New Zealand vs India 2020: 2nd ODI, Auckland - India's Predicted XI

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New Zealand vs India 2020: 2nd ODI, Auckland – India’s Predicted XI 

New Zealand vs India 2020: 2nd ODI, Auckland – India’s Predicted XI
Team India. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Despite setting a huge target, Virat Kohli’s men could not defend the total against New Zealand in the first Hamilton ODI. Indian bowlers were unable to provide breakthroughs to the team though batters displayed prolific performance after losing the toss.

Asked to bat first, the Men in Blue set 348-run target for the Black Caps. But this total looked small in front of Kiwi batters. The stand-in captain Tom Latham’s knock of 69 runs off 48 delivers changed the scenario of the ODI series opener. The veteran Ross Taylor scored unbeaten 109 off 84 balls and took Black Caps home in style.

Although India lost the first ODI match, the team is confident to bounce back in the second ODI which will be played on 8th February at Eden Park, Auckland.

Here we will discuss India’s Predictable XI for the penultimate ODI.

New Zealand vs India 2020 – India’s Predicted XI for Auckland ODI:

1.Prithvi Shaw:

Prithvi Shaw, ODI, Auckland
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Google)

Prithvi Shaw, who got the place after Shikhar Dhawan got injured, played the maiden ODI in Hamilton. The hard-hitting batsman scored 20 runs off 21 deliveries. Although he would like to deliver in the second fixture.

2.Mayank Agarwal:

Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Indian National Cricket Team
Mayank Agarwal (Photo: Getty Images)

The Karnataka player was another debutant for India. He was called in the ODI squad after Rohit Sharma got injured in the last T20I match. In the first game, Mayank set up a 50-run partnership with Shaw.

Agarwal will be eyeing to set a big score for Team India.

3.Virat Kohli:

Virat Kohli, Hamilton, ODI, New Zealand vs India 2020
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

After scoring a fine fifty, Indian skipper Kohli lost his wicket to the spinner, Ish Sodhi. Leg-spinners have become a weakness of Kohli in the recent past. In the ODI series against Australia, he lost his wicket to spinner Adam Zampa. For the upcoming ODI, he might work on his tactics to face spinner.

4. Shreyas Iyer:

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Coming to bat at No. 4, Shreyas Iyer played an incredible knock. He went on to score maiden ODI century in Hamilton. His performance has more or less solved the long-standing debate of who would seal the number four spot.

5. KL Rahul:

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. Credits: BCCI Twitter.

After playing as an opener in the T20I series, Indian skipper handed him the role of a finisher in the first ODI. Well, Rahul didn’t disappoint his captain’s wish. He scored unbeaten 88 runs off 64 balls, striking three fours and six maximums.

6. Kedar Jadhav:

Kedar Jadhav
Image Credit: BCCI

Kedar Jadhav was benched in the ODI series against Australia as Manish Pandey was given the opportunity. While in the first ODI match against Kiwis, Jadhav had made it to the Playing XI.  Jadhav scored 26* off 15 balls at the strike rate of 173.33.

7. Ravindra Jadeja:

Ravindra jadeja, New Zealand vs India

The all-rounder Jadeja didn’t get the opportunity to bat but he was also not effective with the ball. In 10 overs that he bowled, he went wicketless, giving almost seven runs in every over.

8. Navdeep Saini:

Zaheer Khan, Navdeep Saini

Shardul Thakur was the most expensive pacer for India. He picked a wicket in nine overs, however, he conceded 80 runs. Thus, he might lose his place to Navdeep Saini in the 50-over format.

9. Mohammed Shami:

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The pacer Shami has become a premier bowler in the shorter formats. He was the fruitful bowler in the T20I series as well as in the first ODI match.

10.Kuldeep Yadav:

Kuldeep Yadav,
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After the first ODI match, he has become the third most expensive bowler in ODIs. Though he is only Indian bowler to have two hat-tricks in the ODI format. His bowling figures in the first game were two for 84. However, he could not create pressure on Kiwis in the first ODI match. But he will surely make a strong comeback in the second match in Auckland.

11. Jasprit Bumrah:

jasprit bumrah, india national cricket team, india tour of new zealand,

Jasprit Bumrah conceded 13 wides in the first match and also went wicketless. Though he maintained the balance in the game.

Bumrah will be a key figure for India in the second ODI at Eden Park in Auckland.

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