Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs India 2nd T20I 2019

Ravi Shastri MS Dhoni

Ravi Shastri MS Dhoni

The first T20 clash was Kiwis' game completely as India were handed their biggest ever T20 defeat by margin of runs. "I've been picked for some reason and I just backed myself". Kaul in particular has proved to be most effective in the shortest format and has 94 wickets from 85 outings with an average of just 23.68. Kedar Jadav would be a useful addition as he could chip in with a few overs while also contributing with the bat. Meanwhile, Kiwis are determined to win the series after ODI loss. Gill was impressive in last year's IPL scoring 203 runs in just 13 matches and will relish the opportunity to display his vast array of shots.

Hosts New Zealand came back to winning ways after crushing India in the first T20 on Wednesday, and they will look to seal the series in the second match here on Friday.

On the New Zealand side, there seems no place for change as both bowlers and batsmen were excellent with their parts.

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.

Probable playing 11 for India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav. Kiwis scored 219/6 before dismissing India for 139, bagging victory by a massive 80 runs. Wicketkeeper and opener Tim Seifert performed outstandingly well as he played a blitzkrieg 84-run knock off 43 balls with 7 fours and 6 sixes.

Man-of-the-match Seirfert reflected: "It was a great way to start the series".

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