India vs New Zealand: Second ODI Preview

Batsman faces bowler in front of packed cordon

India will look to bounce back following defeat in the first ODI when they take on New Zealand in Pune this Wednesday. 

Anything Virat Kohli could do, Tom Latham did better in Mumbai, where India slipped to a surprising deficit in the five-match series - and require a swift turnaround in the new week.

New Zealand showed exactly why they are considered dark horses, in any conditions - but must follow up their success at the Wankhede Stadium with consistency in Pune.

India v New Zealand | Wednesday 25 October | Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium | 10:00

To Win Match
India 41/100 | Tie 35/1 | New Zealand 19/10

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India
Kohli's 31st century in the intermediate format of the international game went in vain on Sunday, when India failed to successfully negotiate the pressure forced by the Kiwis. Kohli gave credit where it was due, but will be acutely aware that some shortfalls were exposed - and need to be promptly rectified.

The role of Kedar Jadhav is increasingly in the spotlight. If he isn't going to convert promising starts to innings of significance in the middle order and isn't being deployed as a sixth bowling option, perhaps he needs to make way for a specialist batsman or frontline bowler. Goodness knows India needed an alternative in Mumbai.

New Zealand got it right by coming at India quite hard in the opening 10 overs. The individual and collective advances of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro showed that the host attack can be fragile if the seamers are hampered by quick scoring, leaving the spinners in an uncomfortable position through the so-called middle overs.

While Sri Lanka and Australia couldn't do so against India earlier this year, New Zealand quickly found a middle order pair to bat through the bulk of the innings. The hard work put in by Ross Taylor and Tom Latham dictated proceedings to the opposition, rather than allowing Kohli and company to hold familiar ascendancy through the chase.

New Zealand
Experienced picked up in the Indian Premier League should, again, serve Trent Boult well in Pune. The fast bowler defied dull conditions, extracting pace and carry, which troubled the otherwise indomitable Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in particular. Tim Southee and Adam Milne can follow suit with similar economy in Pune.

Wednesday's venue has only hosted two ODIs, the last of which was in January this year, when India triumphed over England. The tourists put up a score of 350, but it wasn't nearly enough. Had one of their half-centurions converted to three figures, though, the result would have probably read differently. New Zealand will heed history.

The Black Caps shouldn't feel the need to tinker with a winning XI, but might fancy playing leg-spinner Ish Sodhi ahead of a seamer. Mitchell Santner carried the spin duties well in Mumbai, but it seems only right that he be afforded a fellow slow bowler in low, slow conditions typical of the sub-continent.

Latham and colleagues, too, will want to exploit an opposition attack that is potentially a seamer light. Perhaps the decision to overlook Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami wasn't the right decision after all, especially in the wake of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah's general lack of penetration in Mumbai.

Verdict: India 41/100
Unlike Sri Lanka and Australia's visit to India earlier this year, this five-match affair is shaping up as a proper contest, with the hosts tipped to square things up on Wednesday.


Written by Jonhenry Wilson for Hollywoodbets

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