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Photo Gallery: 5 players to watch out for in India-New Zealand 2nd T20I

Feb 07, 2019, 17:18 PM IST

Tim Seifert emerged as a match-winner for New Zealand in the first T20I, having managed to score only 42 runs in eight T20I matches earlier. The 24-year-old cricketer made his presence felt, scoring 84 runs from 43 balls in an innings, which comprised of seven boundaries and six sixes. Seifert whose previous best score in T20 Internationals happens to be 14, was promoted to open alongside Colin Munro (34 off 20 balls) and they added 86 runs in only 8.2 overs in a whirlwind start. New Zealand were able to post a gigantic total of 219/6 on the board, largely on the back of his knock. Seifert would look to carry this form in the second T20I at Auckland. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@ICC)


New Zealand pace-bowler Tim Southee was amongst the top performers for the hosts in the first T20I. On a flat batting track with short boundaries, Southee recorded figures of 3-17 in 4 overs. The 30-year-old fast bowler accounted for the key wickets of Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Krunal Pandya, with his exciting fielding skills also on display. Southee completed a brilliant catch off a turning delivery by Ish Sodhi to send Dinesh Karthik back to the dressing room. The cricketer further enjoys the ability to contribute with the bat, making him all the more valuable. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@ICC)


MS Dhoni was one of the key performers for India with the bat in hand. A poor performance by the veteran could have resulted in the loss being all the more embarrasing. However, Dhoni who is known for his match-finishing abilities, made his presence felt by playing the anchor's role during the opening clash. Adequate support from the other end could very well have resulted in the final scoreline being all the more different. Dhoni's innings of 39 runs came from 31 balls, with five boundaries and one six. Dhoni will be expected to make his presence felt in the 2nd T20I as well. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI)


Shikhar Dhawan was the leading run-scorer in T20 internationals last year. His tally of 689 runs in the year 2018, was also the most by any batsman in T20I's in a calendar year. He has started off 2019, from where he left off last year. In the first T20I of the series, he scored 29 runs at a strike rate of above 160. His innings came of just 18 balls combined with two fours and three sixes, before getting dismissed off an accurate delivery by Lockie Ferguson. Dhawan will be expected to carry this form into the 2nd T20I as well. (Photo Courtesy: PTI)


Pace-bowler Lockie Ferguson's dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan in the first T20I, was referred by many as the 'turning-point of the match'. The yorker delivery bowled at a speed of 151 kph left the batsman who was adjudged leg before wicket, in no position to play the shot. The 27-year-old was one of the top performers for the Kiwis, picking two wickets while conceding just 22 runs during his four-over spell. Ferguson will be looking to register another quality performance in the second T20I. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BLACKCAPS)

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