Less fancied teams had their moments in a cup of upsets from Namibia shocking Asian champions Sri Lanka in the opener to Ireland knocking out two-time champions West Indies in round one.
India Capitals won by 104 runs.
'One of Rajasthan Royals owners slapped me across face three-four times': Ross Taylor's explosive claim
The Kiwi said that he was slapped by the franchise's owner after he was dismissed for a duck during a game against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in Mohali.
In his autobiography "Black and White" released on Thursday, the legendary batsman says he endured racially barbed comments from teammates but does not specify at what level of the game in New Zealand
Former New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor is not averse to returning on the cricket field, albeit as a T20 player or as a coach.
Taylor's inclusion headlines a strong mix of BLACKCAPS hopefuls and rising stars in the NZ XI squad which will be captained by Michael Bracewell.
In the rain-shortened second Test, New Zealand are still in with a chance of a win going into the final day.
Taylor, 33, whose first century was also at Seddon Park against England in 2008, said before the Test that Crowe wanted him to break his record.
It took the 33-year-old Taylor 83 Tests to get to his 17th century compared to 77 for Martin Crowe and 61 for Kane Williamson.
The Indian batsmen struggled against the Kiwi bowlers and could only manage a total of 280/8 in their 50 overs.
New Zealand rode on a 200-run stand between Latham and Taylor to register a six-wicket victory and take a 1-0 lead.