Date: November 19, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Preview: After a close contest in Jaipur, the battle between India and New Zealand shifts to Ranchi. While the visitors would be fighting to save the series, the guest, on the other hand, will be having a good opportunity to seal the matter in their favour before the Kiwis put them under the pump. It will be interesting to see what will be the game plan of Rahul Dravid-Rohit Sharma duo in the second game. Will India cross the hurdle in Ranchi and make the third match a dead rubber or the Kiwis bounce back to force India to play a decider in Kolkata? It all remains to be seen.
Pitch Report: The surface at the JSCA International Stadium Complex is expected to be a batting-friendly wicket. However, bowlers will also have something for them, especially the spinners. Considering the arrival of the dew on the field with the passage of the game, winning the toss and bowling first could be a good choice.
India: India, as a team, has had a decent outing in Jaipur. The top-order performed yet again, however, it would be the form of the rest of the batters that is a thing to ponder for them. Saying so, the bowling too needs improvement, every Indian bowler apart from Bhuvi and Ashwin was expensive in the game. Though India are 1-0 up, they will expect their lower-middle order batters, and others bowlers to step up with the performance.
New Zealand: They failed to choke India in the final overs, despite putting up a good performance towards the end of the game. However, the innings (63 off 50) of Mark Chapman would definitely give them a lot of confidence going ahead into the series as the side already lacks experienced batter, Kane Williamson. They also need to address batting woes as Martin Guptill was the only batter after Chapman to make a noticeable contribution. Meanwhile, in the bowling department, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson impressed with their performances.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne
Conclusion: Though toss is likely to play a key role in the match, India look favourites. This is not only for the fact that they lead the series, but also because they are more familiar with the conditions and their top order looks comparatively more solid.
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