Courtesy the win on Friday, India took their tally of T20I wins in New Zealand to 2.
Auckland, despite a general consensus of being a good chasing ground, has seen only 9 successful chases in 21 games, with 9 of those being won by the side batting first. However, in the last 6 matches, the side batting first has only won once.
Ish Sodhi could become the fourth New Zealander to bag 50 T20I wickets if he manages a wicket against India on Sunday.
India have not won four consecutive T20Is since the Nidahas Trophy in 2018. Although they strung four victories without a defeat in 2019 too, the 1st game against South Africa, which was rained out, broke that trend.
Venue Details and Pitch Report
26 Jan, 12:20 PM IST
Eden Park, Auckland
Shaun Haig, Christopher Brown
The pitch played true to its run-scoring characteristics on Friday and though, the same surface might be used on Sunday, drop-in pitches, akin to the one at Eden Park, aren't susceptible to sluggishness, meaning that another high-scoring game could be on the cards.
Weather is not expected to play spoilsport on Sunday, although there remains a question mark over the arrival of dew. It tweaked things slightly on Friday and a hint of dew could have an impact on Sunday too.
A couple of days ago, India flexed their batting muscles as they chased down a challenging total with an over to spare. Additionally, most of their bowling weapons functioned well, meaning that New Zealand could only manage 25 runs in the last 3 overs, something that ultimately proved pivotal. Thus, the game could be won or lost, depending on the Black Caps' ability to post an above-par total against a strong batting line-up or be capable of hunting down a substantial target, despite the presence of Jasprit Bumrah.
Moreover, the hosts boast a significant home advantage, courtesy their knowledge of the angles of an oddly shaped ground and that could be something they might want to utilize more, especially with the ball in hand.