New Zealand and India will meet in their second ODI on Sunday, November 27th, at Seddon Park in Hamilton, The match is due to begin at 2:30 pm local time.
India already know they have a big fight on their hands after the first T20I in Auckland. They suffered a seven wicket defeat there, as the Kiwis notched up their 13th successive home ODI victory. That victory was built on a superior batting performance, with Kane Williamson and Tom Latham sharing an unbeaten stand of 221 for the fourth wicket.
Do India have the personnel to end that run?
Key talking points
India can talk positives and negatives from Auckland
Although India were well beaten in the end in Auckland, it was not all gloom for them.
In particular, they can take positives from the batting of their top order – often a weakness for them in all forms of cricket – with Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer all among the runs. In particular Dhawan will feel that he has answered those critics who say that he too old still to be involved with the ODI side.
They will also be pleased how Shardul Thakur was able to inject some momentum into the innings at the end.
On the negative side, Rishabh Pant’s disappointing from with the bat continues,, and he is looking a shadow of his normal self just now. He desperately needs one good innings to get his confidence back, because India needs his ability to change the direction of an innings.
Greater concern, though, rests with the bowlers. With the exception of debutant Umran Malik, they looked toothless in Auckland, and the injured Jasprit Bumrah remains a big miss. They desperately need to uncover another strike bowler who can take wickets before the World Cup next year.
Williamson provides reminders of his class
Williamson was released by his Indian T20 franchise, the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this month, but he has not let that affect him, and he continues to be a highly effective exponent of white ball cricket.
In the one T20I he did play he top scored for his side, and in Auckland he showed all his experience in his stand with Tom Latham, assuming the role of senior partner at first, before being content to take a back seat and let Latham steal the limelight.
Any Indian franchises looking for a useful addition to their squad in next month’s mini-auction could do worse than consider investing in him.
The weather forecast for the Hamilton area for Sunday is a mixture of sunshine and showers, so some interruption to play might be possible. The weather is expected to remain cool for the time of year.
The pith in Hamilton is an excellent one on which to bat, with a good and predictable amount of bounce, encouraging batters to play their shots. The outfield is very quick and, given that the boundaries are relatively short, anything that finds the middle of the bat might race away for four.
Both teams are unlikely to change the teams from the XIs that started the match in Auckland. New Zealand will not want to break up a winning side, whilst India will consider that their team deserve a second chance.
Time for experimentation may come in the third match is that proves to be a dead rubber.
It is difficult to predict anything than that New Zealand will extend their winning home run to 14 ODIs in a row. Whilst they have the benefit of knowing the home conditions, the difference goes beyond that and lies principally in the respective bowling attacks. The Kiwis look capable of taking all ten wickets and India do not, unless the conditions are particularly favourable..
Worse still, they do not appear to have anybody who can hold down an end and stop the flow of runs when an opposition player gets the wind in his sails.
The new Indian selectors already have a big job on their hands, but that may be considered a priority.
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