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New Zealand vs India 2019, 2nd T20I: Preview and predictions

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The Kiwis will look to seal the series in the upcoming clash
The Kiwis will look to seal the series in the upcoming clash


The Blackcaps are set to host the Indian team for the 2nd T20I at the Eden Park, Auckland after hammering the visitors by 80 runs in an entirely one-sided affair. Team India, on the other hand, must be eyeing to land a counter-punch in this crunch match after being handed their biggest defeat in terms of runs. Both the sides will lock horns on Friday evening in what is anticipated to be a cracker of a contest between the two heavyweights.

Having won the toss, team India decided to field first which eventually backfired because the pitch was a nightmare for bowlers. Colin Munro (34) and Tim Siefert (84) gave the hosts a flying start in the powerplay.

The young wicket-keeper was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ for his outstanding inning of 84 runs off just 43 balls. Kane Williamson (34 off 22) and Scott Kuggeleijn (20 off 7) also made some crucial contributions to help their side put a mammoth score of 219-6.

India started the chase terribly as the skipper got out to Tim Southee in the third over getting caught in the deep trying to hit one out of the park. Dhawan and Vijay Shankar steadied the ship for a while before the former was cleaned up by a toe-crushing Yorker from Lockie Ferguson.

At the end of the batting powerplay, the visitors lost both the openers with just 52 runs on the board. Wickets kept regularly falling from both the ends and soon team India were bundled out for only 139 runs. Such massive defeat will serve as a reality check for the Indian camp, who would be eyeing to bounce back in the must-win match.

Indian management might consider making some changes heading into this crunch game. Shubman Gill, Siddharth Kaul, and Kuldeep Yadav might be seen in the playing eleven. However, the home side might go with the same eleven as they will not look to disturb their winning combination.


Date: Friday, February 08, 2019.

Time: 11:30 AM IST

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland


Live Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

Ground Stats T20

 Total Matches - 17

Matches won batting first - 9

Matches won bowling first - 6

Average 1st Inns scores - 172

Average 2nd Inns scores - 149

Highest total recorded - 245/5 (18.5 Ov) by AUS vs NZ

Lowest total recorded - 107/10 (14.5 Ov) by NZ vs RSA

Highest score chased- 245/5 (18.5 Ov) by AUS vs NZ

Lowest score defended - 165/7 (20 Ov) by RSA vs NZ

Team News


  • Shubman Gill might come in to replace Dinesh Karthik
  • Kuldeep Yadav can get a chance in this match.
  • Khaleel Ahmed can make way for Siddharth Kaul

New Zealand

  • Doug Bracewell might come in to replace Scott Kuggeleijn.
  • Either James Neesham or Colin de Grandhomme will be in playing 11.



Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni(wk), Rishabh Pant, Kedhar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Sidharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed

New Zealand

James Neesham, Colin Munro, Tim Siefert(WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi



  • Rohit Sharma
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Hardik Pandya

 New Zealand

  • Colin Munro
  • Kane Williamson(c)
  • Tim Southee


Probable Playing XI


  1. Rohit Sharma (c)
  2. Shikhar Dhawan
  3. Rishabh Pant
  4. Vijay Shankar
  5. Dinesh Karthik/ Shubman Gill
  6. MS Dhoni (wk)
  7. Hardik Pandya
  8. Kuldeep Yadav/ Krunal Pandya
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Yuzvendra Chahal
  11. Siddharth Kaul

 New Zealand

  1. Colin Munro
  2. Tim Seifert (wk)
  3. Kane Williamson(c)
  4. Ross Taylor
  5. Daryl Mitchell
  6. Colin de Grandhomme/James Neesham
  7. Mitchell Santner
  8. Scott Kuggeleijn/Doug Bracewell
  9. Tim Southee
  10. Ish Sodhi
  11. Lockie Ferguson 
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