File photo of Rohit Sharma (R) and Shikhar Dhawan. Photograph:( DNA )
India suffered their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday. The 'Men in Blue' lost the first game by 80 runs after New Zealand had put up a mammoth total of 219 runs.
Indian cricket team will leave no stone unturned to make a strong comeback after the hammering from New Zealand in the series-opener when the two teams lock horns in the second T20 International at Eden Park on Friday.
India suffered their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday. The 'Men in Blue' lost the game by 80 runs after New Zealand had put up a mammoth total of 219 runs.
Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him.
Seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over.
The team could replace Ahmed with either Siddharth Kaul or Mohammad Siraj, who warmed the bench in the first game.
The spinners, Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal, did perform but the management will also consider including chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.
The lack of fight in the run chase was a big disappointment, as mentioned by captain Rohit Sharma in Wellington. Despite having eight batsmen in the eleven, India lost by 80 runs.
"As a team, we have been good at chasing down targets which is why we play with eight batsmen. 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.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar was promoted to number three and gave a decent performance, considering the runs other batsmen scored, with a 18-ball 27. 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.
Meanwhile, captain Kane Williamson could not be more happy with the showing in the first T20 but wants his team to fully focus on the job at hand.
Coming back into the side after playing just one ODI against India, veteran Tim Southee proved his immense value with tidy figures of 17 runs in four over including three wickets.
The spinners, Ish Sodhi and Santner, too were on top of the Indian batsmen, sharing two wickets apiece.
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson(c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.