India is all set to lock horns with New Zealand in the second T20I at Eden Park, tomorrow. Will the hosts bounce back in the series or will the Men in Blue build on their lead?
Well, after a thrilling first T20I contest, it is quite tough to say who will excel in this encounter. Even though India registered a comfortable victory in the first game, the Black Caps did manage to put up a huge total of 203 runs.
The Men in Blue chased down the score with six wickets in hand and six balls spare, but the Kiwis were in the game till the 17th over of the match. The brilliant batting display from Shreyas Iyer assured India to victory in the starting T20I.
New Zealand did bat well but the injury issues were seen in their bowling unit. None of the bowlers were able to create pressure on the visitors, which the Kiwis will try to rectify in this game. We might also see a couple of changes in the bowling unit as the game is going to be played on the same ground.
India: K L Rahul (WK), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Tim Seifert (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
Colin Munro vs Jasprit Bumrah
In the first T20I, Colin Munro gave a thrilling start to his team and once again he will be eyeing for the same kind of opening. The Kiwi opener was the highest scorer for his side as he scored 59 runs off 42 balls.
Munro didn’t spare any Indian bowler; however, he didn’t face Jasprit Bumrah a lot during his innings as Virat Kohli was saving his key bowler for the death overs.
The Indian pacer was brilliant at the death, but his side would like to see him picking a few early wickets that will stop the hosts from putting up a huge total. Bumrah managed to pick one wicket and gave 31 runs in his four overs spell in the first T20I.
It will be interesting to see, whether Kohli will use his trump card to get rid of Munro early in the innings or will he use a medium pacer that will send the Kiwi opener back to pavilion at the beginning of this game.
Hamish Bennett vs KL Rahul
This is most probably going to be a one-sided battle as KL Rahul is in form of his life, while Hamish Bennett made his debut for the Kiwis in the last game. The Indian opener gave a solid start to his side after Rohit Sharma departed early in the match.
Rahul went on to score 56 runs off 27 balls, which included four boundaries and three maximums. The Indian opener will try to target Bennett as the Kiwi bowler didn’t have a great start to his international career.
The Kiwi pacer failed to pick a wicket and went for 36 runs in his four-over spell. This game is going to be played at the same ground and it will be tough for Bennett to control the in-form Indian batsman. The pacer, however, has to raise his confidence because this is his home pitch and if he fails here again, then he might be rested for a while.
We can expect another high scoring thrilling battle in Auckland, tomorrow. As the two sides have brilliant batsmen and keeping the dimensions of the ground in mind, it will be tough for bowlers to control these lethal players.
The Indian bowlers failed to strict the hosts to a low score but one of the reasons behind it was less time to rest. The Men in Blue, however, are a quick learner and will surely step on the ground with a new game plan.
The Kiwis would like to win the toss and bowl first as their bowling unit is quite weak in comparison to their batting line-up. The Indian team, however, is in brilliant form and it doesn’t seem that the current Black Caps are capable of defeating them.
So, once again, Cricwizz believes that this encounter will end in favor of the Men in Blue. The win won’t come easily but looking at the momentum and confidence, India will increase their lead to 2-0.