After losing a high-scoring thriller in the first match of the series, India will be gunning for revenge against the Black Caps. Will the Men in Blue make a come back to level the ODI series?
The Virat Kohli led side had an off-day at Hamilton. They would be focussed and will look to level the series to increase their chances to win a series in New Zealand, which is a rare occurrence for the Men in Blue.
New Zealand, on the other hand, played their first ODI after their World Cup final debacle and performed admirably well. The absence of Kane Williamson wasn’t felt as they sailed towards their target.
India recently came back from one game down to win the series against Australia and would look to do an encore. Whereas, the Black Caps would look to seal the series here against a strong Indian side.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nichols, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (C) (WK), Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, and Kyle Jamieson/ Mark Chapman.
India: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Mitchell Santner vs Virat Kohli
With Ish Sodhi being surprisingly called up for red-ball duties in the middle of the series, the onus to remove the Indian captain will be on Mitchell Santner. Virat Kohli looks a bit fidgety against spinners at the start of his innings and the left-armer can capitalize on that.
The spinner didn’t have much of an impact in the first match of the series as he went for 58 runs without taking any wicket. He will look to bounce back at Eden Park, where the drop-in pitch is a bit sluggish.
Kohli, on the other hand, is going through a lean patch given his high standards. The Premier ODI batsman will look to shoulder the responsibility in the absence of Rohit Sharma. He has scored a solitary ODI century in New Zealand and he will look to better that record.
Kohli is the glue that holds the Indian middle-order together and if he is knocked out early, New Zealand’s chances of taking a two-nil lead in the series will get a massive boost.
Ross Taylor vs Jasprit Bumrah
Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s most experienced batsman and he showed his prowess in the first ODI as he scored an unbeaten century to take his team home in a huge chase.
The former captain also has a tremendous record against the Men in Blue. He broke Nathan Astle’s 14-year old record of scoring most ODI runs against India by a New Zealander.
Whereas, Jasprit Bumrah didn’t have a great first match as he went wicketless as India couldn’t defend 347. Also, he looked rusty and bowled 13 wides in his spell.
Still, Bumrah is the leading ODI bowler and India’s best bet to stop the marauding Taylor. India will look to bring their trump card to knock off Taylor early in his innings. If he fails to do so, Taylor can again make the Indians pay.
New Zealand recorded their second-highest ODI chase as they chased down 347 against the Men in Blue. Their morale will be high and they will look to cause another upset against their higher-ranked opponents.
India, on the other hand, would be hurting. They have been struck with injuries to a few key players but this Indian side can never be counted out. Although the Black Caps are playing at home, the Virat Kohli led side is one of the best sides in recent memory.
We at Cricwizz believe that India will get the better of the Black Caps and will level the series.