The second T20I of the bilateral series between India and New Zealand will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi at 7 PM IST on Friday.
Rohit Sharma registered his first T20I victory as a full-time captain of the shortest format. The Indian opener also made a crucial contribution with the bat in the initial overs of the game. The first T20I showed that the Indian team consists of dependable batsmen at every position till number seven. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin’s form in the first game was the biggest positive for the Indian team. The new skipper will count on his two experienced contenders with the ball for the rest of the series. Suryakumar Yadav’s antics at number three solidify the host’s top-order batting line-up. The Indian team led by Rohit will aim to seal the series with a victory on Friday.
On the other end, New Zealand will be heading into this fixture on the back of a five-wicket defeat against the Indians. The interim skipper Tim Southee will be aiming to keep the series alive after defeating India in the upcoming match. The batsmen set up a defendable score in the first innings, which wasn’t enough for the skilled Indian batsmen. The bowlers brought NZ back into the game till a certain point at the back end of the innings by taking wickets and restricting Indians from scoring runs. Southee will count on his in-form players Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman and Trent Boult in a do-or-die game.
The head-to-head competition between the two teams is even as both teams have won nine matches each.
The last outing between the two teams took place on Thursday, the Indian team emerged victorious by five wickets.
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