Match Preview: Flamboyant India eye a crucial series win by clinching the Ranchi T20I
IND vs NZ 2nd T20I: India started the three-match T20I series on a high note by winning the first T20I at Jaipur. Despite the absence of the key players of both the teams, India & New Zeaalnd put their every blood to turn the results in their favor. However, India got successful in their efforts by clinching a closely fought match to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The high-in-determination Indian squad will look to grab the golden opportunity of taking an unassailable lead in the series by winning the second T20I.
Heading into the Ranchi T20I both the teams will shift their focus to just victory. Despite the majority of the players rested, both the teams still have enough players on the bench who are waiting for just one golden opportunity to feature in the Playing XI. Both the teams also have a major task of identifying the potential of newbies as the preparation of the T20 World Cup 2022 is in sight. India’s major goal is to check the bowling credentials of Venkatesh Iyer & form a strong group of fast bowlers for the T20 format. India is also facing a problem of scalping wickets in the powerplay as they managed to get just one wicket in the first t20I in the powerplay. Heading into the second T20I they would look ahead to address this issue. The presence of Yuzvendra Chahal in the reserves also offers some depth, despite the good showing of both Axar Patel and R Ashwin.
For New Zealand, the introduction of Mark Chapman at the top of the order has done wonders for the Black Caps but their middle order succumbed at the finish line due to the absence of regular player Jimmy Neesham. The responsibility will be on Rachin Ravindra to fit into Neesham’s shoes & perform well in the middle order to stabilize New Zealand’s batting line-up.
New Zeaalnd will aim to level the series by winning the second T20I while India will look ahead to seal the series by winning the second T20I. With both the teams aiming for victory this match would not be less than a crackling contest.
Match: IND vs NZ 2nd T20I
Date and Time: November 19, 2021, Friday, 7:00 PM IST.
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
The temperature will be around the 22-degree Celsius mark with the humidity in the 70s.
The pitch in Ranchi is again the batters haven with an average score of 155-165 on cards. Dew could play a role in the second innings thus the team winning the toss will prefer to chase.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Siraj/Avesh Khan
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Todd Astle/Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson/Adam Milne, Trent Boult
Both India & New Zealand had a closely fought contest in the first T20I. With the second T20I being a must-win clash for New Zealand you can expect another thundering clash at the grounds of Ranchi. Looking at India’s exhilarating form there are chances of India taking an unassailable lead by winning the second T20I.
Prediction: India to win the second T20I
TV and Live Streaming Details
TV: Star Sports Network
Live Streaming: Hotstar