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IND vs NZ, 2nd ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: India vs New Zealand, (IND vs NZ, 2nd ODI)

Date: January 21, 2023 – 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur

India and New Zealand produced a thrilling encounter in the series opener at Hyderabad. With the series scoreline reading 1-0 in India’s favour, the second ODI will take place at Raipur International Stadium on Saturday, January 21st.

The men in blue managed to hold on to a 12-run victory in the first ODI, which was a high-scoring affair. Batting first, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got the hosts off to a great start yet again. They added 60 runs in 12 overs before the captain holed out for 34.

In-form Virat Kohli was cleaned up with a ripping delivery by Mitch Santner but Gill continued to play his natural game. Other batters got in and got out but Shubman looked in pristine touch. Gill went on to become fifth Indian and the youngest player to smash a double century in fifty-over cricket. Gill belted nine sixes and 19 fours in his knock of 209 off 149 to power India to 349/8.

Chasing 350, the visitors could build any partnerships early on and lost their top six for 131 in 29 overs. Just when it looked the game was done and dusted, Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner fought back. The pair added 162 runs for the seventh wicket in just 17 overs to bring them back in the game.

Santner was dismissed for 57 off 45 but Bracewell went on to fight till the end. With 13 needed off the last five balls with only one wicket in hand, he was trapped LBW. Bracewell’s incredible knock of 140 off 78 included 12 fours and 10 maximums.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for IND vs NZ, 2nd ODI

Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur will host its first ever international match on Saturday. There’s no data for the fifty-over format, however, there have been six T20s played here with the average first innings score of 146. The pitches have generally been on the slower side.

Raipur is likely to witness hot and hazy weather on Saturday afternoon and clear in the evening. The temperature will range between 19-25°C during the match time.  

India – Expected XI and Team News

India played Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav in the middle order in the absence of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar formed the spin attack while Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur were preferred as pace options. Umran Malik could come in for one of Shami or Thakur.

Probable XI – Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur/Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik

New Zealand – Expected XI and Team News

New Zealand are without a few key players on this tour. Henry Shipley and Blair Tickner formed the pace attack alongside Lockie Ferguson. Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner add balance to the side as spin all-rounders. The visitors could bring in Ish Sodhi for Shipley.

Probable XI – Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley/Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner

Head to head record of IND vs NZ

Total Encounters – 114

India Won – 56

New Zealand Won – 50

Tie – 1

No Result – 7

New Zealand lead the last five encounters by 2-1. 

Best Captaincy Picks for the IND vs NZ match

Shubman Gill: Batter, India

Coming off a magnificent double hundred, Shubman Gill is one of the top captaincy options for this game. The opening batter has been in superb form in ODI cricket, scoring 1102 runs at an average of 69 while striking at 109. Gill has registered three hundreds and five fifties.

Mohammed Siraj: Batter, India

Mohammed Siraj has sealed his spot in India’s first choice ODI bowling attack with consistent performances over the last few months. The right arm pacer has taken 37 wickets in 20 ODIs at an economy of 4.72 with two four-fors. Siraj is coming off 4/46 and is a great C/VC option.

Virat Kohli: Batter, India

Virat Kohli is back to top of his game, looking in glorious touch and taking down opponents for fun. He has scored three hundreds in the last five ODI innings. His numbers in the format have always been ridiculous, with over 12762 runs at an average of 58 with 46 hundreds and 64 fifties.

Top Differential Picks

Umran Malik: Bowler, India

Umran Malik didn’t play the last game and if he plays, could offer good differential value. The fast bowler has had a rapid rise and has been terrific in the ODI format so far, picking 12 wickets in seven games at 25.25 runs per wicket.

Blair Tickner: Bowler, New Zealand 

Blair Tickner has played only seven ODIs, picking 10 scalps at an economy of 6.60. His best bowling figures read 4 for 50. The right arm seamer is picked by 31% of the MPL teams and could offer decent value.

MPL Fantasy XI

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For those in India, you can watch the India vs New Zealand series on Star Sports Network. Watch the second ODI at 1:30 PM on Saturday. You can also catch the action live on online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


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