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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions – 2nd T20I New Zealand v India

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2nd  T20I New Zealand v India - Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions

The 2nd match of the five-match T20I series between New Zealand and India will be played again at Eden Park, in Auckland.

Match Stats and Details

Venue - Eden Park, Auckland

Start time - 06:50 AM GMT | 07:50 PM LOCAL | 12:20 PM IST

Head to Head record in T20Is -  New Zealand: 8 India: 4 Tied: 0 No Result: 0

Weather - Partly Cloudy, 25°C, Precipitation: 10%, Humidity: 70%, Wind: 26 km/h

Stat Tip – 200+ not a safe score

1st T20I – Analysis – India won by 7 wickets

The series opener was a high-scoring contest with both India and New Zealand scoring over 200 runs. Put into bat, New Zealand started well with openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro adding 80 for the opening partnership.

Courtesy of half-centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, the team gave India a 204-run target. Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja were all more economical than par in the game.

Despite losing Rohit Sharma early, it was on the back of half-centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer and a well-made 45 from Virat Kohli that helped India win the match with one over remaining.

Both teams would not make too many changes to their playing XI. Scott Kuggeleijn has a chance of coming into the Black Caps unit while Navdeep Saini is almost a certainty in place of Shardul Thakur.

Given that the Eden Park in Auckland is a high-scoring venue, both teams would desperately want to win the toss and bowl first. Be ready for another high scoring encounter as the short boundaries and the flat pitch in Auckland almost guarantee 400 + runs scored in the match once again.

Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams for the 2nd T20I:

New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett

India - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams

New Zealand

Ross Taylor – Mr Reliable - had a great match on Friday, scoring 54 (off 27 balls) for the Kiwis The Kiwis will be looking to him to provide quick, big scores again, if the top order don’t provide it

Colin Munro – top scored for the Blackcaps on Friday and is looking in top form

Colin de Grandhomme – didn’t have a good opening T20I but too good to leave out – on his day can outscore the best and turn a game with the ball



Rohit Sharma – the ‘hitman’ - failed on Friday, so you would fancy his chances to go big in this match, especially without having to face the Blackcaps top two pace bowlers - Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult out through injury.

Virat Kohli – he is a match winner and can’t be left out of any fantasy team!

Ravindra Jadeja – in the 1st T20I he only bowled 2 overs and looked threatening – given a longer spell he could put in a top performance.


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