While Mark Chapman fell without scoring, and Glenn Phillips is yet to make a substantial knock on the tour, the visitors will back them to do well in the second T20I in Lucknow, especially now with India looking to keep the series alive There is pressure.
Things went the exact opposite way for India in the first T20 match. During ODIs, his top order was becoming a big problem for New Zealand. In Ranchi, however, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tripathi contributed only 11 runs from 17 balls as India slumped to 15 for 3 in the fourth over.
India have Prithvi Shaw in the team but before the first T20I, Hardik Pandya had said that Shubman Gill is ahead of him in the pecking order. The team management is unlikely to change its mind after just one match.
India LWLWT (Last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
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With Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav bowling economically in Ranchi, while also taking three wickets between them, Yuzvendra Chahal might have to sit out again. Arshdeep Singh went for 27 runs in the last over but till then he had figures of 1/24 in three overs. So he should retain his spot, especially with India’s pace bowling department being short on experience.
India (Probable): 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya (c), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shivam Mavi, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Umran Malik, 11 Arshdeep Singh
New Zealand might not want to change the winning combination. That means left-arm fast bowler Ben Lister will have to wait to make his debut.
new zealand (Probable): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway (wk), 3 Mark Chapman, 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Michael Bracewell, 7 Mitchell Santner (c), 8 Ish Sodhi, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Jacob Duffy, 11 Blair Tickner
All five T20I matches hosted by the Ekana Stadium till date have been won by the team batting first. And after New Zealand successfully defended 176 in the first T20I despite the threat of dew in the second innings, both teams may elect to bat after winning the toss.