Thursday, February 7, 2019

2nd T20I: India seek instant recovery with series on the line

New Zealand, after a poor 2018 in T20Is, are a win way from wrapping up the series.

2nd T20I: India seek instant recovery with series on the line

As in their previous T20I series in Australia a few months ago, India face the scenario of needing to win the second match of a three-game series to avoid a dead rubber.

The opponents this time are New Zealand, who on Wednesday in Wellington handed India their worst defeat, in terms of runs, in T20Is. The teams have hopped up the North Island to Auckland, where on Friday Eden Park will host the second T20I.

India may make a couple changes to their XI, but it could be a case of papering over cracks.

New Zealand, in 2018, won three of 13 T20Is. After losing the ODIs to India, a series win in the T20Is will come as a boost ahead of the World Cup. Their approach to go bang from ball one in Wellington paid off, the result being a record total at Westpac Stadium highlighted by Tim Seifert’s 43-ball 84.

The Blackcaps bat deep, so getting wickets is imperative for India.

What: India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I

When: Friday, January 8

Where: Eden Park, Auckland

Time: 11:30 IST

Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 23 degrees

Teams:

New Zealand

After a terrific all-round performance, no changes are expected.

Likely XI: 1 Colin Munro, 2 Tim Seifert (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Scott Kuggeleijn, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Lockie Ferguson

India

Vijay Shankar, the allrounder, was picked as batsman in the last game, batted at No 4, scored 27 off 18 balls and did not bowl. India may look at playing Kedar Jadhav instead to use his part-time offspin. Alternately, Dinesh Karthik could make way for Jadhav.

Or, to bolster the bowling at Eden Park, India could drop an allrounder and add Siddarth Kaul.

Likely XI: Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Rishabh Pant, 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 Dinesh Karthik/Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Krunal Pandya, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

Stats

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are tied with 19 fifties in T20Is. One from Rohit will put him in elite territory.
Rohit is two sixes shy of 100 maximums in T20Is.
New Zealand have won six of 17 T20Is at Eden Park, losing nine with two tied results.
Quotes

“It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well, and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase although the grounds are small here. But we kept losing wickets and that threw us off.” – Rohit Sharma

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