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.
The second T20I at Eden Park in Auckland witnessed a historic moment when Rishab Pant hit a boundary in the 19th over of India's innings. He stitched a 79-run stand with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (30).
The young Vijay Shankar was dismissed by Mitchell for 14 and then Rishabh Pant 40 (28)* and MS Dhoni 20 (17)* scored valuable cameo knocks staying firm without losing further wickets, and their unbeaten knocks lead India to 162/3, and a victory by 7 wickets with 7 balls to spare.After losing the first T20, India leveled the T20 series 1-1 with this victory.
The spinners, Ish Sodhi and Santner, too were on top of the Indian batsmen, sharing two wickets apiece. Kane Williamson and Colin Munro tucked into Khaleel and two fours to Williamson off Hardik Pandya took New Zealand to 40/1 after five.
The hosts were looking shaky at 50 for four before Colin de Grandhomme lifted the pace, hitting a maiden T20 half century off 27 balls that included four sixes.
Once de Grandhomme was sent back by Hardik Pandya and Taylor was run-out, New Zealand's chances of a big total went up in smoke.
"It's going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they're still a quality side", Rohit said.
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.
Captain Kane Williamson could not be more happy with the showing in the first T20 but wants his team to fully focus on the job at hand. It remains to be seen if he gets another shot at the same position or the team brings in Shubman Gill, who would be desperate to perform after the two failures in ODIs.
"That doesn't happen every day but hopefully we can keep making strides in that direction", he said. "Hopefully we can come out and correct those mistakes, not repeat them".