Match Preview

India will face New Zealand in the 2nd T20I on 19 November at JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi. In the first match, India won by five wickets in the penultimate over. They’d aim to win in Ranchi with a more commanding performance and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. With the possibility of dew being a factor later in the evening, the toss might be pivotal in a must-win match for the visiting Black Caps.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced and will be better suited for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 20 – 21° C


Total matches                               2

Matches won batting first             1

Matches won bowling first            1

Average 1st Inns scores               157

Average 2nd Inns scores              88

Highest total recorded                  196/6 (20 Ov) by IND vs SL

Highest score chased                    49/1 (5.3 Ov) by IND vs AUS

Lowest score defended                 196/6 (20 Ov) by IND vs SL

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman is a dynamic player from his squad. His excellent skills as a wicketkeeper are something that his team can benefit from.

Matches – 138

Runs – 3634

Average – 33.03

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – He has improved his game by being more technically sound, having a better awareness of his off-stump, a more compact approach, and a higher level of patience. His repertoire of hard-hitting shots in his arsenal will be vastly useful for his team.

Matches – 362

Runs – 9668

Average – 32.01

2) Mark Chapman – In a jumble of semi-professional and incompetent Hong Kong cricketers, Chapman’s talent was never in dispute. Chapman is one of only ten players in history to strike a century in his ODI debut, and the only batter from the affiliate team to do so. He attained the milestone when he bowled an unbeaten 124 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Dubai on his debut.

Matches – 97

Runs – 1907

Average – 25.42                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3) Martin Guptill – Guptill, an enigmatic stroke maker by design, has been a stalwart of New Zealand’s batting in white-ball cricket for many years. The rhythm of Guptill’s strokeplay is a fundamental characteristic of his hitting. He is a difficult batsman to stop when he is in form, because of his uncanny ability to deal with both pace and spin

Matches – 285

Runs – 8104

Average – 32.03

4) Lokesh Rahul – He is a dependable player, and his unwavering determination, compact, airtight technique, and persistent attention in the crease are all reasons to select him for the team.

Matches – 171

Runs – 5677

Average – 43.33

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin made a name for himself in the IPL with his shrewd and street-smart exploits in the shorter format of the game. He has made it a habit to pick up wickets, especially when the conditions are dry and dusty, which encourages turn. He’s created a reputation for himself in the shorter formats, where his accuracy and shrewdness have helped him establish himself as a reliable bowler.

Matches – 264

Wickets – 263

Economy – 6.92

2) Mohammad Siraj – Siraj has a deceptive run-up that initially gives the impression that a left-arm bowler is on his way in. He is, however, a right-handed pitcher who, according to him, is a natural at getting the ball to swing into the right-hander. He has always been able to bowl a fast bouncer.

Matches – 86

Wickets – 107

Economy – 8.11

3) Trent Boult – In the death overs, the left-arm quick medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and shift pace and lengths makes him a devastating bowler.

Matches – 143

Wickets – 169

Economy – 8.16

4)  TG Southee – He’s honed a wide range of delivery styles and is not only a great new-ball bowler, but he’s also an old-ball bowler, thanks to pace variations and reverse swing. Apart from being a deft bowler, Southee has also demonstrated his ability to strike the long ball several times.

Matches – 212

Wickets – 236

Economy – 8.24

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Axar Patel – With his accurate bowling, he has challenged numerous batters, squeezing them for space and purchasing wickets, which is the need of the hour in T20 cricket. Axar Patel is one of India’s best developing players, with age on his side and a laser-like focus. He is tailor-made for limited-overs games, with the ability to score quick runs with the bat and the ability to smother the runs. He is expected to be an asset to the Indian side in the years to come.

Matches – 165

Runs – 1743

Average – 21.00

Wickets – 142

Economy – 6.83

2) Mitchell Santner – While some believe he is a brilliant bowler who can bat a little, given his technique and attitude, it is reasonable to term him a true hitter. For the time being, he is in the side as a jack-of-all-trades cricketer who can do a little bit of everything. While this may work in shorter formats, it is unlikely to earn him a spot in red-ball cricket.

Matches – 114

Runs – 1140

Average – 21.11

Wickets – 108

Economy – 7.10

Predicted Playing 11

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Siraj.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.


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