IND vs NZ 2nd T20I: New Zealand to play with the same team as the visitors opt to bat first

New Zealand has won the toss and opted to bat first in the 2nd T20I match against the hosts India. Santner, the captain of New Zealand confirmed that the visitors will be playing with the same team.

Mitchell Santner: We are gonna have a bat. The stats say that it’s challenging to chase here. We’ll try to get some runs on the board and see what it does. We had a tough one-day series, it was nice to bounce back with a win. Different guys stepping up at different times is always nice. It’s never easy to beat India at home. That partnership between Surya and Hardik put them right back in the game. The key is to take wickets through the middle, that’s the best way to slow them down. You got to take that (bigger ground dimensions) into account. Same team.

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While the stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya wished to bat first, the blues will be looking to strike back after the embarrassing loss in the 1st T20I.

India was utterly baffled by New Zealand two days ago in Ranchi. The visitors are confident they can win the T20I series after a strong performance with both bat and ball. The only bright spot for the hosts came in the form of Washington Sundar, who marked brilliance with his excellent batting performance.