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New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson with the Indian team during second T20I Daryl Mitchell was given out leg before off Krunal Pandya but it created controversy
Cary Erickson | 10 February, 2019, 07:41

India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 global to tie the three-match series at 1-1.

The short boundaries notwithstanding, New Zealand persisted with two spinners - allrounder Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi. India's pace bowlers allowed just 53 runs from the last seven overs, during which time New Zealand found the boundary only once. Kiwis won the toss and chose to bat first only to face the attack of Krunal Pandya who dismissed the top order of the team Munro (12), skipper Kane Williamson (20) and Mitchell (1), while Bhuvaneshwar Kumar scalped the wicket of Seifert (12), as Kiwis were reeling at 4/50.

India had no such problem in reply, making a flying start with Sharma leading the way.

There was ample support from Shikhar Dhawan, who made 30, and Rishabh Pant on 40 as India made 162 for three without looking troubled.

The decider of the series will be played in Wellington on Sunday.

2nd T20I preview: A strong comeback will be expected from India after the hammering from New Zealand in the series-opener when the two teams square-up in the second T20 worldwide at Eden Park here on Friday.

De Grandhomme miscued the ball straight to Rohit Sharma after reaching the milestone, ending a 77-run partnership with Ross Taylor which was the highlight of the New Zealand innings. A terrific direct hit from the deep by Vijay Shankar ran out Taylor for 42 off the last ball of the 19th over to add to India's excellent effort in the field.

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While it is a must-win game for India, another victory will seal the series for the hosts who were outplayed 1-4 in the preceding ODIs.

The tourists have stuck with the same team they fielded in Wellington, including eight specialist batsmen, and will back themselves to overhaul the modest target.

The second India vs New Zealand T20I is being telecast on Star Sports Network. They have won 6 matches out of those 8 matches.

"It was a complete performance that doesn't happen everyday and hope we can keep the momentum through the series having set the tone", he said.

"It's usually a pretty good surface here so we'll try to make use of that and get a good total".

He was given out lbw to Krunal Pandya in the seventh over of New Zealand's innings by the on-field umpires, and opted for a review on the insistence of his skipper Kane Williamson, who was at the non-striker's end. However, his captaincy and positive attitude have impressed one and all.