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India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Live Streaming: When & Where to Watch Live Telecast on TV & Online

India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I on January 26 (Sunday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network and live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played in Auckland and will begin at 12:20 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog (IND vs NZ).

Cricketnext Staff |January 26, 2020, 1:09 PM IST
India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Live Streaming: When & Where to Watch Live Telecast on TV & Online

India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I on January 26 (Sunday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network and live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played in Auckland and will begin at 12:20 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog (IND vs NZ).

"It's definitely getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium and playing straight. That's how compressed the game has become."

This is how Virat Kohli described the cramped cricket calendar ahead of the first T20I against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday. Just five days earlier, India had taken on Australia in Bangalore.

The schedule only gets tougher with the second T20I on Sunday at the same venue, with just one day break in between. India are leading the five-match series after a six-wicket win in the first game, which gave them more reason to take a much-needed off-day on Saturday.

India would know what to expect on Sunday - another tough day for the bowlers, with batsmen set to make merry. Even 203 that New Zealand posted wasn't enough, as India chased it down with an over to spare. The Eden Park is known for small boundaries, and the flat pitch made life even easier for the batsmen.

India will be pleased with Friday's win, not just because of the result but because it gave pointers towards the future. India played KL Rahul as the wicketkeeper dropping Rishabh Pant, and he made a half-century. Shreyas Iyer's unbeaten 29-ball 58 would have pleased India even more, as it finished the game. India will now believe they have some good options for the middle order in a finishing role - something they've missed in recent times.

Rahul and Iyer's forms will ease pressure off Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, allowing them to play with more freedom at the top.

India's bowlers would have realised the ideal length for Eden Park wicket. Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami were expensive, bowling either too short or too full. Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah bowled relatively tighter, 'restricting' New Zealand to 203. That the target was gettable with an over to spare tells a lot about the conditions.

Bumrah had twisted his ankle in his final over on Friday and received on-field treatment immediately. However, he was able to bowl out the remaining four deliveries, which are positive signs for the visitors. India are expected to retain the same XI unless they are forced to make a change.

New Zealand's bowling department struggled in the absence of the injured duo of Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson. Tim Southee wasn't quite at his best as he went wicketless in his four-over spell and conceded 48 runs. New Zealand's fielding was not at its best too, although Martin Guptill and Southee took a couple of good catches in the deep. Ish Sodhi dropped Kohli while Rahul survived a simple run out opportunity, which cost New Zealand the game.

Their batters, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor all scored half-centuries. Their bowlers will have to step up though, for another tough game awaits.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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