New Zealand vs India – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs India taking place? Sunday 26th January, 2020 – 06:50 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs India taking place? Eden Park, Auckland

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs India? 21c in sunshine and clear skies

What channel is New Zealand vs India on? The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Mix

Where can I stream New Zealand vs India? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs India? Ticket details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • Despite making over 200 in the first T20I of the five-match series with India, New Zealand could not restrict the tourists sufficiently as they fell to defeat and must now quickly regroup for the second game at Eden Park.
  • Kane Williamson made a welcome return to the side with the skipper notching a half-century and joined Colin Munro and Ross Taylor in surpassing 50 with the latter ending unbeaten on 54 from just 27 deliveries.
  • Hamish Bennett made his T20I debut for the Blackcaps but did not have much of an impact with the ball and that is one area the hosts will need to improve with all-rounders Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell pushing for a spot in the side for this second contest.

INDIA

  • India overcame the early loss of Rohit Sharma in their pursuit of 204 as the tourists continued where they left off from their recent ODI series against Australia by claiming a win in the opening T20I match with New Zealand.
  • The Indians did not have the best of time with the ball and were given a solid target to chase down but KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer did most of the damage as they secured the win with six balls to spare.
  • Having brought a large squad for this series, India may look to rotate their side but they are not expected to tinker with their XI too much at this early stage and any big changes will come if and when they secure the series or if players are underperforming.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand and India played out a high-quality encounter in the opening match of what looks like it will be a mouth-watering series and this second game is expected to be just as good. Eden Park is again the venue and there are runs to be had with both sets of bowlers finding it difficult in the first game. The toss could prove to be crucial with India rightly electing to field in the first game and the team chasing will fancy their chances in this contest. Whichever way the toss does go, New Zealand showed enough in that game and can respond to level the series.

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