After experiencing an embarrassing defeat in the first T20I, one can expect the Indian team to hit back aggressively at the hosts. The loss in the first game definitely didn’t go down too well with Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who mentioned the side’s poor execution of skills. The visitors were simply mediocre with the ball in the first game as a late onslaught from the hard hitting Elton Chigumburra caught India off guard.
“Ultimately, it was a contest between bat and ball. It was all about execution, I thought the last ball was fantastic,” said Dhoni in the post-match presentation of the first game. “We didn’t bowl and field that well either. Soft dismissals, some of the wickets we lost were catching practice. I feel this is a stage where most of them would feel the pressure, I hope they learn from it, it is a good learning curve, but there were mistakes from the batsmen. Not a lot to think about, we didn’t play our best XI. The Zimbabwe batsmen batted very well, but we didn’t bowl well either.”
A loss in the second game will mean comprehensive humiliation for the second-ranked Indian side. In order to stay alive in the series, India needs to win the second game at all costs. A key point which MS Dhoni mentioned in the post match presentation last evening was about the fact that India didn’t play its best XI.
The point raised by Dhoni was clearly evident as a lot of Indian players seemed to be rusty in the middle. Rishi Dhawan and Jaydev Unadkat were terrible with the ball as the Zimbabwean batsmen feasted on some poor bowling by the two. With the series on the line, the Indians are bound to make a few changes to their playing XI. Jaydev Unadkat in all probability will be replaced by the impressive Barinder Sran, while Rishi Dhawan will make way for Dhawal Kulkarni. The batting department shouldn’t be altered for the second game.
Predicted Indian XI for the second T20I:
- KL Rahul 2. M. Singh 3. A. Rayudu 4. M. Pandey 5. K. Jadhav 6. MS Dhoni 7. A. Patel 8. D. Kulkarni 9. B. Sran 10. J. Bumrah 11. Y. Chahal