The first ODI of the series saw Newzealand securing a convincing victory against India, owing to a gritty knock from Captain Kane and the heroics of Tom Latham. India took quite a few positives from the game though, one of them being an impressive debut for the speedster Umran Malik.
The two teams played quality cricket in the first match and the same is being expected from the upcoming encounter.
As we March into the second ODI of the series, New Zealand would like to seal the series with a win whilst India would be eying a comeback.
India couldn’t capitalise on their impressive performance with the bat as the Kiwis comfortably chased down a target of 308 in the first ODI. The team needs to address the issues in its bowling department.
Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer put on a good display with the bat while Washington Sundar played an expeditious cameo. Umran Malik had a debut to remember as he ended up picking two wickets ( Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell ).
The other six players failed to impress, and it’s time for them to step up and clinch a victory for the team in a must-win game.
New Zealand made a comeback in the first ODI after losing the T20 series. The Kiwis would look to carry on the momentum as we move forward to the second ODI of the series.
After being 3 down for 88 in 20 overs, Kane Williamson and Tom Latham took charge and completely outplayed the Indian bowling unit. Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson also had a successful outing as they bagged 3 wickets each.
A similar performance is expected from them in the upcoming face-off as they anticipate a series win by emerging victorious in the second ODI.
The Hamilton cricket ground is known for its bounce. The batters can capitalise on the bounce as the square boundaries are shorter and the outfield is very fast.
The average first innings score here is 248. Chasing is usually preferred in Hamilton and both the captains would look to bowl first after winning the toss.
Out of 35 One day internationals that have been played at the venue, the chasing team has won 22 times at a whooping win rate of 62.38%.
Probable Playing XI
India: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur/Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal and Arshdeep Singh.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry.
Players to watch out for
Shubman Gill: Gill played a steady knock of 50 runs in 65 balls in the first ODI, and a big knock awaits from the young man. Shubman has secured his place as the opener of the Indian side in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma.
Tom Latham: The wicketkeeper-batsman has captured all the limelight after a spectacular 145* in the first ODI. Even after shifting to the middle order, Tom has been the architect of his team’s victory on many occasions. He will be a player to look out for in the upcoming match.
Rishabh Pant: The last few months have been painful for the young lad as he has faced severe backlash owing to his failures in the limited overs format. Though his overall record in One-Day Internationals is impressive, there is a need for him to step up and justify his place in the side.
Tim Southee: Tim has left no stone unturned in making New Zealand a top-ranked side in all formats of the game. He successfully acclaimed the milestone of 200 ODI wickets in the first match. The right-arm pacer shall play an important role if New Zealand goes on to win this match and the series.
Kane Williamson vs Yuzvendra Chahal: 103 runs in 130 balls, 4 dismissals.
Shikhar Dhawan vs Matt Henry: 15 runs in 36 balls, 1 dismissal
Shubman Gill vs Matt Henry: 30 runs in 38 balls, 1 dismissal
Rishabh Pant vs Lockie Ferguson: 10 runs in 22 balls, 1 dismissal
Shreyas Iyer vs Tim Southee: 59 runs in 44 balls, 2 dismissals
Tom Latham vs Shardul Thakur: 58 runs in 32 balls, 0 dismissal
Fantasy Team for NZ vs IND 2nd ODI
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We expect the Indian team to make a comeback in the 2nd ODI and defeat the Kiwis to level the series 1-1.