Cricket match date: 08th February 2019
Cricket match time: 11:30 am IST
Cricket match location: Eden Park, Auckland
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: India tour of New Zealand 2018/19
Team A: New Zealand
Team B: India
Team A Captain: Kane Williamson
Team B Captain: Rohit Sharma
Cricket Match Preview:
India and New Zealand will take on each other in the second T20 international cricket game of the three-match cricket series. By the time this piece is being written, the first cricket game has not been played as yet. India won the ODI cricket series by the margin of 4-1 and will now be looking to win the T20 cricket series as well. New Zealand, on the other hand, would like to get back to winning ways soon.
India have had a wonderful time in the past year and it has been a year that will be written as one of the golden periods of Indian cricket history. No Indian side had ever managed to win as consistently and in such emphatic manner in overseas conditions like this cricket side has done. ODI cricket series wins in South Africa, Australia and now in New Zealand are the biggest testimonies of that.
India had a brilliant ODI series against New Zealand. Barring one cricket game, they looked in control and every bit the favourite side they are going to be in the upcoming cricket World Cup. Winning 4-1 against New Zealand in New Zealand is a big feat and now they have the chance to enjoy themselves in a low stake T20 cricket series.
India are going to bring in some youngsters into the squad and they are sure to get their chances. The likes of Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya will be looking to impress once again and seal their spot in this format of the cricket game. It could be their last chance to impress the selectors and get on the flight to UK for the upcoming cricket World Cup.
Despite losing the ODI cricket series, New Zealand remain as one of those sides who have a formidable record in T20 cricket format. India have the chance to set the record in T20 cricket format in New Zealand. They have not won a single cricket game in New Zealand so far in the shortest format of the cricket game. With the kind of record-breaking spree India is in, it would be hard to bet against them.
Cricket Match Information:
New Zealand will take on India in the 2nd T20 cricket game of the three-match T20 cricket series. New Zealand lost the ODI cricket series against India and would like to get things straight in the T20 cricket series. Virat Kohli has now been rested and will not be part of the squad for the remainder of the cricket tour. In his absence, Rohit Sharma is leading the side.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand had not been at their best in the ODI cricket series. They won the 4th cricket ODI by a huge margin and our prediction is they will play the same playing eleven that played in that cricket game.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Daryl Mitchell
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Colin Munro
- Ish Sodhi
- Tom Latham
- Colin de Grandhomme
- SC Kuggeleijn
- Doug Bracewell
- LH Ferguson
- Mitchell Santner
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India had wrapped up the cricket series with two cricket games to go. They are now taking part in the T20 cricket series. Our prediction is of the inclusion of the likes of Krunal Pandya and Rishabh Pant in the playing eleven. The likes of Mohammad Shami has been rested from this cricket series.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Shubhman Gill
- Kedar Jadhav
- Krunal Pandya
- MS Dhoni
- Rishabh Pant
- Hardik Pandya
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Khaleel Ahmed
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Rishabh Pant is likely to get an opportunity in the second T20 cricket game. His hard-hitting attitude and bravado is something that can get him back in the reckoning in the ODI cricket as well. Our prediction is of a good performance from him in this cricket game.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international cricket T20 played here produced the scores of 179 and 144 by New Zealand and Sri Lanka, respectively. Our prediction is of a middling scoring cricket game between the two sides with the scores of around 140. Conditions are expected to be dry.
India will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They won the ODI cricket series and will be looking to finish the tour with T20 series win as well. Hence, our prediction is of India’s victory in this cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Rishabh Pant (IND) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Krunal Pandya (IND) – 3 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Rishabh Pant (IND)
New Zealand – 2.10
India – 1.60
*odds may change anytime