India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Tourists Bat First, Axar Patel Returns
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first in the crucial second One-Day International against India at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
The visitors have gone in with the same lineup that won the first game in Mumbai. On the other hand, the hosts have made one change, bringing in Axar Patel in place of Kuldeep Yadav.
Here is what the captains said:
We are going to have a bat. Looks like a good surface. It was a very good performance, but it is a new day and we have to play well. It was very humid and more dry heat here. Same XI.
We wanted to field anyway, not such a bad thing. Generally the wicket plays better in the evening. We have won 9 out 11 in recent times, you lose one here and there. We need such things to come back around. One change, Axar Patel as the all-rounder for Kuldeep.
India will have a lot to ponder about when they walk into the field for the game. The first and foremost on Virat Kohli & Co.’s mind will be to deal successfully with the left-arm pacers. The likes of Mohammad Amir and Jason Behrendorff have wreaked havoc on the Indian batting lineup and the first match in Mumbai saw the Indian players struggling against Trent Boult.
The second will obviously be to win the match to extend the winning run this year. India are yet to lose an ODI series under Kohli, and the skipper will be desperate to continue the impressive run.
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On the other hand, the Kiwis will be brimming with confidence after the convincing 6-wicket win in the first match. Barring the top-order collapse during the chase, they had the game under their control throughout and will be eyeing another clinical performance to seal a historic series win.
Here is the playing eleven of both the teams:
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
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