New Zealand Lose Wicket Early in 2nd ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla

October 20 14:58 2016

kane3New Delhi, Thursday, October 20 – The mid-week is believed to be hiding a bag full of surprises for the cricket fans who keenly waited for the second One Day International match between India and New Zealand to start. In view of the fact that the two strong teams have geared up to meet at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi today, viewers can’t afford to miss the action at any cost for the reason that they are enthusiastic to see whether India win once again and move in the path of attaining what they did in Test match series or not.

People in the capital city make sure to watch the live telecast as much as possible since Thursday being a working day. India eye lead while the Black Caps look for leveling the series. If truth be told then the entire country has been soaked in the festive spirit. The audience wants same mood to lift up and get a new height.  Confidence of the Men In Blue is sky high as of now provided that they lately logged a thumping win over the rivals by six wickets in the first T20I played on October 16, giving Indian viewers a perfect reason to celebrate and jump in joy.

The match was played in the beautiful sight of Dharamsala since Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium hosted it. Today’s match is scheduled to take place in a totally different environment. It is yet anticipated to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people live in the stadium, at the same time as many are all set to enjoy every bit of the competition sitting at home. As per the latest reports, India have won the toss once again and elected to bowl first. It is surprising to see Indian skipper to be lucky with the coin, which made Mahendra Singh Dhoni make a decision either to bat of field.

In view of the fact that it is the second big game for both the Kiwis and Indian camp, a defeat is what none wants to experience against each other. Despite the fact that the game in Delhi is not the decider, a win here will enable one of the two teams to gain ground in the ground. India are to go with the same squad they went with in the opening ODI. The team on field will have Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah. Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh and Dhawal Kulkarni are in extras.

Here is to mention that pressure is on the squad led by Kane Williamson given that the first match has already been lost to the side guided by Dhoni. Since they were defeated in the Test series, Kiwis wish to mark a comeback in the game and not to repeat mistakes done earlier. No wonder if the story changes this time if the captain and Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Anton Devcich, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Trent Boult. James Neesham, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell are the players to sit on bench. If the players in team put best foot forward and participate as a unit as similar to the kind of play exhibited by India in one-dayers, things may change for them from this point.

As similar to the home squad, the visiting group certainly has big batting lineup. It is all about changing a short innings into the big one. Williamson himself is a talented player. The captaincy pressure seems to have made him lose wicket without substantial contribution. Guptill and Latham have got the potential to hold the fort and speed up the pace of scoring runs. Key bowlers house the potential to do what they did not do previously. Stopping Virat Kohli, who pulled off impressively by striking a number of boundaries and hitting a few biggies to play a not out knock of 85 runs, is going to be a big challenge for New Zealand.

As far as Indian unit is concerned then Rohit Sharma will eye to be back in form. He lost his wicket early in 1st ODI.
The conditions of the ground there were well utilized by Dhoni, Rahane and Kohli. They made sure to place the ball well and run for singles and twos whenever possible. Right placement of the ball made them be on a bit stronger side as compared to New Zealand, who seemed much inclined towards hitting big shots while batting as objective was to put India under the pump. More to the point, it appeared that the stress to go for a six or boundary was higher on the guest that made batting order to collapse regardless of a good start. Latham and Southee were impressive, nevertheless.

Record of India in the Delhi stadium is good. A win on Thursday will make it get better further. If truth be told then any target is less against India keeping in mind balanced performance in previous contests. Expectations of the cricket fans are always soaring. The efforts were poured by most of the Indian players in the lately played matches, and this is the reason why they tasted victory and gave Indian fans an opportunity to jump in joy and remember the triumph for at least few years to come. But audience would certainly wish Dhoni and Company to progress ahead in the tournament against New Zealand with a series win, something that will help the group stay confident.

Hardik Pandya had a wonderful start of the ODI career lately, getting three wickets and Man of the Match award.
Captain’s expectation from him will increase. He would expect him to deliver the ball in right line and length. Hopes are up with Jasprit Bumrah, the youngster, who bowls excellent Yorkers. The 22-year-old right-arm fast-medium bowler had shown his skills to go far and India can take advantage of his potential to carry on winning streak. Others are also keen to perform to the best of their abilities. As per latest happenings, India have got one wicket. Yadav’s first over made Guptill depart on a naught.

Latham and Williamson are on the crease and trying to weave a partnership that could set foundation for team’s victory. It is not surprising to note sea of blue is seen in the stadium as Indian fans are backing the home side. Dhoni-led team India by and large would like to play well in the familiar situations as cricket fans have come with Indian flag and are giving the loudest cheer. It is exciting to observe who all outshine the competitors to grab eyeballs. What all New Zealand supporters want is Kiwis should prove it was a good toss to lose. The audience is witnessing an exciting contest between the powerhouses.