Tim Seifert smashed 84 off 43 balls.
India and New Zealand will play their first T20I match of the series, Rohit Sharma and his team would like to start it with a win. Tim Southee, who finished with figures of 3 for 17, outwitted Rohit Sharma with a short ball early in the game, having him caught at deep square leg, and Shikhar Dhawan was then bettered by a 151 kph yorker from Lockie Ferguson. Rishabh Pant will certainly get a nod in the middle order and in some ways this will also be his last audition before the World Cup. Shankar miscued a big hit one ball later, and India were in tatters, with Ish Sodhi's spin yet to come. Dinesh Karthik also dropped a sitter in the deep. Daryl Mitchell on debut was superb with his slower balls, that admittedly purchased more response off the pitch in the second innings. Colin Munro is expected to start the proceedings along with Kane Williamson.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading India's bowling attack with Khaleel Ahmed.
New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert took India bowlers to the cleaners during the first T20i between the two sides on Wednesday in Wellington.
When Latham returned for the ODIs against India, Seifert didn't find a place in the squad.
"Kinda amusing when I got told that I'll be opening the innings", Seifert told Star Sports, after setting up New Zealand's 80-run win with an explosive 43-ball 84, "I YouTubed Brendon McCullum and watched some of his innings". Dhoni batted through to the end of the 19th over but the required rate continued to rise by the time he was caught off Southee, New Zealand were already assured of victory - with Mitchell bowling Yuzvendra Chahal in the final over to confirm it.