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Below-Par India Look To Level-Series In The Second T-20

| 2 months ago

Having inflicted the worst defeat in the T-20’s in terms of runs at Wellington, Team India will look to seek revenge as both teams will square up in the second T-20 in Auckland on Friday. 

While New Zealand will expect to replicate their performance in the second T-20 as well, Team India, on the other hand, would like to forget about the defeat and win back lost ground. 

It was an odd day for the India seamers on Wednesday as the trio of (Bhuvneshwar, Khaleel, and Krunal) combined went for 132 runs in 12 overs. 

Despite losing the toss, New Zealand were off to a rollicking start, courtesy an 86-run opening stand between  Munro and debutant Tim Siefert as Indian bowlers couldn’t fetch early wickets to inflict any damage to the New Zealanders. 

Skipper Williamson, Taylor and Kuggelejin’s cameo in the latter half of the innings did help to impose an improbable target of 219 for India to chase in the first T-20. 

India on Wednesday played with as many as eight batsmen, however, failed to chase a mammoth 220-run total posted by New Zealand as India’s middle order fragility was once again on display with Rohit and Dhawan departing early in the innings.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar made a handy 18-ball 27 in the first match; however, his cameo might not be enough to give him one more chance with Shubhman Gill waiting to make the most of his next opportunity going ahead at the second T-20.

Both the keepers Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Kartik failed to make a mark in the first T-20 as the contention to choose one of the two for the World Cup still prevails.

In a bid to level the three match-series, Rohit Sharma would perhaps bring in Kuldeep Yadav to add strength to their bowling line up. Also, either one from Siraj and Siddharth Kaul would get a chance to showcase their skills in the second T-20 in place of an underperforming Khaleel.  

New Zealand outclassed India in all three departments on Wednesday as they lead three-match series 1-0 with two matches left to play.