NZ vs Ind 2nd T20: Hosts win toss and opt to bat

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NZ vs Ind 2nd T20: Hosts win toss and opt to bat

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson analysed the defeat and said that his side was at least 20 runs short.

Earlier, India performed well with the ball after New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat, taking early wickets then restricting the Black Caps with some tight bowling to close the innings.

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India registered a comfortable 7-wicket win in the second Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) against New Zealand at Auckland on Friday, leveling the three-match series 1-1.

After suffering their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday night, India don't have a lot of time to introspect with just 24 hours separating the two games.

The hosts set a huge score of 219 for six, thanks to opener Tim Seifert's quick-fire 43-ball 84 as well as Colin Munro and Kane Williamson's 34-run cameos. Mohammed Siraj or Siddarth Kaul are expected to take Mohammed Khaleel's place.

Rohit was aware of the debate that will follow over preferring Krunal over Kuldeep. They lost the 1st T20I at Wellington 80 runs.

"That opening partnership for India really took the game away from us", Williamson said.

The onus was now on Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant to finish the match.

He could not do much in Wellington, getting four off 9 balls before spinner Mitchell Santner bowled him with a fast yorker.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar was promoted to number three and did alright with an 18-ball 27. With Sharma and Dhawan giving India a good start, the men in blue chased down the target with still 7 wickets in hand and 7 balls remaining. The home side will be itching to seal the series in the second T20I.

The bowlers have to take the major share of the credit for India's series-levelling victory.

Meanwhile, the risky opening duo of Colin Munro and Seifert put the Indian pacers under tremendous pressure early on in the innings during the first match and dismissing them cheaply will be crucial for the visitors' chances.

Besides batsmen, New Zealand bowlers had also impressed-with Tim Southee finishing with the figures of three for 17 while Ish Sodhi and Santner too sharing four wickets.

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