NZ v India 2nd ODI Preview: Kohli & Co likely to bounce back after Hamilton defeat
With the batsmen from both sides expected to have a galla time at the small Eden Park, the team with the better bowling performance will win the 2nd ODI.
Venue - Eden Park, Auckland
Start on/at - Saturday, Feb 8, 02:00 AM GMT | 03:00 PM LOCAL | 07:30 AM IST
Head to Head record in ODIs - New Zealand: 47 India: 55 Tied: 1 No Result: 5
Weather - Mostly cloudy, 23°C, Precipitation: 10%, Humidity: 66%, Wind: 27 km/h
The funny dimensions are back
The 2nd ODI of the series will be played at the Eden Park in Auckland. This is the same venue were the first two matches of the T20I series were played. While both teams scored more than 200 runs in the opening encounter, New Zealand could manage only 132 in the second game as India won the match comfortably by seven wickets.
One side of the Eden Park is unproportionaly small to the other part which leads to various tactics. The straight boundaries are also as short as 55 metres. Hence, the bowlers have to think twice before pitching the ball up. A lot of short deliveries would be on offer in this game, with the square boundaries relatively bigger.
Another high-scoring match
Traditionally, there has always been some spice in the Eden Park surface which, despite the short dimensions, does not allow for 300 + scores being made with ease. This is why, the average total batting first at this venue is only 219. However, with the form that the batting line-ups of both sides are in, a high-scoring encounter is expected.
It was evident in the first match of the series that despite a 347-run total from India, which seemed at least 20 runs above par at one point, turned out to be a par score.
The captain winning the toss will pick the obvious choice of chasing as the numbers here are heavily skewed in favour of the chasing side. Out of the total 73 ODIs played at this venue, the team batting second has won 42 while the team batting first has won only 29.
India need to tighten up bowling
The Indian bowlers despite restricting the New Zealand openers could not contain them for long and ultimately conceded 348 runs in the last match. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, who gave away only 53 runs from his 10 overs while being wicketless, no other bowler could do the job as well as per skipper Kohli would have expected.
While the figures of Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja were still alright with their economy being slightly over six, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav were very expensive and conceded close to 9 runs per over. This is where the match was lost. Kuldeep, especially, looked completely out of sorts and was taken a liking to by Tom Latham.
A couple of changes expected for India
These are the two changes in the bowling department that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is expected to make. Navdeep Saini is sitting on the bench and can easily clock 145 kph. His yorkers and slower ones at the death have also come a long way and the pacer is expected to replace Shardul Thakur in the playing XI.
With Kuldeep Yadav, India may want him to get another game to build his confidence, but it is very difficult to do that at the cost of losing another match. They are likely to go back to Yuzvendra Chahal and allow Kuldeep, coming fresh off a shoulder injury, to bowl in the nets and bring him back into the fold one he gains more control.
Scott Kuggeleijn or Kyle Jamieson to get a game
Ish Sodhi was part of the ODI squad for only the first ODI and will now join New Zealand A to play a four-day game against India A. In his place, one of the pacers, Scott Kuggeleijn or Kyle Jamieson, will make the XI.
While Kuggeleijn is a more experienced bowler and more suited for the white-ball format, Kyle Jamieson is known for his red-ball exploits and was included in the New Zealand Test squad after injuries to Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson.
Standing at 6 feet 6 inches tall, Jamieson was the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2014 Under 19 World Cup and has since performed well for his domestic side Canterbury. Kuggeleijn played the last two T20Is and did a fine job.
Here's 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
This is where you can catch all the live action across the globe:
India & Subcontinent: Star Sports, Hotstar
New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ
UK: Sky Sports Cricket
Australia: Fox Sports
South Africa: SuperSport
Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network), CBN
USA: Willow TV, Hotstar
Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD
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