India takes on New Zealand in the second ODI in Raipur on November 21. This is the first-ever international cricket match played at this venue. The Men in Blue lead the series 1-0 after winning the first ODI by 12 runs. The Kiwis are facing a must-win situation heading into the second game. A win for India in the second game would help India win another ODI series at home.
The first ODI was a high-scoring encounter with a total of 686 runs being scored. Shubman Gill scored his maiden ODI double ton and broke several records in the process. He became the youngest batter ever to score an ODI double-century. He also became the fifth Indian batter to score a double century after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and Ishan Kishan.
Michael Bracewell batted outstandingly for the Kiwis and broke several records himself. He scored his second ODI ton batting at number seven. He also added a 162-run stand with Mitchell Santner (57) which is the third-highest for the seven wicket.
Both teams have announced their ODI squads. Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue while Tom Latham will lead the Kiwis. Regular skipper Kane Williamson has decided to opt out of the tour. Along with him, the likes of Tim Southee and Trent Boult are also missing.
Both sides have played 114 ODIs between themselves with India winning 56 games and the Kiwis winning 50. Bilateral series between both teams have been always closely contested and the ongoing series is also expected to be the same.
India vs New Zealand Match Preview, 2nd ODI
Team India would look to build on the good start. The focus will be on Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj both of whom performed outstandingly well for their side. There are opportunities for the others to step up their game heading into the second ODI.
The absence of Shreyas Iyer in the series has opened up the middle-order. Suryakumar Yadav batted at number four in the first ODI and Ishan Kishan batted at five. They are expected to retain their spots. India are also missing the services of Axar Patel and KL Rahul who are unavailable for the New Zealand series for personal reasons.
Having registered a win in the first ODI it is unlikely that the management would change the playing XI. Hence it is another opportunity for all the bowlers to better their performance as well.
India’s Updated ODI Squad
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Rajat Patidar, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik.
The absence of Tim Southee and Trent Boult have already weakened the Kiwi bowling attack. The absence of the senior pacers was felt badly in the first ODI. The Kiwis decided not to play Ish Sodhi in the first ODI. Heading into the second ODI, the management would surely look to change the bowling attack.
The absence of Kane Williamson is a big setback to the batting-order too. However, the rest of the batters did not let the team feel his absence. The focus will be on Bracewell, especially after the knock that he played in the first ODI. The Kiwis have been known for their ability to always punch above their weight and hence the side can be expected to come hard at the hosts in Raipur.
New Zealand Squad
Tom Latham (Captain), Henry Nicholls, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi