Overs 18.5: Rishabh Pant drills the penultimate delivery past the bowler as India overhaul the target to complete a seven-wicket win. India made 162/3 in reply to New Zealand’s 158/8 and thus drew level at 1-1 to keep the three-match series alive.

Overs 18: Easy peasy, no rush from Dhoni or Pant as they bring India further closer to the target. Eight runs from Ferguson’s final over. IND 156/3, chasing 159

Lockie Ferguson returns to finish his quota

Overs 17: Rishabh Pant shows his power again as he muscles one over the midwicket boundary for his first six to bring the asking rate below six  an over.  12 runs from the over. IND 147/3, chasing 159

Overs 16: Ish Sodhi finishes his quota of four overs, giving away six runs in his last. IND 135/3, chasing 159

Overs 15: MS Dhoni gets off the mark with a four off the second delivery faced. Seven runs from the over. IND 129/3, chasing 159. India need 30 off 30 now

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni walked to the middle amidst a loud ovation. New Zealand have summoned Tim Southee

Overs 14: New Zealand did pick up a wicket but Mitchell’s first over has turned out to be an expensive one. Rishabh Pant guided the penultimate delivery to fine leg for his second four to make it 15 runs from the over. IND 122/3, chasing 159

Overs 13.4: OUT! Just when it looked Vijay Shankar is into the groove, he is undone by a clever change of pace by Daryl Mitchell. Shankar carted him for a four first-ball and a ball later, lifted him over long-off for a SIX. However, Mitchell changed his pace, dropped one short and Shankar ended up being caught near the boundary. He scored 14 off 8. IND 118/3, chasing 159

Overs 13: Kuggeleijn does well to limit India to six runs off his first five deliveries. Vijay Shankar breaks the shackles as he lifts the sixth delivery over the infield and a desperate Kane Williamson sprints back in hope of getting a hold of the ball but it falls quite far and a one-bounce four. 10 runs from the over. IND 107/2, chasing 159

Scott Kuggeleijn is back into the attack

Overs 12: Rishabh Pant finally gets his timing right as he powers one through mid-off for his first four of the innings. A good over for India. 9 runs from it. IND 97/2, chasing 159

Overs 11: So New Zealand are slowly crawling back into the game. Just five runs in Ferguson’s third over. IND 88/2, chasing 159

Overs 10.5: OUT! Lockie Ferguson beats Shikhar Dhawan with the pace and the India opener ends up top-edging one to be caught by Collin de Grandhomme for 30 off 31. IND 88/2, chasing 159

At the halfway stage, India are 83/1 and need 76 off 60 balls. The game still hangs in the balance

Overs 10: End of a superb over from Ish Sodhi that has given a life to NZ’s hopes of defending 159. Six runs and a wicket. IND 83/1, chasing 159

Overs 9.2: OUT! That’s a big wicket for New Zealand. Rohit Sharma holes out to Tim Southee off Ish Sodhi as he looks for another big hit. A half-tracker but he failed to put that away. End of an excellent knock from the India captain that has laid a solid platform for the chase. IND 79/1, chasing 159

Overs 9: Rohit Sharma is unstoppable when in full flow. He lifts one from Mitchell Santner straight into the sightscreen for his fourth six of the innings and then follows it with a single that takes him to his FIFTY. IND 77/0, chasing 159

Overs 8: Bam! Rohit Sharma belts his third six of the innings and with that, he overtakes Martin Guptill to become the leading run-getter in T20Is. 11 runs from the over. IND 66/0, chasing 159

Ish Sodhi from the other end

Overs 7: A good first over from the left-arm spinner. Just five singles in it. IND 55/0, chasing 159

Spin introduced in Mitchell Santner

Overs 6: FIFTY UP FOR INDIA! India have made a solid start with the openers adding 50 runs in Powerplay overs. Rohit 31*, Dhawan 18*. IND 50/0, chasing 159

Overs 5: Shikhar Dhawan welcomes him back with back-to-back fours – one over mid-on and the second through mid-wicket. 9 runs from the over. IND 42/0, chasing 159

Tim Southee is back

Overs 4: Rohit Sharma puts his foot on the accelerator and takes on Kuggeleijn smacking him for a four and following it with a SIX – his 100th of T20I career. 12 runs from the over. IND 33/0, chasing 159

Overs 3: Rohit Sharma sends the first delivery sailing into the stands for the first six of India innings. Later, Shikhar Dhawan latches onto a bouncer but doesn’t connect it well and the ball balloons high in the air and falls safely. Good over for India. 11 runs from it. IND 21/0, chasing 159

First-change straightaway – Lockie Ferguson, right-arm fast, into the attack

Overs 2: A good over from Kuggeleijn – just four singles in it. IND 10/0, chasing 159

Right-arm medium-pacer Scott Kuggeleijn joins from the other end

Over 1: Rohit Sharma gets a boundary off the second delivery – guides it over point region. Two more singles make it six from the over. IND 6/0, chasing 159

Tim Southee with the new ball in his hand and on strike is India captain Rohit Sharma

We’re back with India’s chase. This doesn’t look a decent total but New Zealand nevertheless will fancy their chances. Indian batting, after failing in the first T20I, will have to fire tonight to draw level. NZ fielders have entered the field. And here come the two Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

India have dominated this fixture despite Colin de Grandhomme’s blitz in the middle overs that saw him notching up a maiden T20I fifty. They struck regularly, didn’t dole out freebies and were eventually rewarded. India need to score 159 to keep the three-match series alive.

Innings Report: India limit New Zealand to 158 after umpiring howler

19.6: OUT! Khaleel Ahmed finishes the innings on a high as he cleans up Tim Southee with the last delivery. Southee scored 3. NZ 158/8 in 20 overs

Overs 19.2: OUT! Mitchell Santner chops one from Khaleel Ahmed to be bowled for 7. NZ 154/7

Overs 19.1: DROPPED! Scott Kuggeleijn takes the aerial route and Hardik Pandya sprints to his left but cannot hold on to the catch. Kuggeleijn gets off the mark. NZ 154/6

Overs 18.6:  OUT! Excellent from Vijay Shankar. He fires a direct-hit from long-on at the non-striker’s end as Mitchell Santner pushes his partner for a double. However, an accurate throw catches Taylor short of the crease as he’s run out for 42. NZ 153/6

Overs 18: Ross Taylor starts the over with a four towards deep-midwicket. Hardik Pandya comes back well to keep them quiet, allowing five singles off his next five deliveries. 9 runs from the over. NZ 145/5

Overs 17: Seven runs from Bhuvi’s third over of the innings. NZ 136/5

Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns for a second spell

Overs 16: End of a productive over for India – eight runs and a wicket in it. NZ 129/5

Overs 15.4: OUT! And that’s the end of De Grandhomme’s innings, right after completing his half-century. De Grandhomme goes for the big shot but his placement isn’t perfect as Rohit Sharma accepts his second catch of the match. Hardik Pandya gets his first wicket. He scored 50 off 28. NZ 127/5

Overs 15.3:  A quick double from Colin de Grandhomme takes him to his maiden T20I FIFTY off just 27 deliveries. This has been one excellent knock from the allrounder as it has guided his team out of trouble.

Final five overs to go now. How much can NZ push the total to? They have done well to recover from 50/4.

Overs 15: A good over from Khaleel Ahmed as well. Ross Taylor, though, managed to pinch a four in it after sweeping one past the fine leg region. Seven runs from it. NZ 121/4

Khaleel Ahmed returns as well

Overs 14: A bit long over from Hardik Pandya as he bowled two consecutive wide deliveries. Barring that, a decent over from the medium-pacer. Nine runs from it. NZ 114/4

Bowling change: Hardik Pandya is back into the attack

Overs 13: 100 up for NZ! The current partnership between De Grandhomme and Ross Taylor is now worth 55. Meanwhile, Taylor has just scored his first four of the innings. NZ 105/4

Overs 12: Colin de Grandhomme is putting an exhibition of power hitting here as he now takes on the best bowler of the innings so far. Krunal Pandya has been ripping through NZ batting but this time he has been second-bested by De Grandhomme who smacks back to back sixes off him. 18 runs from the over. His figures: 4-0-28-3. NZ 97/4

Overs 11: New Zealand are fighting back after that breathless passage of play that saw them losing wickets in quick succession. Colin de Grandhomme has taken the lead as he smacks Yuzvendra Chahal for two straight sixes and a four off consecutive deliveries. 19 runs from the over. Score 79/4

Overs 10: Another good over from Krunal as he keeps NZ batsman on a leash, allowing just four singles. NZ 60/4 at the halfway stage

Overs 9: Yuzvendra Chahal continues. Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in. NZ have to ride this nervy phase to come back now. India look in complete control. Just five runs from the over. Score 58/4

Overs 7.5: OUT! Krunal Pandya is running through NZ batting order. He has another wicket and it’s the prized scalp of captain Kane Williamson who has been given out lbw. A quicker one from the left-arm spinner that beats Williamson for pace and that looks plumb. India are on top. He scored 20 off 17. NZ 50/4 

Overs 7: Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal walks into the attack right after the end of Powerplay overs. Five singles from his first over of the match. NZ 48/3

Overs 5.6: SCENES! Daryl Mitchell given lbw despite getting a clear inside edge! Mitchell goes on the backfoot but his hit on the pads. Indians appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Mitchell straightaway shakes his head. They review it. Hot spot picks up something. But the TV umpire says there’s no bat involved. The on-field umpire has raised his finger. Kane Williamson is stunned and so is Mitchell. They aren’t leaving. Rohit having a chat with the aggrieved party. MS Dhoni joins in. But unfortunately, the batsman will have to walk back. He scored 1. NZ 43/3

Overs 5.2: OUT! Krunal Pandya strikes with his second delivery of the match! Tossed up and Colin Munro ends up playing one towards Rohit Sharma at cover who takes a decent catch. He scored 12 off 12.  NZ 41/2

Double-bowling change – Krunal Pandya replaces Khaleel Ahmed and will deliver the final over of Powerplay.

Overs 5: Kane Williamson is just a sight to watch when in full flow. He cleverly guides one from Pandya past MS Dhoni for his second four of the innings and then caresses one through the gap between the cover fielders for another four. 10 runs from the over. NZ 40/1

First bowling change from Rohit Sharma – Allrounder Hardik Pandya into the attack, replacing Bhuvi.

Overs 4: Colin Munro gets underway as he deposits one from Khaleel Ahmed over long-off for his first six of the innings. His captain Kane Williamson then gets his first boundary by guiding one past cover-point region for four. 13 runs from the over. NZ 30/1

Overs 3: So a productive over for India as they have gotten rid of dangerman Seifert early. NZ captain Kane Williamson is the new man in. 12 runs and a wicket in Bhuvi’s second over. NZ 17/1

Overs 2.3: OUT! Tim Seifert had broken the shackles having struck a four and a six off successive deliveries from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, Bhuvi came back strongly to induce an edge that was easily caught by MS Dhoni. Seifert scored 12 off 12. NZ 15/1

Overs 2: Another good over from India. This time it’s Khaleel Ahmed who does well to keep the NZ openers quiet with clever change of pace and bowling a tight line. Just two runs from the over. NZ 5/0

Khaleel Ahmed from the other end

Over 1: A very good first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He’s getting some movement here and has twice beaten Tim Seifert who went hammer and tongs in the previous fixture. Just three runs from the over including one off a wide. NZ 3/0

11:29 am: We’re done with the national anthems. India were pummelled in the last encounter but have kept faith in the same playing XI as have the hosts. A loud cheer from the Eden Park crowd greets the teams. New Zealand openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is warming up at this bowling mark. We are all set!

11:25 am: Time for the national anthems

11:14 am: TOSS REPORT: Unchanged NZ bat vs unchanged India

Quote unquote

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.

KANE WILLIAMSON:  “Usually a good batting surface here. It’s always a great opportunity to play against India. The guys always look forward to play against them.”

11:02 am: New Zealand win toss, opt to bat against India in Auckland. Both teams are fielding the same side.

Playing XIs

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Krunal Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav

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

10:48 am: Meanwhile, India women have lost to their New Zealand counterparts in the 2nd ODI to by four wickets to concede the three-match series 0-2 with a game remaining. Batting first, India batting struggled, once again, as they posted 135/6, largely thanks to Jemimah Rodrigues’ 72 off 53.  In reply, India bowlers fought well bun the hosts clinched the victory off the last ball of the match to seal the series in their favour.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2nd T20I between India and New Zealand to be played at Eden Park, Auckland.

PREVIEW

As in their previous T20I series in Australia a few months ago, India face the scenario of needing to win the second match of a three-game series to avoid a dead rubber.

The opponents this time are New Zealand, who on Wednesday in Wellington handed India their worst defeat, in terms of runs, in T20Is. The teams have hopped up the North Island to Auckland, where on Friday Eden Park will host the second T20I. (DEEP DASGUPTA COLUMN: India played the wrong XI)

India may make a couple changes to their XI, but it could be a case of papering over cracks.

New Zealand, in 2018, won three of 13 T20Is. After losing the ODIs to India, a series win in the T20Is will come as a boost ahead of the World Cup. Their approach to go bang from ball one in Wellington paid off, the result being a record total at Westpac Stadium highlighted by Tim Seifert’s 43-ball 84.

The Blackcaps bat deep, so getting wickets is imperative for India. (READ MORE: A complete performance: Kane Williamson)

What: India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I

When: Friday, January 8

Where: Eden Park, Auckland

Time: 11:30 IST

Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 23 degrees

Teams:

New Zealand

After a terrific all-round performance, no changes are expected.

Likely XI: 1 Colin Munro, 2 Tim Seifert (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Scott Kuggeleijn, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Lockie Ferguson

India

Vijay Shankar, the allrounder, was picked as batsman in the last game, batted at No 4, scored 27 off 18 balls and did not bowl. India may look at playing Kedar Jadhav instead to use his part-time offspin. Alternately, Dinesh Karthik could make way for Jadhav.

Or, to bolster the bowling at Eden Park, India could drop an allrounder and add Siddarth Kaul.

Likely XI: Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Rishabh Pant, 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 Dinesh Karthik/Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Krunal Pandya, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

Stats

  • Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are tied with 19 fifties in T20Is. One from Rohit will put him in elite territory.
  • Rohit is two sixes shy of 100 maximums in T20Is.
  • New Zealand have won six of 17 T20Is at Eden Park, losing nine with two tied results.

Quotes

“It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well, and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase although the grounds are small here. But we kept losing wickets and that threw us off.” – Rohit Sharma

“Fantastic performance all around, everyone rose and it was one of those complete performances that you search for.” – Kane Williamson