The second match of the 3 match One Day Series between India and New Zealand will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Wednesday 25th October 2017.
The Kiwis will be on a roll after winning the 1st match of the series at Wankhede in Mumbai. But it was disappointing to see the home team lose in such a bad way.
Kohli will ask for a much-improved performance from his team when they take on the Kiwis on Wednesday. It was a mere struggle for India to face Trent Boult and Tim Southee on the wicket which had pace and bounce.
This is a worrying sign for the hosts because they won’t get flat wickets everywhere. They should know how to bat on these kinds of wickets.
Apart from skipper Kohli, no one soaked the pressure well. Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni tried but that wasn’t enough.
Players like Kedar Jadhav should step up and perform, it’s high time for Kedar. He hasn’t got runs after his 120 run knock against England on his home ground. He has got many opportunities but he always chose to ignore it or he wasted it.
On the other hand, the visitors will look to seal the series here; they would look to repeat the same performance at Pune also. Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Mitch Santner would be aiming to restrict the Indian batsmen at below par score this time as well.
Kane Williamson is just one step away from winning the 1st bilateral series against India in India. New Zealand hasn’t won an ODI series on the Indian soil, this time they have the best chance to do it.
New Zealand is currently leading the series 1-0, Kane Williamson will want his boys for the final push.
Skipper Kohli will want to win this ODI and stay alive in this series. Last time when India played an ODI at Pune, they won it by 3 wickets against England.
Chasing 350 runs for the victory India were reduced to 64 for 5 by the England bowlers. But the local hero Kedar Jadhav and skipper Kohli shared a much-needed partnership to win the match from that precarious position.
Kedar Jadhav’s 120 and skipper Kohli’s 122 sealed the match in India’s favour.
India should take some inspiration from that match. They should win the match to stay alive and level the series to 1-1.
Kedar Jadhav is expected to play that type of a knock, otherwise, his place in the side is in danger. After being dropped from the T20 squad, Kedar should play well to cement his place in the ODI squad.
Openers also failed in the opening match. Shikhar and Rohit should give India a good start in the 2nd match.
Dinesh Karthik played decently but he should aim to carry on his good work. If he wants to cement his place in the side then he should play long innings, just like Kohli did in the 1st game.
MS Dhoni isn’t a finisher now like he was in his heydeys, now he should look to anchor the innings with players around him. He should not aim to finish the game but he should make players like Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ready for that job.
MSD should play sensibly, with his age and range of shots in mind.
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvi can take up the finishing role. For that, they need to be very sensible in their approach.
Bhuvneshwar played very well for his 15 balls 26 runs; Kohli will expect him to continue his batting form. But Hardik wasn’t sensible at all in the first game.
After hitting a six, he tried it again and in that process he lost his wicket. He should understand that every ball can’t be hit for a six or a four. When a player like Kohli is around, Hardik should concentrate on singles and quick twos also. He should run fast between the wickets just like Kohli and Dhoni does.
For all the batsmen, including a senior player like MS Dhoni, all should take Kohli as their batting inspiration. Kohli is the role model for all in this generation.
New Zealand took it, when they lost 3 quick wickets, they played like Kohli and guided their team to a win.
Ross Taylor and Wicketkeeper Batsman Tom Latham played superbly in the 1st ODI. They will need to continue that if the Kiwis want to seal the series at Pune.
The lower middle order of the New Zealand team was not tested in the 1st game, Indian bowlers will want to bowl to the inexperienced lower order batsmen.
The bowling attack of New Zealand is top class, Boult and Southee are the best in the world and they proved it again on Sunday.
But the Indian bowlers were whaked all over Wankhede stadium, after taking 3 quick wickets the Indian bowlers weren’t successful to pick the 4th one. Their bowling was the weakest point, as spinners too were not effective.
India should be aware of what Trent Boult and Tim Southee are capable off; it looked like the Indian batsmen took them lightly in the 1st game. But now they can’t afford that.
With the series at stake, the Indian team should not take anything lightly.
The Likely playing eleven of the Indian Team –
India might go with the same squad. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
The Likely playing eleven of the New Zealand team –
The Kiwis too will want to play with the same playing XI. Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Todd Astle, Tim Southee and Tom Latham.
Will New Zealand will be successful in winning the series in India? Or will Kohli’s men will make a strong come back?
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