Predictions, Probable XI - New Zealand vs India 2nd T20

Predictions, Probable XI - New Zealand vs India 2nd T20

India and New Zealand will be competing against each other in the second match of the ongoing T20 series at Auckland on Sunday. India are 1-0 up in the series after chasing down 204 in the first match.

New Zealand will be looking to bounce back in the series. Despite putting on a strong 203 on the board in first match, the home side weren't able to defend that.

Full Scorecard : New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20 at Auckland

Head to Head Stats :
Total Matches : 12
New Zealand Won : 8
India Won : 3
Abandoned : 1

Result Prediction :
India would be on a high after their splendid batting performance in the previous encounter. I would give it a 60-40 in favor of India. Both on paper and on form, India looks favorite for me.

Pitch Condition :
Most probably, the second ODI will be played on the same pitch that was used in first match. Similar to the previous match, batsmen would probably fancy their chances with short boundaries and flat pitch. But remember, this is the used pitch and hence it might get slower as the match progresses. Someone like Ravindra Jadeja or Mitchell Santner might prove to be a handy option especially in the second innings. As a whole, it should be a high scoring battle between the two sides.

Fantasy Tips :
Whenever India and New Zealand are in the ground, the obvious names for fantasy picks will be the skippers, Virat and Williamson and yes they are the safe bet this time too. But in case any fantasy managers want to go for a differential pick, Indian opening batsman KL Rahul has to be the one. Rahul has been in good touch and been consistently performing irrespective of the format. You can even go for captaining Rahul.

Rohit was unfortunate to miss out on the first match and will be eager to score a big one this time around. You cannot leave Jasprit Bumrah, the death over specialist by any means as always. From New Zealand, Colin de Grandhomme can be a good option because of his bowling style that might suit the pitch in this match.

Players to Watch Out For :
India : KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma
New Zealand : Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell Santner

New Zealand's Probable Playing XI :
Martin Guptill
Colin Munro
Kane Williamson
Tim Seifert
Ross Taylor
Colin de Grandhomme
Mitchell Santner
Tim Southee
Ish Sodhi
Hamish Bennett/Scott Kuggeleijn
Blair Tickner

India's Probable Playing XI :
Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul
Virat Kohli
Shreyas Iyer
Manish Pandey
Shivam Dube
Ravindra Jadeja
Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammad Shami
Jasprit Bumrah
Navdeep Saini/Shardul Thakur

Ritesh Ghimire

Ritesh is a Computer Engineer, Web Developer and an active cricket follower. Being the founder of LetzCricket, he has been watching and analysing Nepali and International cricket and sharing his opinions through LetzCricket.