After completely crushing India in the First T20I, the Kiwis take on the Men in Blue tomorrow hoping to win the second game as well and thus seal the series in their favor. India, on the other hand, would like to bounce back and give the Black Caps a run for their money.
New Zealand would like to field the same eleven that dismantled the Indians at Wellington. India, however, would look to solidify both of their departments, chiefly the batting line-up as the Indian middle-order other than MS Dhoni is completely inexperienced.
India are almost certain to drop Vijay Shankar and Krunal Pandya in favor of Kuldeep Yadav and Shubman Gill. The inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav would aid the Indian bowling attack as the Chinaman was one of the chief tormentors in the ODI series. Shubman Gill, on the other hand, would solidify the Indian batting order, as the Punjab batsman is a solid batsman that India need if they are two down inside the first six overs.
Bowlers in red hot form – In the last couple of matches, the Kiwi bowlers have gotten back to form, bundling down the Indian batting order thrice in the last three matches. They have not only troubled the Indian batsmen early into the innings but have also continued disturbing them in the middle and slog overs while also restricting the visitors to low scores. Considering the form they are in, we expect the bowlers to again dominate the proceeding against the Indian batsmen in Auckland.
Presence of T20 stars – A side that already boasts of T20 stars such as, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner, have further unveiled a new star in the first T20I in the name of Tim Seifert. The Kiwi T20I wicket-keeper turned out to be an explosive batsman, just like his predecessor Brendon McCullum and thrashed the Indian bowlers all over the park. Thus, the present Kiwi lineup boasts of T20 stars who can turn the complexion of the game single-handedly.
Inconsistent batting order – The Kiwi batting line-up although boasts of a lot of talent, somehow, they are inconsistent. The batting order is yet to come as a unit and play an innings together. In the entire ODI series and even in the first T20I, the batting unit has hung on with individual performances, and this needs to change against a quality bowling attack such as India if they are to win the series.
Presence of genuine all-rounders – The present Indian team boasts of quality all-rounder who are well adept in both departments. Players such as Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, and Kedar Jadhav are all equally threatening in their batting while they are in bowling. Thus, this helps the Indians to gain stability in their playing eleven and play either an extra batsman or extra bowlers as the situation arises considering the conditions.
Daunting bowling attack – Except the last game, the Indian bowlers have performed superbly in the series, dismissing all the ten batsmen in an innings in four out of five matches. Thus, even though the Indians are without their spearheads, such as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, yet they possess quality bowlers in their ranks who can dismantle the opposition’s batting line-up at ease.
Inexperienced middle-order – I had already mentioned while predicting for the first T20I, and would like to repeat the same that after KL Rahul was sent back home after his comments on the Koffee with Karan Show and Virat Kohli being rested for the resent series, apart from MS Dhoni, the middle-order that consists of Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik are highly inexperienced in international circuits and this could prove to be a worry for team India, if the Kiwi bowlers once again get past them quickly to get an upper-hand in the game.
We expect the Kiwi bowlers to get past the inexperienced Indian middle-order quickly and try to get an upper-hand in the game. And with a quality batting line-up that the Black Caps possess, we expect New Zealand to once again dominate the proceedings and win the match and series against an inexperienced Team India.
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