Before New Zealand, Ishaan Kishan created a sensation by scoring a double century against Bangladesh. However, he did not get a chance in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. And now when KL Rahul is out of the team, Ishaan is getting a chance to play in the playing XI. In such a situation, Ishaan will try to leave his mark and cement his place in the team. He could not do anything special in the first ODI against New Zealand.
Apart from this, Hardik Pandya will also have to push with the bat. Captain Rohit Sharma is in good touch and has got good starts but he has failed to play big innings. The big worry is in the bowling department. In the first ODI, Shardul Thakur was given a chance in place of bowler Umran Malik as he is a better option in batting. But the team management will soon have to decide whether it needs a bowler who can bat or a specialist bowler who can destroy the opposition with his extra pace. Also could get wickets in the middle overs as well.
New Zealand will hit back
After the disintegration of the top order in the first ODI against India, New Zealand made a comeback, it is clear from this that it will not miss to counterattack in the second ODI. In the first ODI, Kiwi team’s Michael Bracewell came in at number seven and scored an excellent inning of 140 runs and almost took the match away from India. However, Michael Bracewell, who came in at number seven, and Mitchell Santner, who came in at number eight, brought the team back from the brink of defeat.
At the same time, Finn Allen made some good shots but could not play a big innings. In the absence of Kane Williamson, the team needs a player who can hold one end. In the bowling department, Gill scored easily against the pace trio of Henry Shipley, Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner and all three would like to bring more accuracy to their bowling. It remains to be seen whether spinner Ish Sodhi regains full fitness for this do-or-die encounter.
Virat record can be registered in Kohli’s name
Team India’s dashing player Virat Kohli had scored the 44th century of his career in the ODI series against Sri Lanka before New Zealand. However, he was dismissed cheaply in the first ODI against the Kiwis. And now in the second match, Virat has a chance to achieve a special milestone in his international career.
If Virat Kohli scores 111 runs in the second ODI, he will complete 25000 runs in his international career. Kohli will become the sixth batsman in the history of cricket to do so. The special thing will be that Virat will have a chance that he can achieve this feat in the least number of matches (489). Apart from him, only Sachin Tendulkar has been able to achieve this feat for India. Sachin is on top in terms of most international runs (34357 runs, 664 matches).
India vs New Zealand, Head to Head
The teams of India and New Zealand have so far faced each other in 114 matches in ODIs and the contest between the two has been close. In 114 ODIs, the Indian team has defeated New Zealand 56 times, while the Kiwi team has won 50 matches. At the same time, 7 matches remained such that no result could be found while one match between the two was tied.
Will keep an eye on these records
In the second ODI against New Zealand, captain Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami will have a chance to register a special record in their names in ODI cricket. Rohit Sharma has a chance to beat former Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya in ODIs by hitting 6 sixes. Jayasuriya holds the record for hitting 270 sixes in ODIs.
Apart from this, Mohammed Shami can show wonders in bowling. Shami will have a chance to cross his 400 wicket mark in international cricket by taking 4 wickets.
pitch and weather
For the first time an international match will be played on the pitch of the new stadium in Raipur. The pitch is likely to be helpful to the batsmen. Spinners can get help from this. The average temperature during the match will be around 21 degrees.
Probable Playing XI
India : Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishaan Kishan (Wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand : Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Henry Shipley, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson.
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