India vs New Zealand 2019: 2nd T20I, Eden Park, Auckland - Match Prediction

Ravi Shastri Vijay Shankar ICC World Cup 2019

Ravi Shastri Vijay Shankar ICC World Cup 2019

New Zealand can wrap up their T20 global series with victory over India in Auckland on Friday - live on Sky Sports Cricket. Kiwis outclassed Team India by 80 runs and registered their first victory in the 3-match series. Wicketkeeper and opener Tim Seifert performed outstandingly well as he played a blitzkrieg 84-run knock off 43 balls with 7 fours and 6 sixes. Seifert's 84-run innings was also his highest score in a T20 global and the wicket-keeper batsman will be hoping to improve on that when he takes the field in Auckland. "The bowling side should have been led by an experienced bowler like Bhuvneshwar (Kumar), who has the capacity to swing and take early wickets with a new ball in favourable conditions", Kumble, a Star Sports Select Dugout expert, was quoted as saying.

The 2nd T20i is scheduled to be held on Friday at the Eden Park in Auckland and the extravaganza will commence at around 11:30 am (IST).

India were unable to carry over their ODI form into the first T20 match of the series as they were on the end of a heavy defeat against New Zealand and need to win this second match to keep the series alive. While on the other side, New Zealanders will be looking forward to seal the series today.

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"India needs to bowl to their strengths which did not reflect during the (first) match". Skipper Rohit will have to come up with his best choice of players to ensure a happy ending for India in absence of Virat Kohli. The lack of fight in the run chase was a big disappointment, as mentioned by captain Rohit Sharma in Wellington. Both the top order batsmen can score quick runs and propel the hosts into a soup. Kuldeep Yadav could be brought in and all-rounder Kedar Jadhav could be given a chance in place of Krunal Pandya or Vijay Shankar.

Probable playing 11 for India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.

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