New Zealand vs India 2nd ODI: While everyone was expecting a tough battle between the two sides in the series opener, the Indian Cricket Team turned up with their A-game which was too good for the hosts. Except for the skipper, Kane Williamson, no other Kiwi cricketer was able to put up a fight. Not what you expect from a squad that has won almost everything in the last 12 months.
New Zealand’s 2018 was filled with a lot of memorable comebacks from tough circumstances and they will be looking for another one of those performances to level the series in the 2nd ODI.
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui is the latest addition to New Zealand’s brief list of international cricket grounds making its debut with an ICC World Cup Qualifier game between Canada and Netherlands in January 2014. Since hosting the 1st game between Test-playing nations, Bay Oval has the second best run rate among all grounds in the country.
Taking games after 2015 World Cup into consideration, Bay Oval is the highest scoring ground while hosting 4 games.
(only matches after World Cup 2015 are taken into consideration here)
The lowest score in the last two games at the stadium, which took place in the first week of this year, was 298. Knowing the firepower of both the batting line-ups, we can see another high scoring game with bowlers only trying to control the damage at best.
Regarding the bowlers, spinners have been treated more like a bowling machine in the 7 matches played here:
|Bowling Type||Wickets||Average||Economy||Strike Rate|
New Zealand: After getting hammered by the Indian side in the first ODI, Kiwis will certainly ponder over some changes in their XI. They fielded their best batting line-up in Napier and will back the same set of batsmen for the next game but with the ball, they can bring Ish Sodhi back for Mitchell Santner, especially after considering the poor record of left-arm spinners in the stadium. That will dent their batting prowess and bringing Colin de Grandhomme for Doug Bracewell will fix that.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme/Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell/Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
India: The Indian side went back to their template of 6 proper batsmen, one seam bowling all-rounder with 4 bowlers including their duo of wrist spinners in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and they have no reason to make a change in the side.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay SHankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Fantasy Tips for New Zealand vs India 2nd ODI
There is not much separating the wicket-keeping batsman in both the sides. Tom Latham was undone by Yuzvendra Chahal in the first ODI and hasn’t had a fruitful time in the 2 ODIs he has played in Mount Maunganui but he will still be our pick for the wicket-keeper’s role over MS Dhoni.
A ground as batting-friendly as Bay Oval always asks you to pack your side with top order batsmen. Martin Guptill averages 53.16 at the ground with two hundreds. However, both those hundreds came against a sub-par Sri Lankan attack. There’s way too much quality in India’s arsenal but with not much movement expected from the track, Guptill can get another big score against his name.
Similarly, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are again imperative to the side considering the role middle-order batsmen have played at Bay Oval, and more accurately, they have played in New Zealand’s success more often than not.
Taylor averages 53.75 at this ground, better than any other player from the current lot of New Zealand batsmen.
From the Indian contingent, Shikhar Dhawan improved his record in the New Zealand conditions with a critical knock of 75* in Napier. Rohit Sharma had a hard time during his short stay at the crease. Given that Dhawan will exhaust lesser credits, he becomes a better fantasy pick than Rohit, unlike the first game.
But at the same time, a flat deck with short boundaries is exactly the type of conditions Rohit Sharma favors.
Virat Kohli continues to remains to be an undebatable pick with his knack of scoring hundreds at will.
At 8.5 credits, you will not get a better pick than Colin Munro. He failed in the first game but Bay Oval is a ground where he fancies his chances in white-ball cricket. In ODI cricket, he has an average of 50.50 (including the dismissals by bowlers only) and two of his three T20I hundreds have also come at this ground.
In addition, Kedar Jadhav is another decent pick with tailor-made batting conditions on offer for him. Plus, he is expected to chip in with a few overs as well being the team’s 6th bowling option.
Spinners have had nightmares in the Bay Oval averaging 50.04 runs per wicket at a strike rate of 62.1 in comparison to 34.28 and 34.7 respectively to that of pacers. Since World Cup 2015, the average for the spinners has further risen up to 72.88 with a shocking strike rate of 81.2, while the Pacers haven’t deviated much.
One major reason why India’s spin duo, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shouldn’t be picked together for the game. For New Zealand, both Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have a 50-50 chance of playing considering the poor numbers the spinners have piled up.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami have taken 8 wickets each this year, the most for India in ODI cricket. Bhuvneshwar has been India’s most successful bowler in the death which is the most wicket conducive period for bowlers on pitches reminiscent of roads.
New Zealand’s premier strike bowler, Trent Boult has been off-colour in the recent past. In three games in 2019, Boult averages 48.33 and strikes at a rate of 52.0 for every wicket. With swing not expected to be on offer, Boult might have a forgetful game again.
Recommended XI: Martin Guptill, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
Captain and Vice-Captain:
Any batsman from the Top 4 can explode if the turf at the Bay Oval plays like it usually does. Batting gets much easier during the middle overs. Distributing the captaincy and vice-captaincy roles among Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Virat Kohli seems to be the most productive option.
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