton on Sunday.

After kickstarting the three-match T20I series against New Zealand with a crushing defeat in Wellington, India will look to stage strong comeback when they take on the hosts in the second match at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday.

The bowling unit could not stop the New Zealand onslaught with Hardik Pandya going for 51 from his four overs whilst Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed weren't much better as they conceded 47 and 48 runs respectively.

In the 2nd encounter of the 3-match T20i series between India vs New Zealand at the Eden Park in Auckland, Rohit Sharma and men crushed the Kiwis by 7 wickets and levelled the series by 1-1.

Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.

The spinners, Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal, did alright but the team management will also consider including chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Can Hitman Rohit Sharma come good with the bat?

The tourists have stuck with the same team they fielded in Wellington, including eight specialist batsmen, and will back themselves to overhaul the modest target. "We believe that whatever the target is in front of us we can chase it down, but we just couldn't do it tonight", said a disappointed Rohit after the game. Vijay Shankar didn't last long but with just over 40 runs to cross the finishing line, the result of the match was more or less a foregone conclusion.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar was promoted to number three and did alright with an 18-ball 27.

In a must-win situation, India is likely to make some changes to the playing XI.

# Skipper Kane Williams comes to bat at No.3! However, India will be hoping to bounce back and stay alive in the series.

The unsafe opening duo of Colin Munro and Seifert put the Indian pacers under tremendous pressure early on in the innings and dismissing them cheaply will be crucial for the visitors' chances.

After a resounding victory in the first game, New Zealand would have to ponder about their top order failure.

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. The game will begin at 11:30 AM (IST), with the Toss scheduled to take place 30 minutes before it.