India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Match Preview, Predicted Eleven and Head to head 

nz vs ind.2nd odi

ind vs nzAfter a disappointing loss in Hamilton, India will square up against New Zealand in what will be a must-win game for the visitors on Saturday.

India suffered a crushing 4-wicket win in the first ODI as their bowlers put up a disappointing performance in a high-scoring affair. Having notched a mammoth 347 run total in the first innings, the bowlers failed to build pressure and produce wickets in the middle overs and as a result, the Kiwis chased the total down easily with 11 balls to spare. india vs nz 3rd odi

While Shardul Thakur had the worst figures of all, bowling duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja too were hammered all around the park. The spinner combined to concede 144 runs in their 20 overs. With the series on the line, it would be interesting to see if Kohli would replace Yuzvendra Chahal with Ravindra Jadeja, however, the chances are second to none. 

Looking at India’s batting form at this point; Virat Kohli should stop taking Shardul’s batting prowess as an added advantage over Navdeep Saini and bring the latter into the playing eleven. Also, considering the smaller dimensions in Auckland, the onus would be on the likes of Bumrah and Shami to build pressure and stop Kiwis from making big partnerships. 

Despite Rohit Sharma’s absence, India have been prolific with the bat. India’s middle-order is looking as solid as ever, while the new opening duo of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw would be hopeful of converting their starts into bigger totals. mayank agarwal and prithvi shaw

Having suffered a 5-0 drubbing in the recently concluded T20 series, New Zealand have put some life back into the tour. A stellar display of batting by the likes of Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and Tom Latham helps them win the first ODI and thereby lead the 3-match ODI series 1-0.

Opener Henry Nicholls struck a masterful 78 off 82 balls, while Ross Taylor remained played an unbeaten match-winning knock of 109 runs off 84 balls. The duo gave a wonderful start to the chase before Taylor and stand-in skipper Latham combined to help Kiwis romp home in the end. 

Leading the series 1-0, New Zealand would not want to make any changes in the starting eleven, but with Sodhi picked only for first ODI and Scott Kuggeleijn ruled out of second ODI due to injury, Kyle Jamieson is likely to make his debut on Saturday. India, on the other hand, would be tempted to make at least one if not many changes in the line-up. 

India’s predicted eleven: 

  1. Prithvi Shaw 
  2. Mayank Agarwal 
  3. Virat Kohli 
  4. Shreyas Iyer
  5. KL Rahul 
  6. Kedar Jadhav 
  7. Ravindra Jadeja 
  8. Mohammad Shami 
  9. Navdeep Saini
  10. Kuldeep Yadav 
  11. Jasprit Bumrah 

New Zealand Predicted Eleven: 

  1. Martin Guptill 
  2. Henry Nicholls 
  3. Tom Blundell 
  4. Ross Taylor 
  5. Tom Latham 
  6. James Neesham 
  7. Colin de Grandhomme 
  8. Mitchell Santner 
  9. Tim Southee 
  10. Kyle Jamieson.
  11. Hamish Bennett