Senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee feels India are becoming "better and better" away from home and a reflection of that is their performance in the ongoing T20 series.
Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi believes New Zealand need to be more aggressive with the ball against India's world class batting unit during the second T20I to make an immediate comeback in the five-match series. India claimed a six-wicket win in the first T20I after chasing down 204 with relative ease to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
Wicket-keeping alongside batting is a lot more work but India's KL Rahul on Friday said "he is loving" the additional responsibility as it is bringing the best out of him. Rahul scored 56 off 27 balls as his 99-run partnership with Virat Kohli set up the base for India to chase New Zealand's 203 runs in the opener T20 here.
The immensely talented Shreyas Iyer enhanced his reputation as a finisher with a scintillating 29-ball-58 in India's six-wicket victory over New Zealand in a high-scoring first T20 International here on Friday.
Batting first, India amassed a huge 240 for three, riding on a blitzkrieg by K L Rahul (91), Rohit Sharma (71) and skipper Virat Kohli (70 not out).
Opening duo of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana hammered scintillating half-centuries as the Indian women's team notched up a comfortable 84-run win over hosts West Indies in the first T20I here.
Chasing the low target of 127 runs, Aussies were well on course riding Glenn Maxwell's 43-ball 56 but wickets in quick succession towards the end of their chase made life difficult and in the end it was down to two runs needed off the last delivery.
India left four runs short to chase the mammoth target of 212 runs set by New Zealand at the 3rd and final T20 International match played here on Sunday. With this win, New Zealand also won the series 2-1.