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New Zealand and India will be locking horns in the second T20I at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday, November 20. The three-match series is yet to find its winner as the series opener in Wellington was washed out.
Both teams would now be hoping that the weather does not play spoilsport this time around as they look to start afresh after crashing out in the semifinals of the recently-concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
The Indian team, led by star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, will be looking forward to create a good first impression by challenging the Kiwis in their own backyard with a second-string side. A win here will be a morale-boosting one for the Men in Blue.
New Zealand, on the other hand, would be banking on home advantage and some of the seasoned campaigners to draw first blood in this T20I series. The Kane Williamson-side will look to overcome their 0-5 drubbing in early 2020 and look to make a solid statement in the current bilateral series.
New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20I, India tour of New Zealand 2022
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date and Time: November 20, 12:00 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Amazon Prime Video
The surface at Mount Maunganui is expected provide some assistance for the bowlers early on. However, the batters will have a good time here and would be hoping to take maximum advantage of the shorter boundaries and a fast outfield. A run-fest looks pretty much on the cards. Therefore, the team winning the toss will look to bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs for NZ vs IND
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, JImmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Top Performers from NZ vs IND
Probable best batter: Hardik Pandya
Stand-in captain Hardik Pandya would be looking forward to replicate his splendid T20 World Cup performances in the ongoing New Zealand T20Is. He scored a quickfire 40 against arch-rivals Pakistan in India’s campaign opener and contributed with a blistering 33-ball 66 in the semi-final against the eventual champions England that helped India in posting a competitive total on the board. Hardik’s power-hitting abilities in the middle and death overs can turn out to be game-changing.
Probable best bowler: Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh might have gone wicketless in the semi-final against England, but he was consistent in the wickets column throughout the T20 World Cup 2022 and finished with 10 scalps to his name. The left-arm pacer would be looking to make the perfect use of the swing conditions in New Zealand especially at the death.
Today’s Match Prediction: India to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.