Date & Time: Saturday, February 08, 07:30 IST
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Can India bounce back?
New Zealand, at last, registered a victory against India as they chased down a mammoth 347 in the first ODI. Ross Taylor who failed to take the team home in the last 3 T20Is has made sure to take the team across the line. For India, it has been the same story as the last ODI series back home where they lost the first match. Now it will be interesting to see whether they can bounce back away from home as they did it at home.
Kyle Jamieson the lanky pacer will be making his debut in Auckland and he will be replacing Ish Sodhi in the playing XI. India might consider bringing in Navdeep Saini in place of Shardul Thakur who has been expensive in the last match.
India possible XI
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand possible XI
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w/c), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson,Hamish Bennett.
Auckland has been a sporting venue with 290 being the average score of first innings in the last 5 matches played here. If anything to go by Sodhi’s exclusion for the 2nd ODI or historical data the surface here has assisted pacers more. The short straight boundaries here don’t help the spinners much.
His conversation rate has declined a bit in the last 20 innings where he only converted a fifty into a hundred twice out of 10 times. But now it’s time for him to step up with a big score. With the series on the line and given he is the most experienced batsman in the absence of Rohit Sharma, we can expect a fine performance. He has a PPM of 70 and an MDTA of 1.33 in the last 4 matches played in New Zealand.
One just can’t keep him out of the fantasy team even given he bats at No.5 in the format. He seems to have found the tempo needed for middle-order batsmen. He has scored 88 & 80 in the two matches that he bat at No.5. Given at least 15 overs to bat on expect nothing different from him in Auckland as well.
He has been the main for Kiwis in the absence of Williamson which was evident in the first ODI. He made sure to take the team home in the first ODI, unlike T20Is. Considering his form in the last two innings across formats, there is every chance he might continue the same even given his mediocre record at the venue. He has a PPM of 17 in the last two ODIs played here.
It looks like India brings the best out of him. Irrespective of wherever he has played against India he has played a crucial role for Kiwis especially sweeping the spinners like a feast. He has a PPM of 62 and an MDTA of 1.15 in the 15 matches played against India.