After kickstarting the three-match T20I series against New Zealand with a crushing defeat in Wellington, India will look to stage strong comeback when they take on the hosts in the second match at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday.
Kane Williamson has won the toss and New Zealand will bat first.
# Wicket! Bhuvneshwar gives an early breakthrough to India by removing opener Seifert for 12 runs. MS Dhoni top-scored for India, scoring 39 while Vijay Shankar and Dhawan scored 27 and 29 respectively.
The spinners, Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal, did alright but the team management will also consider including chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.
The players are out in the middle and we are about to get underway with the respective national anthems of the two teams. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant all failed to get going as New Zealand asserted their authority over India in T2oIs once again.
He could not do much in Wellington, getting four off 9 balls before spinner Mitchell Santner bowled him with a fast yorker. Kiwis outclassed Team India by 80 runs and registered their first victory in the 3-match series. Kuldeep Yadav could be brought in and all-rounder Kedar Jadhav could be given a chance in place of Krunal Pandya or Vijay Shankar. The Men in Blue rarely looked in contention to chase down the total and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.
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.
The unsafe opening duo of Colin Munro and Seifert put the Indian pacers under tremendous pressure early on in the innings and dismissing them cheaply will be crucial for the visitors' chances. He conceded just three runs from it which included one wide down the leg side.
The short boundaries notwithstanding, New Zealand persisted with two spinners - allrounder Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi.
Khaleel Ahmed will now bowl the second over of the day.
Man-of-the-match Seirfert reflected: "It was a great way to start the series".