Less than a week after losing the World Cup final, New Zealand now stand on the verge of losing another series, unless of course they can spring a surprise tonight against India, to whom they lost the series opener two days ago.
The Kiwis are missing several regulars, and so their playing eleven in the first T20I featured several newcomers and fringe players. Of the new additions, Mark Chapman impressed with a 63 but Rachin Ravindra only got seven runs whereas Todd Astle was expensive with the ball.
It was a disjointed effort, with the score of 164 largely coming off the bat of just two batsmen: Chapman and Martin Guptill (70). To beat India in India, however, you need a more of a team effort.
India won the opening T20I but it was far from a comfortable win. Their bowlers were in trouble when Chapman and Guptill were in full flow whereas they had to wait till the final over to chase down the target of 165.
That said, some of their players did have their moments in the game. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, for instance, swung the ball nicely and finished with tidy figures of 2-24. Then new captain Rohit Sharma got 48, while Suryakumar Yadav also contributed 62 off just 40 balls.
Being up 1-0 means there is no real need for India to make any changes to their playing eleven but if they had to, they might want to bring in Yuzvendra Chahal for Axar Patel, who was the only wicketless Indian bowler in the opening match.