India vs New Zealand: The second T20 between India and New Zealand to be held on Sunday is also cloudy and rain can hinder this match as well. Although New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is hopeful that there will be sunshine on Sunday, but this does not seem to be happening. Rain has been predicted for the whole day which may hamper the preparation of their T20 squads by both the teams.
Have to hope that Rishabh Pant gets success as an opener against New Zealand. Pant was left out of the playing XI in the recent Asia Cup and T20 World Cup as India preferred Dinesh Karthik’s finishing touch.
Now Karthik is not in the team for this series, so Pant can be seen as an opener, as India is looking for an opener who can give an explosive start in the powerplay. But Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill are strong contenders for the opening and they have to make their debut. It will be interesting to see what role India have in store for the left-handed Pant, who is yet to prove himself in T20Is as opposed to Tests and ODIs.
Hardik Pandya will also be eager to show his leadership ability as he is being seen as India’s T20 captain till 2024 T20 World Cup. His rival Williamson will also be eager to improve his strike rate and show his usefulness in this format. Traditionally, Bay Oval is considered a high-scoring ground in terms of T20s. All tickets for this match are sold out unless rain is a hindrance.
Probable Playing XI –
India: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer/Sanju Samson/Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik/Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
< p style ="text-align: justify;">New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson.