Blackcaps v India: New Zealand bowlers exposed on short Eden Park boundaries

The Blackcaps admit they got their tactics wrong against India in their T20 series opener and will have to be smarter with the ball in the second encounter.

After posting an imposing 203, New Zealand succumbed to the pressure, as Virat Kohli's men took an early series lead.

Initially, the Blackcaps batsmen ran riot, with openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in good touch, but even big scores have proved to be tough to defend on Eden Park's shorter boundaries. 

And their bowlers felt the full force of a relentless Indian batting line-up.

Spinner Ish Sodhi concedes they didn't help themselves, with inaccuracies in their bowling brutally exposed.

"It's just one of those grounds," he says. "You bowl good balls and they go for six, you bowl bad balls and they go for six."

Kohli and KL Rahul were the chief destroyers, and Sodhi acknowledges his side need to be more aggressive if they're to take early wickets.

"That's a great learning to take out of the last game as well, because if you are too defensive on that ground, you can go for runs and miss out on dismissal opportunities."

And the Blackcaps had plenty. Rahul should've been run out when he was on 27, but Tim Southee failed to execute. The Indian opener went on to make 56.

Blair Tickner should've had Virat Kohli when he was on 33, but Sodhi couldn't hang on to a high catch in the deep.

"The Eden Park lights for catching are quite unique," shrugs Sodhi. "That's what I'm saying... I'm just throwing excuses out there." 

But there's no excuse for class and that's exactly what India's batsmen showed.

The Blackcaps could only rue missed chances.

"If you're able to get three or four [wickets] early, and build that pressure, then you can get ahead of the game," says captain Kane Williamson. "But credit to the way India played and chased that total."

They have plenty to address before game two on Sunday.

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