Fantasy Cricket: New Zealand vs India 2nd T20I Preview

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New Zealand vs India

New Zealand made a strong comeback after a below par ODI series to win the first T20I by 80 runs. It was the worst defeat ever for India In T20Is. Will the visitors be able to make a comeback?

The second match of the series will be played at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. New Zealand will look to clinch the series with a win, while the visitors will hope for a better outing.

New Zealand Preview

The Kiwis have lost five of their last six T20Is played at this venue, but are in good spirits after Wellington win. The addition of T20 specialists has made the Kiwis a strong unit.

With hard hitters all through the line-up, New Zealand look strong to post another strong batting performance. Players like Tim Siefert, Colin Munro and Ross Taylor will relish the short boundaries at this venue.

The Kiwis may look to bring in James Neesham in place of one of their misfiring all-rounders to give them more balance.

India Preview

India were humbled in Wellington and like their captain Rohit Sharma indicated, they were second-best in all departments. Even the team balance went for a toss, as India looked a player short in both batting and bowling.

The visitors will look for runs from their top-order, which will be crucial for their revival. Spinners will once again be vital for India as Yuzvendra Chahal could be reunited with Kuldeep Yadav for this important clash.

With their strong winning record on the line, the Indians will ring the changes and try to be competitive.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Tim Southee has roared back to form with a strong showing of 3/17 in the first match. His control will once again be at the forefront of the Kiwis’ charge.

Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t really scored big in this tour, while threatening to do so in every game. The swashbuckler will be key at the top of the order for India.

Kane Williamson scored a quick-fire 34 off 22 balls in the first T20I. His calm presence is a must for the Kiwis, to complement the hard-hitters.

Probable Teams:

New Zealand: 1 Colin Munro 2 Tim Seifert (WK) 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 James Neesham 6 Mitchell Santner 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Daryl Mitchell 9 Tim Southee 10 Lockie Ferguson 11 Ish Sodhi

India: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Rishabh Pant 4 MS Dhoni (WK) 5 Vijay Shankar 6 Krunal Pandya 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Yuzvendra Chahal 10 Kuldeep Yadav 11 Siddharth Kaul

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