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

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

Unfortunately for the Kiwi contingent of the 36,961 fans at Eden Park, Rohit Sharma quickly put an end to those hopes, smacking 50 off 29 balls as he passed the injured Martin Guptill to become the highest run-scorer in twenty20 global history. But Sodhi had the last laugh when Rohit -after completing his 16th T20I fifty - was holed out in the deep in the deep in the 10th over.

Rishabh Pant (40no off 28) and MS Dhoni (20no off 17) took India to victory, Pant sealing the win when he drove Scott Kuggeleijn down the ground for four.

Rohit smashed three boundaries and four sixes in his entertaining 29-ball 50.

Both sides are unchanged from Wellington, meaning Kuldeep Yadav continued to sit out with India fielding three allrounders in the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal - and Vijay Shankar.

Talking about the match, India sealed a 159-run chase in the penultimate over of the match without much discomfort.

The risky 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.

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Then Krunal struck. To his second ball, Munro mistimed a booming shot to cover for 12 and then off the last ball of the over, Mitchell was given lbw when he missed a flat arm ball when playing around his front pad. From the nonstriker's end, Williamson walked down to Mitchell - playing his second global match - and had a word with his partner after which the rookie requested a review. Rishabh Pant also showed how hard he can hit the ball by scoring an unbeaten 40.

India celebrate the fall of a wicket.

His team dominated New Zealand with bat and ball to avenge an 80-run loss in the opening fixture in Wellington - India's heaviest ever T20 defeat.

Ross Taylor was forced to run singles as the hit-me balls dried up and de Grandhomme was also slowed down.

Taylor departed on 42 after a superb run out from Vijay Shankar, who made a direct hit on the stumps after firing the ball in from deep in the outfield.

But the hosts have been plagued by inconsistencies and that is something which will surely hurt the team which takes a lot of pride in playing some high quality cricket.