After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, hosts New Zealand set a target of 133 for in-form India in the second T20I being played at Eden Park in Auckland. Both the captains have fielded the same teams that played on Friday at the same venue. India is leading the series 1-0.
Pacer Shardul Thakur drew the first blood as he trapped Martin Guptill after the latter made 33 runs. In a quick succession, Colin Munro and Colin de Grandhomme fell prey. Coming at number 6, the wicketkeeper-batter Tim Seifert kept the scorecard ticking for Kiwis as he scored 33 runs laced with two sixes and a boundary.
Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers for India as he snared two wickets while conceding only 18 runs in 4 overs. Unlike the first T20I, New Zealand could only score 132 runs in 20 overs. The Kiwis batsmen left a bigger challenge for the bowlers with India comfortably chasing down the huge target of 204 in the first T20I, this could be a mere cakewalk for Men in Blue.
Scorecard: New Zealand 132/5 in 20 ovs (Martin Guptill 33, Tim Seifert 33 n.o; Ravindra Jadeja 2/18) vs India.