India was utterly baffled by New Zealand two days ago in Ranchi. The visitors are confident they can win the T20I series after a strong performance with both bat and ball. The only bright spot for the hosts came in the form of Washington Sundar, who marked brilliance with his excellent batting performance.
New Zealand has won the toss and opted to bat first in the 2nd T20I match against the hosts India. Santner, the captain of New Zealand confirmed that the visitors will be playing with the same team. While the stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya wished to bat first, the blues will be looking to strike back after the embarrassing loss in the 1st T20I.
Hardik Pandya: We were also thinking to bat first but bowling is also fine. This is a new team, but we have spoken about getting into the challenge and having to do difficult things. It can’t difficult than this in a bilateral series, losing the first game and then two games on the line. Looking forward to this game. We are going to make mistakes and learn from them. It’s important they come out here and enjoy the sport. We all should remember that we started playing this sport to enjoy, so I just want to pass that message to the team. It might turn. That’s the reason we have made one change. Umran misses out, Yuzi comes in. The KulCha is back, a lot of people wanted to see, they are wicket-takers. The way Washi is playing, we’ve got three proper spinners who can squeeze if required.
India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
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