Match Preview: India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I
The three-match T20I series between New Zealand and India has been cut down to two games after a downpour in Wellington. However, other than that and moving the location to Mount Maunganui, not much has changed. In fact, rain is also expected for the second Twenty20 International.
The T20 World Cup semifinal match between Hardik Pandya and the revamped India was slated to begin in Wellington, but due to persistent rain, the series was cut down to two games. There is a chance that the series will be shortened further since Mount Maunganui is also threatened by impending rain.
Although Pandya has previously taken the team’s helm three times—twice against Ireland and once against the West Indies—this series was meant to signal a change in India’s T20I strategy. A few games versus New Zealand would be a fantastic place to start to gauge how the team responds to Pandya’s coaching, their game plan, how they handle pressure, etc. Beyond all of that, they will first pray for continued good weather.
The center of attention in the New Zealand camp will be on their skipper Kane Williamson, who has received a lot of recent media attention. He was one of the major releases in the IPL just nine months after being the first player to be retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad, but strike rate problems continued cropping up during the multi-team event in Australia. He, along with the other New Zealand players, will be eager to put everything behind them and concentrate on what is in front of them.
- Match: NZ vs IND, 2nd T20I, India tour of New Zealand, 2022
- When: Sun, Nov 20, 2022
- Time: 11:30 AM (GMT)
- Where: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
The Mount Maunganui surface is anticipated to offer the bowlers some help in the early going. The batters will enjoy themselves here, though, and will be looking to make the most of the shorter boundaries and the quick outfield. A run-fest appears to be almost inevitable. The team that wins the toss will attempt to bowl first.
With Martin Guptill being left off the roster, the outstanding Finn Allen should get another chance to start at the top of the order. The lineup of the team, excluding Trent Boult’s absence, should be similar to that of the T20 World Cup. Michael Bracewell and Blair Tickner could be the ones sitting out.
Dinesh Karthik should be given the opportunity to play with Rishabh Pant in this series. But whether he bats at the top of the order is still up in the air. In R Ashwin’s absence, Yuzvendra Chahal, who did not play in the T20 World Cup, ought to be included as well.
New Zealand probable XI:
1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim SoutheeDevon Conway, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Adam Milne, 11 Lockie Ferguson
India probable XI:
1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Shreyas Iyer/Deepak Hooda, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant Suryakumar Yadav (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya (capt), 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Top Performers from NZ vs IND:
Probable best performers from India: Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Arshdeep Singh
Probable best performers from New Zealand: Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Tim Southee
Today’s Match Prediction:
Toss Prediction: India won the toss and option to field.
New Zealand Inning Score( 1st Inning): New Zealand will score 170 Plus, probably with four wickets loss
India Inning Score( 2nd Inning): India will score hardly 160 runs, probably with six wickets loss.
Match Winner: New Zealand will win the match with 20 plus runs margin
We have seen that New Zealand have in good form from the ICC T20 World cup with respect to India so there is 65% chance that New Zealand win the match. India has 35% chance of winning if his middle order performs well.