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Wake up and smell the coffee or danger losing the series! After a Wellington hammering in the first Twenty20, where the Rohit Sharma-led unit was handed their heaviest T20I defeat (in terms of runs) by Kane Williamson-led New Zealand, the second T20, which will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, becomes a must-win encounter for India. (ALSO READ: New Zealand crush India by record 80 runs)

While India are certain to make a couple of changes – mostly in their bowling unit – with the likes of Mohammad Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav likely to replace Khaleel Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal, New Zealand are likely to retain the winning combination which helped them seal a 80-run win in the series opener. (ALSO READ: We were outplayed in all three departments: Rohit Sharma)

If India lose tomorrow, it will be there first bilateral T20 series defeat since 2016, where West Indies beat them in 2-match series in Florida. If India win tomorrow, we will have a cracker of a finale at the Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday. But before that, it’s time to have some details about the second T20I of the series. (ALSO READ: A complete performance, hoping to carry momentum: Kane Williamson)

What: India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I

Where: Eden Park, Auckland

When: February 8 (Friday)

Time in IST: 11.30 am

Where to watch: Star Sports Network (India)

Live streaming: Hotstar

You can also follow the match LIVE ON Cricketcountry


Probable XI:
1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Rishabh Pant, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), 6 Vijay Shankar, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Krunal Pandya, 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohammad Siraj

New Zealand

Probable XI: 1 Colin Munro, 2 Tim Seifert (wicketkeeper), 3 Kane Williamson (captain), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Doug Bracewell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Lockie Ferguson