After New Zealand’s thumping win against India in the first ODI, the Kiwis are brimming with confidence to repeat the same in the second ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Ross Taylor, the architect of the innings in the first match, showed great endurance towards the Indian Spinners’ variations. Same can be expected of the top order in this match, with Munro and Guptill practicing to tackle the knuckle and slower balls from Indian pacers.
While there is not much to worry over, in the NewZealand XI, a bowler being brought in might be a good option for the Blackcaps. Ish Sodhi can prove to be a good replacement for someone like a Colid deGrandhomme.
Indian squad, on the other hand, looks much settled and might not see any changes in the coming match. While the top order is expected to fire, the middle really needs to learn to build the innings.
Indian middle order has not yet been tested properly, and it’s high time they learn how to build an innings properly. Kedhar, Karthik, Dhoni, and Hardik, who had good starts, threw away their wickets playing shots and couldn’t convert their starts. One of these need to bat till the end of the 50 overs and see the team through.
On the whole it looks like a good contest. Might expect some upsets.