India will be keen to bounce back in the second T20 International in Auckland on Friday after crashing to their heaviest defeat in the shortest format in Wellington. On Wednesday, India were blown away by 80 runs after failing to chase 220.
India wouldn’t be too worried about the batting implosion at Westpac Stadium. Faced with a stiff target, they needed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to fire on all cylinders. Once that did not happen, India wanted to see what Vijay Shankar could do with the bat. There were sparks of brilliance but Rishabh Pant would be gutted with the way he got out.
The game in Wellington was as good as over when Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya got out in the same over. Without Virat Kohli at No.3 and without a quick start from their famed opening pair, India succumbed to the scoreboard pressure.
Then there is no Jasprit Bumrah – he was rested after his heroics in the Australia Tests. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed were taken to the cleaners while Hardik, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Yuzvendra Chahal proved ineffective.