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IND vs NZ, 2nd T20I | Latest Team News, Preview and Predictions.

by  Lakshya Baghel  •  Last updated on 2021-11-19 14:14:40

gettyimages-1353831034-1-1637299937.jpgAnalysis for the match.

New Zealand’s fast bowling unit is certainly their strong suit, although the lack of a world class spin-bowler did not help their cause in the first T20i and Ish Sodhi may well be recalled after being rested for the match on Wednesday. Even if Sodhi is recalled however, India’s batters have the capability to cope with his threat with opener Rohit Sharma in good touch and a fearless top order behind him looking to make a statement to the new captain. Combine that with an extremely well-balanced bowling unit featuring the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar alongside Ravichandran Ashwin and you have an Indian team with all bases covered. Therefore, the home side are well worth backing to secure a second successive victory over the Black Caps in this one.

Must see points.

1). India has a stronger batting lineup

2). New Zealand’s bowling lineup is quite good and capable of pulling off a few surprises

3). India’s spinners should be able to dominate the New Zealand batting in the middle overs

Head to Head.


Total Matches - 19

India - 9

New Zealand - 9

N/R - 1

In India>>

Total Matches - 7

India - 3

New Zealand - 3

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Match Prediction: India to win the match.

1). If India won the toss and opted to bowl first, NZ could score 145-165 runs.

2). If NZ won the toss and opted to bowl first, IND could score 150-170 runs.

Secondary Predictions.

1). Rohit Sharma total runs - over 22.5 runs.

The Indian skipper batted exceptionally well in the previous game and scored a match-winning 48. While the Hitman was careful against the challenging deliveries, he didn’t mind dispatching the lose deliveries for boundaries. However, the veteran batter would have wanted to finish off the game. Nevertheless, he’ll face the Kiwi bowlers once against and would like to play a similar or even more substantial knock.

2). India total runs after 6 overs - over 48.5 runs.

This is a great session bet for this match. The pitch in Ranchi is expected to be an absolute belter and India's top order is in good form. We can see them score at over 7.5 runs per over quite easily, especially with six of them being in the powerplay.

3). Total sixes in the match - over 11.5

We are going to bet on more than 11.5 sixes being hit in this match. There is a real focus on both teams to hit more sixes as the matches continue and the odds have not quite caught up. To get the Over/Under line at 11.5 for a match in Ranchi is brilliant value. Do not miss this one.


Match Preview.

India did not experiment much with its batting lineup in the first match. Rohit and Rahul played freely followed by Suryakumar Yadav. It is quite expected for the Indian top order to be able to do well while playing in home conditions and win matches.

The toss also had a big role to play in the previous match as India has the better of the conditions.

It will be interesting to see if Ruturaj Gaikwad will have a bigger role to play in this series than just sitting on the bench. He is someone that could definitely be in the scheme of things for India moving forward.

Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant, and Venkatesh Iyer were the middle-order for India. That can be seen as a bit of a weak spot that can be exploited by someone like Lockie Ferguson. This Indian team is not a very good six-hitting team and could only manage six in the previous match.

A bet against India to hit the most sixes may be something that is worth considering for sure.

Axar Patel got a game in the previous match ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal and that may be something that India swaps a bit although the depth in batting could be exposed if Chahal does play.

Ashwin picked up two wickets in the previous match and was the joint high wicket-taker. You may want to consider him once more for the Top Bowler betting market.

New Zealand has never defeated India in a T20 series in India and it got off to a pretty poor start in the previous match as well. The batsmen did their job decently led by Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman but not having Kane Williamson or Jimmy Neesham for the series is a big blow.

Daryl Mitchell has not yet proven himself in the subcontinent and that is not always an easy thing to do. The same thing is also true for Tim Seifert and Rachin Ravindra as well. Glenn Phillips has a history of doing well in some of the T20 leagues but he will find it tough against the quality spinners.

New Zealand’s batting is a big concern and we would avoid betting on it in this match.

The dew made life tough for New Zealand in the previous match and nullified what its biggest strength is. Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Mitch Santner, Tim Southee, and Todd Astle are a superb bowling lineup.

If they have a little bit of luck with the toss, we expect them to be more effective against the Indian batting.

Take a punt on Lockie Ferguson to be the top bowler for New Zealand in this match. He bowls at the death and tends to pick up a lot of wickets.

Match details.

Time - Nov 19th, 07:00 pm, IST.

Venue - JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India.


Pitch reports.

The conditions in Ranchi are going to be batsmen-friendly and there are a lot of runs to be had. There will be some dew in the second inning that favors the chasing team. Spinners are going to have to work much harder in the second inning than in the first and this is why the team that bats first is going to need to score at least 20 runs more than par to be competitive.

Team News>>


Although they had Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan in their squad, India opted to only give an IT20 debut to all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer. We expect the priority to be to secure the series before handing out any other debuts. There are no injuries for India and we predict we will see the same XI in this match.The slow start to the 2021 T20 World Cup already seems a long time ago for this India side who have now won their last four IT20s.

Possible XI - Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar/ Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj

Bench - Deepak Chahar/ Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad

New Zealand>>

Tim Southee led a much changed side from Sunday’s T20 World Cup Final but it was the inclusion of Trent Boult which was the biggest surprise. Boult had been expected to miss the series but played alongside Lockie Ferguson who returned after missing the world cup through injury.The Black Caps had won five IT20 matches on the bounce before Sunday. However, they have now lost two in a row and need to find that winning mix again as soon as possible.

Possible XI - Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Bench - James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne