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India vs NZ, 2nd T20I Live: Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to bat

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Over 5: Kane Williamson smashes Pandya for two boundaries in his opening over. Brilliant footwork from the New Zealand skipper. 10 runs off Pandya’s over. NZ 40/1

Rohit Sharma brings Hardik Pandya into the attack

Over 4: Expensive over from Khaleel. A massive six from Munro and a classy boundary from Williamson. NZ 30/1

Over 3: Bhuvneshwar makes a solid comeback after being hit for a boundary and a six by Seifert. NZ 17/1

Over 2.3: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar strikes to get rid of dangerman Seifert for 12 runs. New Zealand 15/1

Over 2: What a start from left-arm seamer Khaleel. Just two runs off his over. NZ 5/0

Khaleel Ahmed comes into the attack.

Over 1: Excellent start from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The medium pacer concedes just 3 runs. Seifert 1*, Munro 0*. NZ 3/0

New Zealand openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro are making their way to the middle. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India.

Both teams have lined-up for their national anthems.

CAPTAINS’ TAKE:

Rohit Sharma:

We were looking to bowl first anyway. I know we lost the last game, but chasing has been our strength. We have spoken about what we need to do with bat and ball. Hopefully we can get a win today. We just need to do the right things and do them consistently. We discussed what went wrong in the last game. Hopefully we won’t repeat them. We are playing the same team. I know there will be a lot of talk about Krunal and Kuldeep. Kuldeep has been brilliant for us. It’s just that we want to see other guys as well, especially in overseas conditions. Having one bad game doesn’t say anything. We need to give them more games to understand what they have in them.

Kane Williamson:

We are going to bat. Usually a good batting surface here. It’s always a great opportunity to play against India. We are up against one the strongest teams in world cricket. Same team for us today. It was one of the those days where people come and perform their role and it comes off. We know it doesn’t happen day in day out (talking about the first T20I). We were really good in the last game. Hopefully we can keep making strides in that direction.

Playing XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed

New Zealand: Tim Seifert (wk), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson

TOSS: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to bat against India in Auckland.

PREVIEW:

After the 80-run hammering on Wednesday, a desperate India will be eyeing a strong comeback against New Zealand in the second contest of the three-match Twenty20 rubber at Eden Park on Friday.

While the visitors face a must-win situation, another victory for the Kiwis will seal a series victory win for them.
In the first game, neither the Indian batsmen nor the bowlers clicked as they succumbed before a clinical all-round show by the hosts. Kiwi opener Tim Seifert (84 off 43) hammered the Indian bowlers all around the Park on Wednesday and it would be crucial to pack back him early today.
Source : timesofindia

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