Rohit Sharma scored a half-century after becoming the leading run-scorer in T20Is to lead India to a series-levelling win. New Zealand were batting first and did not get the start that they would have expected.
"DD News" is the News Channel of India's Public Service Broadcaster "Prasar Bharati". India's pace bowlers allowed just 53 runs from the last seven overs, during which time New Zealand found the boundary only once.
His 50 included four sixes and three fours off 28 balls. His counterpart Colin Munro also showed the back for 12 runs.
He himself would like to lead from the front after scoring 1 on Wednesday and a significant contribution will also be expected from Rishabh Pant, who is in the running for a World Cup berth.
The third and final match of the T20I series will be played in Hamilton on Sunday.
Not even the seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar was spared as he, alongside Hardik Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed, leaked 12 runs an over. With a harried two, de Grandhomme raised his maiden T20I fifty off 27 balls with a harried two and drove the next ball from Hardik straight into cover's lap.
Shankar, fielding at long-on, hit the stumps at the non-striker's end as Taylor struggled to make the ground.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-15 (Seifert, 2.3), 2-41 (Munro, 5.2), 3-43 (Mitchell, 5.6), 4-50 (Williamson, 7.5), 5-127 (de Grandhomme, 15.4), 6-153 (Taylor, 18.6), 7-154 (Santner, 19.2), 8-158 (Southee, 19.6). It was India's first T20I at the Eden Park and the Indian team was just brilliant throughout.
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson said everything clicked for the hosts in the first match in Wellington and they wanted to maintain momentum.
New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell was given out lbw on the field to Krunal Pandya and the decision was upheld by TV umpire Shaun Haig despite HotSpot indicating the batsman had inside-edged onto his pad.