A bruised New Zealand will look to bounce back in the series when they meet India for the second ODI at Mount Manugaui’s picturesque Bay Oval on Saturday. After succumbing to India’s whirly bowling unit, New Zealand will try to fix in the holes in their batting lineup and come out with a more balanced showing in the second ODI. The hosts are capable of bashing their visitors in the limited overs, as has been the case of late, and are also entirely capable of dealing with India’s challenging bowling unit. India do have the upper hand tomorrow, but underestimating the Kiwis in their own backyard can become a nightmare. Kane Williamson will be the key again but it will be the likes of Munro, Latham, and Taylor who’ll have to step up and stand tall against the Indian bowling unit. For India, the onus will again be on the bowlers to get their side home. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will try to continue their good showing with the bat and also prove their worth in the NZ vs IND Halaplay Prediction.
Injuries:With just one game into the series, there are no injuries reported from the New Zealand camp.
Doubt: Lockie Ferguson might not start tomorrow as New Zealand may opt to go for two spinners.
Questionable: Ish Sodhi has become the big question here after the dominant show put on by the Indian Spinners. New Zealand too will look to solidify their spin attack a bit.
Expected Changes: It can be a straight swap between Ish Sodhi and Lockie Ferguson.
Injuries:India too have a fully fit squad to pick the playing11 from.
Doubt: India might opt for getting Ravindra Jadeja back in the playing11.
Questionable: Vijay Shankar, who hasn’t had much to show for himself, might have to face the axe.
Expected Changes:If there is any change, the most likely swap is of Vijay Shankar with Ravindra Jadeja
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (WK), Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Socho/Lockie Ferguson
Starting with Tom Latham ahead of MS Dhoni as Latham is expected to play a more important role for his side than Dhoni. Coming to the batting lineup, Kohli, Williamson, Rohit Sharma, and Martin Guptill are the best bet one can have. Arguably, Ross Taylor too can be picked but that won’t be a high rewarding risk as Taylor prefers dealing in ones and twos while Guptill goes for the biggies giving you more chances. Then comes the bowling line up, which has our captain Tim Southee. Southee has been in some devastating form of late and it will be only a matter of time for him to get through Dhawan and a couple more if he hits the right areas again.
Possible Changes You Can Make
The gamble we’ve made here is Ish Sodhi, who may or may not even start in the Playing11. Another possible and a very fruitful gamble could be that of Colin de Grandhomme. Having him will offer you quite a lot of points. He can pick up a few wickets here and there and have a swing at it in the death overs garnering many points for you. But again, him playing is not confirmed. So of you’re going for a gamble, Colin de Grandhomme will be one perfect pick.