New Zealand vs India 2nd ODI Preview: Indian batters need to provide bigger cushion for inexperienced bowling line-up
On New Zealand's high-scoring grounds, even 300 is not enough anymore and the teams will look to get around 350 to remain competitive.
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India won't fret too much
Given that India have several of their regular starters missing, the team would certainly be disappointed but won't fret too much over their seven-wicket defeat in the series opener.
If you remove one man i.e Tom Latham from the equation, India were there and thereabout in the game. You can't really do anything when an individual plays an exceptional knock, similar to what SKY did in the second T20 International.
No Neesham, Bracewell for New Zealand
Coming to the team combinations, New Zealand decided to play four quick bowlers, which was a surprise move. The decision was brought about because of the niggle to James Neesham who generally provides good balance to their side.
Michael Bracewell was also not included in their XI which was a bit strange given that the spin bowling allrounder is pretty much in the team's plans for the upcoming ODI world cup in India, especially now that they have decided to not give Ish Sodhi a long run in the 50 over format.
Be that as it may, the combination served them quite well with Mitchell Santner being exceptional as the leading spinner and New Zealand are now expected to stick to their winning side.
India struggle with team combination
India on the other hand did well with the resources available but were still struggling for balance, which has always been the case for them. Whenever Hardik Pandya does not play, they always seem to be a bowler short when they go in with just five bowling options but the team cannot afford to play six pure bowlers as that will hamper the batting.
As a result, one out of Deepak Hooda or Deepak Chahar will have to play in order to balance the Indian playing XI. As it stands, Sanju Samson will unfortunately have to miss out in all probability, which isn't ideal specially after the helping hand he extended to Shreyas Iyer in the first ODI. But, that is the name of the game and you have to pick the combination in the best interest of the team.
Another postage-sized venue
The second ODI will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton which is another high scoring venue in New Zealand. The average first innings score here is 239 while the average second innings score is 210 but that is somewhat distorted because of the big sample size. If recent matches are looked at, teams have gone quite big consistently at the venue.
Hence, it will be another headache for the bowlers to bowl in accordance with the small dimensions of the ground and try to be as stingy as possible.
India did score over 300 in the first ODI, but with the way the game is moving, 350 now looks just about a par total at such venues and the team batting first will have to put that on the board to remain competitive.
Predicted Playing XIs
New Zealand - Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson
India - Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson/Deepak Hooda/Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
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