Hosts hope to wrap up series with win in Rajkot
India gave their veteran fast bowler Nehra a perfect send off with a win in his last international match.As we all know India thrashed New Zealand by 53 wins in 1st T20 and registered their first ever T20 win over New Zealand and with this win Team India have taken 1 – 0 lead in the 3 matches series so far.New Zealand,on the other hand,would look to level the series and claim no.1 spot again.The Blackcaps play second T20 under lot of pressure as they need to keep the series alive with this win.They already lost Odi series after coming very close to the victory so this 2nd T20 is a very important game for New Zealand and if they win then definitely they will throw a challenge to India in last T20.
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium,Rajkot
no rain expected and clear throughout the match.
Without any doubt we can clearly tell this pitch helps batsmen rather than bowlers.We can expect a lot of runs from this pitch as we witnessed in IPL too and scores like 170 or 180 can be easily chased.There will be a bit of movement for pacers at start but once batsmen settles then it will be a high scoring game for sure.Only one T20 was played here against Australia in 2013 and India chased more than 200 runs.
Team News : India
After Ashish Nehra’s retirement,India is forced to make a change in their squad.India went with 6 bowlers in first T20 and it worked well so they may give a chance to Siraj,a debut match tomorrow for the variation in the bowling otherwise they may bring back Kuldeep Yadav. Dinesh Karthik has little chance to play if captain thinks to add some depth in batting.
Team News : New Zealand
The Kiwis are really very good at fielding but unfortunately they missed several chances in first T20 and they paid for it.Apart from 2nd Odi Colin De Grandhomme did not contribute anything in this series and also became very expensive in first T20 but still the tag he is having all rounder is making him to continue with the team.Phillips had a long batting session and he may get a chance in place of Tom Bruce but this is not confirmed.
India Probable XI
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav/Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand Probable XI
Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce/Phillips, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
Prediction : India are favourites in this match but it is a batting pitch and must win game for New Zealand chances are 50 – 50
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