Ind vs NZ, 2nd T20I Preview: India Aim To Come Back Stronger After Wellington Drubbing

Updated: 07 February 2019 17:19 IST

Despite having eight batsmen in the eleven, India lost by 80 runs in Wellington.

Ind vs NZ, 2nd T20I Preview: India Aim To Come Back Stronger After Wellington Drubbing
India let New Zealand amass 219 before surrendering meekly in the steep chase. © Twitter

India, who suffered a humiliating 80-run defeat in the series opener, will hope to come back stronger against New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. After suffering their biggest loss in T20Is in terms of runs on Wednesday, India don't have a lot of time to introspect with just 24 hours separating the two games. 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. 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.

Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over.

The lack of fight in the run chase was a big disappointment for the famed Indian batting line-up.

Despite having eight batsmen in the eleven, India lost by 80 runs in Wellington. 

"As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen. 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 skipper Rohit Sharma.

He himself would like to lead from the front after scoring just one run on Wednesday and a significant contribution will also be expected from Rishabh Pant, who is in the running for a World Cup berth.

He could not do much in Wellington, getting four off 9 balls before spinner Mitchell Santner bowled him with a fast yorker.

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

While it is a must-win game for India, another victory will seal the series for the hosts who were outplayed 1-4 in the preceding ODIs.

Captain Kane Williamson could not be more happy with the showing in the first T20I but wants his team to fully focus on the job at hand.

"It was a complete performance that doesn't happen everyday and hope we can keep the momentum through the series having set the tone," he said.

The dangerous 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.

Coming back into the side after playing just one ODI against India, veteran Tim Southee proved his immense value with tidy figures of 17 runs in four over including three wickets.

The spinners, Ish Sodhi and Santner, too were on top of the Indian batsmen, sharing two wickets apiece. 

Squads: 

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.

Match starts at 11.30 AM IST. 

(With PTI inputs)

Comments
Topics mentioned in this article India India Cricket Team New Zealand New Zealand Cricket Team New Zealand vs India Cricket New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20I
Highlights
  • India suffered a humiliating 80-run defeat in the series-opener
  • Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84
  • All-rounder Vijay Shankar was promoted to number three
Related Articles
"Felt I Was Back In India": Nathan McCullum Amazed By Indian Fans In Auckland
"Felt I Was Back In India": Nathan McCullum Amazed By Indian Fans In Auckland
Rohit Sharma Rejoices In India
Rohit Sharma Rejoices In India's "Clinical" Win Over New Zealand
2nd T20I: Record-Setter Rohit Sharma Leads India To Series-Levelling Win Against New Zealand
2nd T20I: Record-Setter Rohit Sharma Leads India To Series-Levelling Win Against New Zealand
Rohit Sharma Becomes Leading T20I Run-Scorer With Record-Breaking Knock
Rohit Sharma Becomes Leading T20I Run-Scorer With Record-Breaking Knock
Controversial LBW Decision Sparks Reaction, Twitter Slams DRS Howler
Controversial LBW Decision Sparks Reaction, Twitter Slams DRS Howler
Advertisement