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Shankar played a gorgeous shot into the downtown territories but tried one too many and was caught the next ball at midwicket. Mitchell with the scalp.
Sportsman spirit and all that...
Ferguson and corkers
Lockie Ferguson can bowl corkers or crackerjack deliveries. In the first T20I, he bowled an awe-inspiring yorker and now has bowled a nasty bumper - on both occasions Dhawan was the batsman dismissed.
It was a pacy delivery and followed Dhawan. The left-handed batsman, who likes to free his arms, was cramped for room and could only top edge it to de Grandhomme at deep backward point. Can that wicket lift New Zealand?
Rohit in supreme touch
In the sixth over, Rohit took on a quick delivery from Ferguson and clubbed him on the rise via square of the wicket on the off side. Geez! It can't be that easy to nonchalantly lift a fast bowler.
He continued to blaze away... lofting Santner high and handsome into the stands. He soon completed his half century with a single off Santner. India are on course for a series-levelling victory.
100 sixes for Rohit!
Dhawan had one scare when he attempted to pull one of Lockie's rockets but could just about clear mid on. At the other end, Rohit smacked one of his typical sixes, carting Ferguson over midwicket. When Rohit cracks it, it stays hit.
When Mitchell came on to bowl, he nonchalantly flicked over fine leg and with it reached the milestone of 100 sixes in T20Is. The Indian batsmen makes six-hitting look easy. A rare combination of power and timing.
Brilliant, brilliant stuff from India. In the last five overs, the duo of Khaleel and Bhuvneshwar generated swing with the old ball and also used a variety of yorkers - followed the batsmen and bowled a few wide ones - to curtail the hitting range of Taylor and co.
On the other hand, Taylor could have skipped down the track to put the bowlerS off their lengths. The hosts are about 25 runs short of a par score.
Hardik and Khaleel pulled back the momentum a bit. Due to Grandhomme's powerful blows, the ball must have also hit the concrete stuff a few times. Hence, Hardik also found a hint of reverse swing. Eventually, after reaching his fifty, the all rounder drove one straight to Rohit at extra cover. Huge blow...
Colin de Grandhomme is looking in ominous touch. The all rounder, renowned for his lusty blows, thumped Chahal for two sixes and a boundary. When he lifts it straight, Grandhomme looks really good. He also flicked and tonked Krunal into the stands. Raw power. Audacious. Pyrotechnics.
New Zealand are surging back..
Krunal is firing on all cylinders!! He dislodges the bedrock of New Zealand, Williamson. It was a trademark arm ball from the spinner and Williamson was pinned down on the back foot. Plumb in front. The hosts are in dire straits at 51 for 4.
Some controversy in the middle. Mitchell was given out LBW. However, the batting all rounder took the review. Initially, as he hadn't used the system before he wasn't sure of employing it. However, he had a discussion with Williamson and opted for it.
The HotSpot showed an inside edge but RTS didn't show any spike. The third umpire believed as the technology wasn't conclusive enough in terms of an inside edge. The HawkEye then indicated it would crash into the stumps.
Mitchell and Williamson debated with the on field umpires. But eventually Mitchell had to trudge back. In all likelihood, there was an inside edge but it comes down to the third umpire as to whether he was satisfied that there was conclusive evidence.
Earlier, Krunal also dismissed Munro in the same over. New Zealand in a spot of bother.
Williamson and clockwork precision
It was Colin Munro who upped the ante with a nicely timed six down the ground. Poor bowling from Khaeel as he dished up a length ball. Williamson then gave a glimpse of his class by playing late, opening the bat face and bisecting the gap through the right of cover point. Needlepoint precision and sweetly timed.
The first strike
Well, Seifert can't repeat the heroics of the first game - he has been prised out by the reliable Bhuvneshwar. He cracked a four and a six in the third over before Kumar got one to hold its line and produce the edge.
Swing for Bhuvneshwar
Bhuvneshwar and Khaleel found swing and repeatedly beat Seifert's bat. Maybe the duo could have bowled a touch fuller to elicit the edge. It isn't surprising that the ball has swung up front at Eden Park. It usually does at Eden Park and Westpac.
After their respective national anthems, the players are out in the middle. We are ready for some fast-paced action!
Toss and teams
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Krunal Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Chahal
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tim Seifert(w), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Rohit Sharma: "We were looking to bowl first anyway. I know we lost the last game, but chasing has been our strength. We have spoken about what we need to do with bat and ball. Hopefully we can get a win today. We just need to do the right things and do them consistently. We discussed what went wrong in the last game. Hopefully we won't repeat them. We are playing the same team. I know there will be a lot of talk about Krunal and Kuldeep. Kuldeep has been top class for us."
Kane Williamson: "We are going to bat. Usually a good batting surface here. It's always a great opportunity to play against India. Same team for us today."
New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bat. Runs on the board and hope to put the opposition under pressure - the mantra of Williamson.
Pitch - "It of sheen suggests it could be good for batting. No grass cover, so that means the ball could grip for the spinners and probably they could use the bigger side boundaries to their advantage."
Middle order issues...
In the recently-concluded five-match ODI series against India, New Zealand smelled defeat time and again. During the rubber, New Zealand's cricketers were seen standing with their hands on hips, looking quite vanquished. It felt as if they were looking at nothingness.
But athletes take pain and swallow it, with winning and losing being part and parcel of sport. New Zealand's cricketers, too, showed the required self belief and fighting spirit to pick themselves up and win the first T20I by a comfortable margin.
Tim Seifert (84), known for his hitting prowess in domestic cricket, put up a brilliant exhibition of power-hitting. Tim Southee, who usually generates swing at Westpac, took three scalps. In the end, it was a clinical show from the hosts.
Meanwhile, the formidable Indian side will aim to bounce back. The likes of Khaleel, Bhuvneshwar and Hardik were expensive with the ball, while the top order couldn't fire at Westpac. For the second game, Shubman, Kaul or Kuldeep could come into the equation.
In a few minutes time we will bring to you all the updates from the match...
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