With an eye on making a comeback in the series, India take on New Zealand in the second ODI at Eden Park on Saturday. The visiting team failed to defend a total of 347 in the opening ODI and lost by a margin of four wickets. Bowling was the weakest link in the first ODI for India. Despite that, it is unlikely that Virat Kohli will ring changes in the bowling combination.
New Zealand finally won a game in the ongoing series and would hope to register a victory in the second ODI to clinch the series. They are still without the services of captain Kane Williamson, who is expected to be fit for the third game.
The ground with the shortest boundary size, Eden Park was the venue for the first two T20Is of the series that were played last month. A score of above 400 is on the cards should both the teams carry their form into the second ODI of the series.
Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –
The visiting team might drop Kuldeep Yadav from the playin XI for Yuzvendra Chahal. He did take wickets two went but went for 84 runs. Chahal didn’t get many wickets in the T20I series but he played a pivotal role in Team India’s success. Rest of the players should keep their place in the playing XI. Shardul Thakur did go for 80 runs in eight overs but he is expected to be backed once again.
Likely playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
The home team will have a confirmed change in their playing XI. Kyle Jamieson will be making his ODI debut, replacing Ish Sodhi – he is playing for New Zealand A against India A. Rest of the players should keep their spots.
Likely playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett
My Dream11 team for IND vs NZ 2nd ODI –
Mayank Agarwal, Henry Nicholls (Captain), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ross Taylor, KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Jasprit Bumrah, Hamish Bennett