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India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, level series 1-1

India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, level series 1-1

During the second T20I of the ongoing India's tour of New Zealand at Auckland, former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again donned the captain's hat as he led the side in the absence of captain Rohit Sharma.

This is also India's first win in New Zealand in T20Is.

Predicted Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

"DD News" is the News Channel of India's Public Service Broadcaster "Prasar Bharati".

The team could replace Ahmed with either Siddharth Kaul or Mohammad Siraj, who warmed the bench on Wednesday. Rohit with 2,288 runs, overtook Martin Guptill, who has 2,272 runs, to become the leading run-scorer in the shortest format of the game and broke several other records during his knock. "We believe that whatever the target is in front of us we can chase it down, but we just couldn't do it tonight", said a disappointed Rohit after the game.

He could not do much in Wellington, getting four off 9 balls before spinner Mitchell Santner bowled him with a fast yorker. It remains to be seen if he gets another shot at the same position or the team brings in Shubman Gill, who would be desperate to perform after the two failures in ODIs. "It was slightly more tricky to bat, but 20 more runs at the death would have been better", said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.




India slumped to an 80-run loss in the opening fixture - their worst ever T20 defeat - and need a win to keep the three-match series alive.

His dismissal reduced the Black Caps to 43 for three, after neither Tim Seifert nor Colin Munro could repeat their performances from Wellington, and Williamson soon followed, also trapped lbw by Pandya - though there was no doubt with his departure.

The spinners, Ish Sodhi and Santner, too were on top of the Indian batsmen, sharing two wickets apiece.

Thanks to Grandhomme's heroics, his half century 50 (28) and his partnership with Ross Taylor who scored a valuable 42 (36) New Zealand finished at 158/8, and Pandya had an impressive figure of 3/28.

Match starts at 11.30 AM IST.


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