Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

NZ vs Ind 2nd T20: Hosts win toss and opt to bat

Ravi Shastri MS Dhoni MS Dhoni. Image Courtesy Getty
Shannon Reynolds | 08 February, 2019, 09:52

India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I Dream 11 prediction: Rohit Sharma and men, who were on the seventh heaven after defeating New Zealand in the Test and ODI series, were brought to the ground in the 1st T20i match at the Wellington. The strong Indian bowling line up was wreaked-havoc by Kiwi batsmen as they put a big total of 219 runs with the loss of 6 wickets in their respected 20 overs.

As India gear up to bounce back from the heavy defeat in the first T20I against New Zealand, former India skipper and coach Anil Kumble has a word of advice for them.

Opener Tim Seifert took the Indian bowlers to cleaners with a 43-ball 84 and visitors must have a plan to contain him on Friday.

Man-of-the-match Seirfert reflected: "It was a great way to start the series".

New Zealand, on the other hand, will be keen to deliver a similar kind of performance as they gave in Wellington and seal the series with a game to spare. Captain Kane Williamson, experienced Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme could turn out as other run-getters for the hosts. In reply, Dhoni top-scored for India with 39 runs as they were bundled out for 139. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant all failed to get going as New Zealand asserted their authority over India in T2oIs once again.

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The short boundaries notwithstanding, New Zealand persisted with two spinners - allrounder Mitchell Santner and legspinner Ish Sodhi. In the middle-order Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya are capable of scoring big.

The spinners, Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal, did alright but the team management will also consider including chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.

With India now in do-or-die situation, Anil Kumble feels the visitors should attack New Zealand with two regular spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Probable playing 11 for New Zealand: Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.

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