However the fact that doesn't depict the favorable scenario for India is that they lost to New Zealand 0-2 when they toured there for their first bilateral series in February 2009. Only Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle are ahead of him with 103 sixes, while Rohit Sharma is at 98. He dispatched 2 sixes and a four off Scott Kuggeleijn, a bowler who was also at the receiving end of Vijay Shankar's pyrotechnics. "It's just that on the given day, he was better". Rishabh Pant will certainly get a nod in the middle order and in some ways this will also be his last audition before the World Cup.
Sodhi struck with the wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya in his maiden over, effectively wiping off India's batting spine in a space of five legal deliveries. Daryl Mitchell on debut was superb with his slower balls, that admittedly purchased more response off the pitch in the second innings. They may even further consolidate their winning habit as they now take on beleaguered New Zealand in T20 Internationals.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading India's bowling attack with Khaleel Ahmed. Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart blasting 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand posted a commanding 219 for six.
India were equally poor in the field dropping at least three catches.
When Latham returned for the ODIs against India, Seifert didn't find a place in the squad.
The Black Caps have claimed first blood in their T20 series with India, romping to a 80-run win in Wellington. However, New Zealand's total score was 159/ 4 in 20 overs, opening batters couldn't hold the ground for long. hey did not start as Suzie Bates was caught out by Taniya Bhatia off Radha Yadav's bowling when the score was just 11. Karthik dropped another catch, that of Ross Taylor on 19 off Hardik Pandya this time.