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Both Taylor and Williamson scored 25-ball half-centuries!

Both Taylor and Williamson scored 25-ball half-centuries!

Rohit falls early

Six and out for India's vice captain. Mitchell Santner bowls an expensive first over but he's got one prize scalp. Rohit goes straight off the first ball to get a six, but looks to hit the next one across the line. There's a hint of spin for Santner and that's enough for a horrible miscue from the batsman. The top-edge is gobbled up by Taylor at point!

Here's VK!

Chase begins - Can India get to 204?

Rahul and Rohit out in the middle. Southee has the ball!

Taylor scores rapid 50; New Zealand pass 200

A 25-ball half-century for Ross Taylor as well. His first in T20I cricket after six years. There's a minor injury scare for Bumrah in that final over when he twists his ankle at the edge of that drop-in pitch. He was down in pain but thankfully for India there is no damage done.

India will be looking at their fielding once again. A four over throw in the final over allows New Zealand to pass 200. They finish with 203. It's a solid score for the hosts!

Deepu Narayanan @deeputalks Three 50+ scores for a team in a T20I Ind vs Eng Durban 2007 SA vs Eng Mumbai WS 2016 Aus vs SL Adelaide 2019 Ind vs WI Mumbai WS 2019 NZ vs Ind Auckland 2020 * + matches involving two Full Member teams #NZvIND 08:33 AM • Jan 01, 2020

Wicket at an inopportune time

Williamson completed his fastest T20I century - off 25 balls - but he has been dismissed off the next ball by Chahal with a loopy delivery bowled wide of off-stump. The timing is not opportune because Bumrah comes back the next over to give away just four runs and take a wicket.

Williamson, Taylor begin the final push

Just a brief consolidation and NZ are off once more. This push begins with a Kane Williamson slog that Yuzvendra Chahal completes messes up in the deep by standing at least 7 steps from the rope. It goes for six just over his head. Then Taylor steps it up a notch in the next two overs, going 4 and 6 off Jadeja and then smoking 22 off Mohammed Shami.

India reeling once more after appearing to have made a good comeback.

The Thakur redemption

It just looked like an overall bad day for Shardul Thakur when he came for a third over and was smoked for two sixes by Williamson. But he has redeemed himself somewhat by eventually getting Munro out with that short ball. For all his early running, Munro finishes with 59 off 42. Good score but not a great one in the T20 context.

India turned that 1 into 2, or rather were allowed to do so, when in the next over Colin de Grandhomme flicked a Jadeja delivery straight to short fine. Nothing delivery really. India can look to pull that run-rate down with Jadeja just coming on against two right-handers - KW and Ross Taylor: 13 overs: 121 for 3

A mini comeback through spin; Dube strikes

Two overs for eight from Chahal. Top stuff from the leggie, who has done well against New Zealand. His discipline has allowed Dube to give India the breakthrough. Good short delivery from the medium-pacer lulls Guptill into a pull. He doesn't time it well and Rohit Sharma takes a good catch in the deep. End of an 80-run stand!

68 from the PowerPlay

And no wickets for India to show. Thakur has been off colour. New Zealand haven't taken any undue risks against Bumrah while Shami's variations haven't had the desired effect as yet.

Time for Chahal. He's been picked over Kuldeep in keeping the ground's dimensions.

Shaky from Thakur

"Get rid off the baggage at Eden Park," the commentators say. It's been a horror start for the Mumbaikar. He concedes 18 off his second over (the fourth off the innings) and then misfields one at third-man to concede another four.

The over was particularly unforgiving for Thakur with Munro going after him and his pace not enough to hurry the southpaw. The pick up short over the bowler's head is a particular highlight of the over and the top edge over the keeper's head is frankly a little harsh.

India rusty and it's very visible

Shami shows off some variations

Slower one and the now common short-ball ploy against Munro have been attempted by Mohammed Shami. Munro is up to the task, pulls that one in front of square for another boundary.

India move that fielder a little bit squarer (Shivam Dube) against Shardul Thakur.

Guptill & Munro out to bat. The familiar duo. Jasprit Bumrah has the ball in his hand. Let's go!

Interesting start. Seven runs from the Bumrah over but the intent from Guptill was fun to see. Just the second ball he took a couple of steps down the ground and lofted the seamer over mid-off for four.

Shardul Thakur starts from the other end. He errs with his line for a four to fine leg and then Colin Munro gives an early demonstration of how short the straight boundaries are by mistiming a loft for six. Solid start for New Zealand 19 from 2 overs.

Bharat Sundaresan @beastieboy07 Not surprisingly more Indian jerseys and flags at Eden Park than ?Kiwi? ones. Actually only a single NZ flag spotted. It is going to feel like an away game for the [email protected]? like Tim Southee predicted #NZvIND [email protected]? 06:37 AM • Jan 01, 2020

Toss & Teams - India elect to field

The staple T20 mantra, especially on a small ground like Eden Park - treat it like a game at Chinnaswamy. Kohli opts to bowl. Interestingly, India are not playing either Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson. So, as expected, KL Rahul will play as keeper and opener.

Also, Ravindra Jadeja has pipped Washington Sundar to that No.7 spot while India are going for Chahal over Kuldeep in the spin department.

And New Zealand? They have handed a T20I debut to Hamish Bennett - remember him? he made his Test debut with Kane Williamson - three years after Bennett played for New Zealand.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett

Pre-match reading - The Grant Elliott seat

We are at Eden Park and that should instantly transport you to 2015 and that incredible World Cup semifinal. Our man Bharat Sundaresan looked around the stadium, spotted one green seat that stood out and realised it was painted that way to commemorate that Grant Elliott six!

Naturally he caught up with the now retired cricketer and churned out a classic piece. You do not want to miss this !

The CricViz Analyst @cricvizanalyst India have a poor record in T20Is in New Zealand. In five matches in the country, they've won only one T20I with a win percentage of 20% - the lowest of all the countries they've played in this format. Kohli's men will look to turn this around in this five-match series. #NZvIND 06:12 AM • Jan 01, 2020

Prelude - 1st T20I

19th January - ODI in Bengaluru || 24th January - T20I in Auckland. There are quick turnarounds and then there's this. Somewhere, some administrator is responsible for this scheduling, but he'll get some insurance from the T20 WC that has thrown the narratives straight away into combinations.

Does Rahul continue as keeper in T20 cricket? It would seem so as per Virat Kohli's admission yesterday. Does Pant play as a pure batsman or will it be Samson? Can Navdeep Saini step it up in the T20 format?

Many questions await India, who are still looking for their first T20I series win against New Zealand. This five-match series is particularly important for Kohli & Co. in this World Cup year given they've found their toughest challenge in the format against the Black Caps.

What about New Zealand then? They are coming from a rather chastening tour of Australia and are without two of their key performers in Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson. If there's something going for them, it is that they don't have jetlag to deal with and that could just prove to be the difference between the two sides heading into this Eden Park opener!

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