New Zealand vs India – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs India taking place? Friday 28th February, 2020 – 22:30 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs India taking place? Hagley Oval, Christchurch

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs India? Temperatures will range from 17-27c in generally cloudy skies but appears to be little chance of rain

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

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
New Zealand beat India by 10 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand carried on where they left off in the ODI series as they produced a clinical display to defeat India by 10 wickets in the first of two Test matches against the tourists and they will be confident of backing that up in Christchurch.
  • Trent Boult made a welcome return to the fold following a hand injury and despite a strong showing, it was teammate Tim Southee that stole the show as he took nine wickets in the match as their pacemen tore through the Indian batting line-up.
  • Kyle Jamieson complemented that duo well as he impressed on his Test debut and he has handed the Blackcaps’ selectors a huge dilemma ahead of this second game with Neil Wagner set to come back into contention after he missed the first contest to be with his partner for the birth of their baby.

INDIA

  • India were outplayed in all aspects of the game in the first Test of the two-match series against New Zealand and the heavy defeat in that clash has left the tourists with plenty of work to do ahead of this second game.
  • The Indians were short of runs in both innings as they were failed to make 200 in either innings and the form of all-rounder Ravi Ashwin is of particular concern for the tourists who may opt to go with Ravindra Jadeja in his place in this game.
  • Ishant Sharma has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury after producing a standout display with the ball in the first Test and they will likely turn to Umesh Yadav if he does miss out here which would be a further blow to their hopes of levelling the series.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand were magnificent in the first Test against India as they eased their way to a 10-wicket victory. The bowling trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson combined for 18 wickets in the match as they produced some ruthless bowling to dispatch the Indians for under 200 in both innings. India did not look like the side ranked as the best in the world in that first game and although they are capable of improving, their lack of runs is likely to see them struggle again with the hosts able to build on their superb win last time out by wrapping up a 2-0 win in the series.

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