Team India will look to win the three-match series with a win in the second T20 match against New Zealand today. At the same time, he will be expected to perform better from his middle-order batsmen. Coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma made a good start to their pair as they beat New Zealand by five wickets in the first T20I in Jaipur on Wednesday. Now their intention will be to enter Team India in a ‘new era’ with a series win.
There may be a change in the team
The lower middle order is also a matter of concern for captain Rohit and in such a situation it remains to be seen whether he can change the batting order. Though committed to giving more chances to the players, Rohit’s chances of tinkering with the batting order after just one match are slim. Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj was hit in the hand by Mitchell Santner in the final over of New Zealand’s innings and his play is doubtful. Avesh Khan, who made a splash in IPL, may get a chance to debut.
Decision to be taken on Venkatesh
Rohit’s captaincy in the first T20 match was good, but not bringing Venkatesh Iyer on the bowling attack came as a surprise to many. After the injury of Hardik Pandya, now Team India is looking for a pace bowling all-rounder as his replacement. Now it has to be seen whether Rohit gets Venkatesh to bowl in the second T20 or not. If once again Venkatesh does not get the bowling, then his role in the team will be in doubt. If he has been kept in the team only as a batsman, then there are many other options.
India’s Probable Playing XIRohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Siraj/Avesh Khan
New Zealand’s Probable Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult