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After beating the Kiwis comprehensively in the first ODI, the visitors will be fancying their chances on 26th January in the second match of the series as the action shifts to Bay Oval at Mt Maunganui. Having said that, the Kiwis are always difficult to beat at their home grounds and are known to bounce back hard. The first ODI will be remembered for many things, but the thing that'll be remembered the most is the sun halting play. Yes, you heard that right. The play was halted for a few minutes with sun's glaze coming right into the batsmen's eyes which resulted in the loss of an over. The upcoming two matches will be of super significance for Indians as Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two matches. The Kiwis are going to come out hard in the next game and the Indians aren't going to hold back either - a nail-biting game is definitely on the cards.
Before the layoff of 12 days, New Zealand had comfortably defeated Sri Lanka in all the limited-overs matches of that tour. However, they looked rusty and unfamiliar with the conditions in the first ODI at the Napier.
On a surface that assisted spin, the Kiwis started it all wrong when they picked Doug Bracewell over Ish Sodhi. It, however, wouldn't have mattered much considering that the total they needed to defend was too little. Mt Maunganui is a bigger ground and the Kiwis are expected to bring in Ish Sodhi. Although Bracewell bowled well, he is the most likely candidate to be dropped with Tim Southee and Trent Boult being the other two quick bowlers in the lineup.
Apparently, Indian bowling was too good for the Kiwi batsmen who failed to be of any resistance whatsoever. Barring Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, none of their batsmen looked comfortable against the spin duo of Kuldeep and Chahal. That is something they'd need to work on. Taylor was deceived by Chahal's extremely slow delivery, but given the way he's done in the recent games, he is one man India won't be taking lightly. Since 2015, Ross Taylor has scored at an average which is second only to Virat Kohli.
Contrary to what other Kiwis looked to be, Kane Williamson looked entirely in control almost throughout his innings. He was brilliant in picking the gaps and picking up important runs to maintain the tempo of the innings. In recent times, the Kiwis have bounced back hard after a bad performance on almost every occasion. Henry Nicholls has been in terrific touch in white-clothing and will be itching to replicate his form in white-ball cricket. The Kiwis have one of the world's most dangerous opening pair in limited-overs cricket which is at least on par with India's, if not better.
The hosts have plenty of wrinkles to iron out going into the next game, but they're known to do that quickly. They'd have to find a way to tackle KulCha in the middle-overs, and if they can do it, we'll be in for a treat at the Bay Oval on Saturday.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, TWM Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Doug Bracewell, IS Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, TA Boult.
Considering the way Indians have done in the recently concluded one-day internationals, they would be in a great mental space. We couldn't see KulCha bowling in tandem in Australia and they exhibiting the difference they make while bowling together. They not only dry up the runs in the middle overs but also pick up important wickets and that was one of the main reason the Kiwis struggled in the opening ODI.
Although Mohammad Shami bowled his heart out in Australia, he did not have the numbers to show. He was rewarded beautifully in the first ODI for his consistency and his hard work with four wickets against his name in the scorecard. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's tight spell early on proved to be just the spell he needed at the other end.
India are taking this series as a preparatory ground to the world cup and to assess the performance of the players to put together the right squad for the World Cup. Mohammad Shami has done exceedingly well since his return and is certainly going to be a top pick.
India have a bowling lineup with plenty of options. Kedar Jadhav is known to be a man with golden arm and Vijay Shankar wasn't required to bowl much as the two wrist spinners and Shami had already dealt the Kiwis with the knockout punch.
Batting-wise, India looked professional all-along the chase. Although Shikhar Dhawan has repeatedly failed to convert starts into a big one, the management won't be too be worried about it. Ambati Rayudu looked a little rusty for his brief stay in the middle, but the rustiness should probably go away once he spends more time in the middle, and he's facing tough competition from Dinesh Karthik for the lone number four spot. With Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni in scintillating form, it's going to be hard to stop Indians for the Kiwis.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, V Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, V Shankar, YS Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
The conditions aren't likely to change over the course of the match and with the batting-friendly surface, it is, setting a total will be a challenge in itself. Therefore we expect the team winning the toss will elect to field first.
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With temperatures hoving around 20 degrees throughout the day and negligible chances of rain, it's going to be a perfect day to play. The surface at Mt Maunganui is better suited for spin bowling which is helped the relatively larger boundaries. The last ODI played here more than six hundred runs in total and we can expect yet another run-feast for the batsmen. Considering the batting fire-power available at disposal for both the sides, the team batting first will be looking to put at least 320 runs on the board.
These are early days on the tour and we still have a lot of time too. Indians without a doubt have started on a happier note, but shouldn't be complacent going into the next game. For New Zealand, owning the middle-overs will be the key. Nothing will disrupt India's plans as much as keeping their wrist-spinners at bay. India have a batting lineup that had middle-order concerns before coming to Australia, but MS Dhoni's assured knocks along with good support from Jadhav and Karthik address those concerns, at least to some extent. Even without Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, Indians have a bowling attack that is varied and capable of picking up wickets. On top of that, their middle order concerns appear to be resolved and top-order was never of a concern. Although it will be a lot closer contest at Mt Maunganui as compared to that at Napier, considering the above-mentioned factors, India are more likely to emerge triumphant once again.
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