The 3Ws (What, When, Where):
What: 2nd ODI of the India-New Zealand ODI series
When: 20th October 2016 at 1:30 pm
Where: Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
India convincingly thumped the tourist in the first ODI which was played in the picturesque Dharamshala stadium. The bowlers upped the ante by reducing the Kiwis to 65-7 from which they never really recovered. The debutant Hardik Pandya was rightfully awarded the MoM award as he made a case for himself with figures of 3/31 while being entrusted by the captain to open the bowling along with Umesh Yadav. While many can argue that Hardik Pandya got the chance out of the team management’s desire to experiment but he proved his detractors wrong. The increase in his pace and consistency was evident. Manish Pandey, who has been touted as the long-term solution for the no 4 position, will be looking to further consolidate his position in the team.
In the 2nd ODI, Indian bowlers will once again play a major role as this time around the Kiwi juggernauts will be looking to put some serious runs on the board. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have had a mediocre test series and they will be itching to get some runs under their belt. Tom Latham, who became just the 10th man in the history of ODI cricket to carry his bat, will look to bank on his good form and put up a solid performance for the visitors. Trent Boult is expected to make in the playing eleven and he along with Tim Southee will form a formidable pair with the new ball. The Kiwis will be expecting Martin Guptill to come out with all guns blazing. The firepower of Corey Anderson and James Neesham could prove handy provided the top order gives a good start to the innings. Luke Ronchi could also be dropped in favour of a more responsible B J Watling as Ronchi has not crossed 47 runs since January 2015. Stopping the Indian run-machine, Virat Kohli, will be one of the 100 other problems that they have to address to win their first match of a disappointing winless tour.
Head-to-head: India-47, NZ-41, No Result/Tied-6
Form Index (last 5 matches): WWWWW
Key Players: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra
Predicted 11: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, M S Dhoni(c & wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
Form Index (last 5 matches): LWLWW
Key Players: Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham
Predicted 11: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi/B J Watling(wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
Stats You Should Know:
-Virat Kohli averages a bradmanesque 93.20 in ODIs played this year.
-M S Dhoni, who boasts of a career average in excess of 50, has been averaging a paltry 17 with the bat in the year 2016. Ageing reflexes, ha?
-This will be Rohit’s Sharma 150th ODI
The 3Ws (What, When, Where):