Date: 21 January 2023
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
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After a hard-fought win in the 1st ODI, Team India will look to seal the series when they will face New Zealand in the 2nd ODI at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday (January 21). While Team India enjoyed a dominating performance with the bat, the bowlers struggled to get the lower order and went for plenty in the middle overs. New Zealand, on the other hand, would be hoping for a better show from both ball and bat to make it 1-1.
The pitch at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium has assisted batters in the past. The team batting first will have a chance to score over 300. However, spinners might come into play in the second innings.
Team India's batting once again stood out as Shubman Gill's brilliant double century helped the side post a mammoth 349 on board in the first ODI. However, it was the team's bowling in the middle overs that were put to real test by lower-order batters Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner. Despite reducing the visitors to 131/6, New Zealand fell short by just 12 runs in first game. While Men in Blue's starting and death bowling looked sorted, their inability to pick wickets in the middle overs almost cost India the game. Rahul Dravid and Co. need to come up with a better plan to close out the games.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik
While New Zealand bowlers looked clueless against Shubman Gill, their lower order kept them in the hunt. While the visitors might feel they came close to winning, the team does need some fixing. Despite getting early wickets, New Zealand bowlers couldn't capitalize as they went for plenty in the middle overs. Their fielding was also below the mark as the side gave a reprieve to Shubman Gill on a couple of occasions which hurt them badly. The top order didn't contribute much as well in the game. Team will be hoping for a better effort in the 2nd game.
SportsTiger Playing XI of New Zealand
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner
Although New Zealand had their chances in 1st ODI, it won’t be easy to beat in-form India at home.
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