New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first in the second T20I in Rajkot. Mohammed Siraj makes his international debut in the second T20 and replaces Ashish Nehra in the squad. Siraj plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
India lead New Zealand 1-0 in the three-match T20 series as they won the first T20 by 53 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. India defeated New Zealand for the first time in the T20 format in their ten year rivalry in the shortest format. Indian batsman decimated the Kiwi bowling line up in the first match as they notched up 202/3 in the opening match.
New Zealand has lost three matches on the trot on their tour of India as they haven’t won a match since their first ODI win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
We always wanted to bowl first anyway. Not such a bad thing to lose the toss. The support staff came in last evening and spotted some dew. I can’t be sure of New Zealand’s mindset to bat first – perhaps they want to go into the game without any pressure of batting. It is an opportunity for us to restrict them in the first innings; we’re getting to do what we wanted to do out here. We played a T20 game in the IPL and it was a brilliant track for batting. The dew could be an advantage in the second innings for us. Mohammed Siraj makes his debut in place of Ashish Nehra. He is an upcoming talent in the IPL and is an exciting prospect.
Kane Williamson :
We’ll look to bat first. It looks like a good surface. It is important that we put up a good score and come out strong to defend it. We’ve made two changes – Adam Milne in for Tim Southee. Glenn Philips in for Tom Latham.
India’s playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand’s playing XI:
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Glenn Philips, Henry Nicholls, Colin De Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.