After comfortably winning against New Zealand at Napier, Team India would like to double their advantage as the action shifts to Mount Maunganui for the second ODI. India are all expected to dominate this match too after a convincing victory against the host in the last match, and this will be aided by the fact that Bay Oval has traditionally been a spinners paradise.
The hosts would like to bring in an additional spinner for the Bay Oval ODI as the pitch has traditionally been a spinners paradise. They would also like to bring in Colin de Grandhomme as an all-rounder to further strengthen the batting department that failed miserably against the Indian bowling unit.
India, on the other hand, would look to play an unchanged eleven after annihilating the Kiwis in the Napier ODI. They would be very pleased playing at the Bay Oval which will assist the spinners as they know that they can rip-off the Black Caps batting line-up easily through their quality leg-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Looking at the size of Bay Oval, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, would be very pleased as he possesses spinners that can get rid of the oppositions batting-order by getting them to play lofted shots that can be caught at deep. The one player that India might tempt to drop from their playing eleven will be Ambati Rayudu, who had looked patchy in the first ODI at Napier and also at Australia. Dinesh Karthik might get a chance to prove himself again if Rayudu is axed from the playing eleven of the second ODI.
Here’s the prediction of the Second ODI that will be played in Mount Maunganui tomorrow:
Consistent returns form the middle-order – Apart from the first ODI against India at Napier, the Kiwis middle-order have been at its best scoring the majority of the runs for the team and thus aiding their team to post respectable totals that help them win matches. The likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, and Henry Nicholls have all shared the responsibility equally and this is the reason why New Zealand have been so successful in recent years.
Inability to tackle spinner – One thing that we learned from the Napier ODI and also from the Kiwis’ series against Pakistan in UAE is that the Kiwi batsmen apart from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are unable to pick and tackle the spinners, and hence end up giving away their wickets easily which piles pressure on the lower-order who are equally incompetent to negate the spinners.
Misfiring Kiwi attack – Although one cannot judge the Kiwi bowlers’ performance in the First ODI as there were not many runs to defend, yet if we dwell in the recent past, the Kiwi bowlers ended up giving away 873 runs in three matches against a weak Sri Lankan batting order, and 710 runs in three matches against Pakistan in the UAE series.
Daunting bowling attack – The Indian bowlers in the last two matches have picked up wickets at regular intervals and have completely desolated their opposition which has resulted in India easily marching towards victory without any hindrance. And as the pitch is expected to assist the spinners at Mount Maunganui, the same is expected of the Indian bowlers especially the spinners in the second ODI as well.
Top-Order batsman on red hot form – Since the 2015 Cricket World Cup, all of the Indian top-order batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan have been in red-hot form with one out of the top-3 playing throughout the Indian innings thus helping the Men in Blue to post competitive totals. Even in the second ODI, either of Rohit, Virat or Shikhar is expected to play the anchor role and thus help their team to post a massive total.
The number-four conundrum – Ever since Ajinkya Rahane was dropped from the ODI squad for having a weak strike rate and his inability to rotate strike after the South African series in 2015, India have tried out various options at this position and yet in three years, they are unable to find a solution to this problem.
The recent player who has been tried out in this position is Ambati Rayudu and after a decent performance against West Indies in India, the Hyderabad middle-order batsman has looked scratchy and patchy against both Australia and New Zealand. India would have to find an answer to this question and should try Shubman Gill and Dinesh Karthik in the same position to solve the conundrum if Rayudu fails in the second ODI as well.
We expect India to win the second ODI and double their advantage against the Kiwis since the pitch is expected to help the spinners. The hosts, however, still cannot be written off. Their balance at all fronts is a unique strength in today’s cricketing circle.
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