Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand v India 2nd ODI
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The 2nd match of the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and India will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland.
New Zealand ran India close throughout the T20I series and should have won the last three games. But, they put the foot off the opposition's throat and suffered defeats. However, in the 1st ODI, the team finally ended on the right side of the line.
While their bowlers were not up to the task, with the exception of Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner, it were their batsmen who won them the game.
The chase was set up by the 78 from Henry Nicholls and taken to completion with an 84-ball unbeaten 109 from seasoned middle order batsman Ross Taylor, but it was actually stand-in captain Tom Latham's 48-ball 69-run power-packed knock which ensured a Kiwi victory.
It will be interesting to see which strip is chosen for this game at Auckland. Ish Sodi was included only for the first ODI in the squad on the pretext that the pitches in the remaining two matches will not be that favourable for spin and New Zealand will go in with only one spinner in Mitchell Santner. Hence, it is expected that the stip which was used in the 1st T20I between the two teams or another such similar surface will be used for this game.
Either of Scott Kuggeleijn or Kyle Jamieson is expected to replace the leg spinner. For India, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal are likely to come in for Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav respectively.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham (c & wk), Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn/Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett
India - Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams
Henry Nicholls – scored 78 in 1st ODI and looks in great touch
Ross Taylor – had a great 1st ODI -109 off 84 balls and is fine form with the bat
Colin de Grandhomme – had an OK outing in the 1st ODI and is sure to come good soon
KL Rahul – 88 in 1st ODI - is fine form with the bat
Virat Kohli – he is a match winner and can’t be left out of any fantasy team!
Ravindra Jadeja – pace seems to be the key in the conditions,if he does not play, Bumrah is your pick
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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