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|Colin de Grandhomme||5.0||3||3||1||0.60|
|Colin de Grandhomme||26||44||4||0||59.09|
|Colin de Grandhomme||9.0||2||31||0||3.44|
India unbeaten run in the World Test Championship has been broken and it now faces another very tough examination at Christchurch. India was rolled over by New Zealand and beaten by ten wickets. Virat Kohli may not think so but the defeat was a massive one by any measure. Losing the first test is not alien to India, though and it has shown an incredible ability to bounce back on recent tours.
New Zealand is not going to make things any easier. The pitch looks lush green and could make the toss a huge factor once more. New Zealand is also going to welcome back Neil Wagner for this match, giving it a pleasant selection headache.
Can New Zealand go 2-0 up and ensure that it remains relevant in the race to Lords?
New Zealand vs India second Test Match 2020 is going to be played at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch starting on the 28th of February 2020.
New Zealand did everything right in the first test match and never let India gain any sort of foothold. There is no need to change anything for Kane Williamson and his men for this match either. We are sure that New Zealand will want to target the Indian batting on a pitch that looks to be even more helpful that what we saw in the first test.
The big news is the return of Neil Wagner poses an interesting selection dilemma for New Zealand. All three of their fast-bowlers were brilliant in the first test including the hugely impressive Kyle Jamieson. Leaving any one of them out seems unfair. At the same time, Neil Wagner has been consistently the best test bowler for New Zealand over the last one year and not picking him when available is unthinkable as well.
We think New Zealand is going to go in with an all-pace bowling attack and leave Ajaz Patel out. He bowled a total of six overs in the match and did not take a wicket. Not having him is going to change nothing for New Zealand.
The all-pace bowling attack with support from Colin de Grandhomme and Kane Williamson as needed looks very potent. India’s batsmen have struggled to cope with the movement on offer and the opportunity for this attack to run through them very much exists.
New Zealand’s batsmen handled the Indian bowlers pretty well. Kane Williamson led from the front alongside Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, and Tom Blundell. While not too many batsmen got big scores, they all hung around and never lost wickets in clusters.
TWM Latham, TA Blundell, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, TG Southee, N Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, TA Boult.
Virat Kohli was defiant in the press conference after the loss in the first test match and insisted that nothing much needed to be changed. He has a point. India is the number one ranked team in the world and has won test matches around the world in the last couple of years.
However, there is no doubt that India came up short in the first test and they need to step things up.
Prithvi Shaw has looked out of place against the swinging ball and we wonder if the more technically proficient Shubman Gill might be given a chance. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and AJinkya Rahane have all struggled to different degrees.
A tour without a single fifty is starting to pile some pressure on to Virat Kohli. This is the time when he responds with a combative inning so that could be something to look forward to.
India’s batting has been quite poor and Mayank Aggarwal is the only batsman that has shown the discipline required to succeed. Putting away the shots and waiting for conditions to ease might be something that the Indian batsmen need to do in this match.
While the batting was not up to the mark, the real concern would be the lack of wickets to Bumrah and Shami. Both of them could only take one wicket each and it was Ishant Sharma that looked dangerous every time he came on to bowl.
We also expect Ravindra Jadeja to come into the side in place of Ashwin. Neither spinner is going to have a huge impact with the ball in this match but the extra batting of Ravindra Jadeja could certainly come in handy.
India is up against the wall and respite does not seem to be around the corner.
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, V Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, H Vihari, RR Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, JJ Bumrah.
The team that wins the toss is almost certainly going to want to bowl first. Winning the toss should be seen as a big advantage and be taken into account while placing your bets.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The weather forecast for the duration of the test match is quite good. Some rain and clouds on day three could be something to watch out for but the general expectation is for no overs to be lost due to the conditions.
The early images from the Hagley Oval show a pitch that is completely green and almost indistinguishable from the outfield. The ball is going to swing, seam, bounce, and make the batsmen dance. There have been occasions in the past when the look of the pitch has not equated to help during the match so that is something we will have to see.
On the whole, bowling first could be a big advantage for the teams.
The return of Neil Wagner makes New Zealand even more difficult to beat than it already was. Its batsmen are much better accustomed to the conditions and the bowlers have the upper hand against the Indian batsmen as well. A loss of form for Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah makes India very vulnerable in this match.
Bet on New Zealand to win.
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