New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20 Match Prediction2020-01-27
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
India will look to continue their dominant form in T20I cricket!
India will win this match!
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The second game of the five-match T-20 series between New Zealand and India will be played at the same Eden Pak stadium in Auckland. Though India have failed to win a T20I series in two previous attempts in New Zealand, they did take the positive first step towards correcting that anomaly, registering a six-wicket win in the first game of the series at Eden Park. Men in blue have chased down 204 with an over to spare. That's how comfortable they were in the chase. K L Rahul and Shreyas Iyer were the protagonists in the last win.
The last game was a high scoring encounter as we witnessed five fifties in a game. New Zealand were brilliant in the first inning, but the host felt the absence of their experienced bowler as the youngsters failed to deliver under pressure situations while defending the score.
India's strength is their formidable batting line-up and they are absolutely amazing; consistently scoring the bulk of runs and they would look to carry on good form. On the other hand, though Kiwis had a lot of positives from the last game, their bowling unit will look to rectify the mistakes and come up with better performance against batting heavy Indian side.
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Though the Black Caps lost the opening game of the series, they will be boosted by the return of skipper Kane Williamson and Colin Munro 50+ score. Kiwis holds a great record against the Men in blue as they have never lost the t20 series against India, however this time they are playing against batting heavy and in-form Indian team and they need to be at their best.
In last game, Colin Munro(59 runs), Kane Williamson(51 runs) and Ross Taylor(54 runs) smashed aggressive half-centuries in last game. Colin Munro along with partner M Guptill provided a great opening stand of 80 runs for the first wicket. Then, skipper Kane Williamson who has returned to the T20 side from the injury took the control of the inning. He is arguably the best Kiwis player in Squad and a vital cog in the Kiwis batting line-up. He is a superb player of spin and hence he would look to take on the quality Indian spinner in the middle overs of the inning.
Veteran Ross Taylor smashed the ball all around the park during his 54 runs knock. He batted brilliantly in the end overs and made sure Kiwis cross the 200 runs mark. Colin de Grandhomme got out on a duck in the last game. He is a Kiwis top scorer lately, scored 301 runs from last 11 innings at an average of 27.36 and hence his big score is certainly on card
Kiwis prime bowlers comprising of Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner looked ordinary in the home conditions in the last game and also went for many. Bowling duo needs to be more disciplined and smarter against the dominant Indian batting unit. Ish Sodhi was a pick of the bowlers, picked 2 wickets for 36 runs in his four overs spell.
Key Player – Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner
Mitchell Santner, Hamish Bennett, Colin Munro, Blair Tickner, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Ish Sodhi, TG Southee
India’s recent record in T20 has been outstanding as they have managed to gather some winning momentum in the shortest format of the game, having sealed series wins against Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh in home season earlier. Now, Men in blue also had a great start to their first overseas tour this year and they would be eying for another dominant performance in the T20.
Skipper Virat Kohli is unlikely to make any change in winning eleven. India’s batting line-up is one of the best in the white-ball game at present. Notably, the top three(Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul) has been doing the bulk of the scoring in recent times. Skipper Virat Kohli is currently the leading scorer in T20 international; scored 2734 runs from 78 games. He is a most successful Indian batsman in the last decade, he possesses great technique and aggression to score big fire-power inning. K L Rahul has been in the best form of his life, he consistently scoring runs in T20 and made a strong mark in international cricket. He scored quick 56 from 27 balls and set the base in the chase. He along with Skipper Virat Kohli made a good partnership in the last game.
Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer was also excellent in the last game. He scored unbeaten 58 to take India over the line. He was also a man of the match for his match-winning knock. There was very little assistance for the bowlers in the last game as shorter boundaries always make things difficult for bowlers. However, except Mohammed other bowlers did a decent job and also got wickets under their belt. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers for his economical spell and 1 wicket in his four-over spell.
Key Players: Virat Kohli, K L Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah
Virat Kohli, YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, JJ Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, SN Thakur, Mohammed Shami
Eden Park features a drop-in pitch, good for batting and is hard on the bowlers.
Weather in Auckland on Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy however there is no forecast for rain. Hence, the full game is expected to play.
The second game of the five-match T-20 series between New Zealand and India will be played at same Eden Pak stadium in Auckland. With a capacity of 50,000, Eden Park is easily the largest stadium in New Zealand. Its straight boundaries are as small as 55 meters, which gives the batsmen an edge. Even top edges fly over the boundary.
The first game of the series was also played at the same venue, where we witness 400+ runs in a game and a chasing team won the game with an over to spare.
Hence, we expect the team winning the toss will look to bowl first at this venue.
Men in Blue have been very dominant in T20 International last year, won the last three T20 series. Both their Batsmen and bowlers are playing their roles to perfections. Besides, they got leading run-scorer and top-ranked batsmen in their side and they are consistently performing at the international level.
On the other hand, though Kiwis batting line-up looks strong and stable, their bowling attack lack depth and experience. Hence, though Kiwis are playing in their home conditions and holds great T20 records against India, later will have a slight edge considering their recent form.
Hence, we predict India will win this match and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
India will win this match!
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