India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I in Auckland

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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.

Sharma's knock was his 16th T20 half century and took his career tally in the format to 2,288 runs, overtaking New Zealand's Martin Guptill on 2,272.

After opting to bat first, New Zealand were slow to get off the blocks.

The 31-year-old made his T20 debut against England in 2007 and has played 92 matches, averaging 33.15.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is placed fourth in the standings with 2167 runs.

"Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well".

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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. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes.

"We learned from our mistakes and we got the reward for it".

Colin Munro also made a 12-ball 12, but was bowled by the first ball left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya delivered. Krunal, the left arm spinner, picked up the crucial scalps of Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell to leave New Zealand precariously placed at 50 for 4.

"Some smarter options might have given us another 20 runs at the death that would have been really helpful on that wicket".

In reply, India were all out for just 139.

His 50 - part of a 79-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan - included four sixes and three fours off 28 balls.

Earlier, Indian stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma had stated that India should have chased down the target with eight batsmen being in the Playing XI. "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. The series is 1-1 tied and this makes the Hamilton clash a mouth-watering one.

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