MS Dhoni captains India in Rohit Sharma's absence vs New Zealand

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Vijay Shankar's direct hit from long-on found Ross Taylor short of his crease in the second T20I between New Zealand and India at the Eden Park on Friday.

Just 29 runs came from the last four overs as India executed excellently at the death, and to win, the Black Caps needed to produce another brilliant start with the ball.

It was a much-improved performance by the Indian bowlers with Bhuvneshwar Kumar removing Tim Seifert (12) in the third over inducing an inside edge to Dhoni behind the stumps.

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An inside edge was apparent even without the Hotspot technology but New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell fell to a contentious leg-before call during the second T20 worldwide against India. Rohit Sharma became the top run-scorer in worldwide T20s. United States of America is the only country where they have not won a T20I match yet among countries in which they have played the shortest format.

The tourists have stuck with the same team they fielded in Wellington, including eight specialist batsmen, and will back themselves to overhaul the modest target. Rohit Sharma said he wanted to bowl anyway, despite India conceding 219 in the previous game. Rishabh Pant also showed how hard he can hit the ball by scoring an unbeaten 40. 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. Williamson hasn't scored many runs. India won the match by seven wickets to level the series.

"That doesn't happen every day but hopefully we can keep making strides in that direction", he said.

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Around the TV umpire Shaun Haig's controversial decision to send Daryl Mitchell on his way despite HotSpot showing an inside edge, the Blackcaps lost three wickets in nine balls for three runs to Krunal Pandya and after a dazzling 50 from Colin de Grandhomme the hosts were chocked in the back end of their innings. Coming to 3 T20, it will be do-or-die situation for both the sides.

The spinners, Ish Sodhi and Santner, too were on top of the Indian batsmen, sharing two wickets apiece.

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya.

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