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Since Kuldeep Yadav in his first ODI match played in June 2017, the chinaman bowler has been a prolific wicket-taker - currently the table toppers among those with the most wickets since his debut. Four of the top five in the list are a wrist Spinner with Kuldeep and colleagues spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the top two positions, is another proof of how the leg-spin revolution has taken over the limited-overs format.
New Zealand were at the receiving Kuldeep-Chahal show in the first ODI at the end and ended up with a sub-par overall, to make life easier for the Indian batsman. Apart from Kane Williamson, the force also threw a good start in his attempt to up the pace against the spinners - none of the new Zealand middle-order batsman appeared comfortable against the spin duo. What allowed the spinners to dominate the way they did was the platform of Mohammed Shami, with his accurate line and length accounted for early wickets.
After a batsman-dominated series against Sri Lanka, new Zealand were expected to continue in the same way against India. But the gap in the two oppositions' bowling line-ups, this shows how the Indian bowlers ran away with the game and rolled the hosts for 157, which should serve as a good wake-up call for new Zealand. "Your whole bowling unit, wore well, and they need credit for that," Williamson had said after the game. It is now to find his stroke, they come out of this mess out and come up with a plan to address the quality of the Indian attack.
Most of it went right for India in the opening game - Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have a strong pace attack, despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah to do the wrist Spinner, what was expected of them, and also the fifth and sixth bowling form options in Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav to keep it clean. As far as the batting was concerned, it was a welcome return to form for Shikhar Dhawan while Virat Kohli ' s seemed to be batting on auto-pilot-mode, until he for the 45. Although Rohit Sharma is still not exceeded fifty in his last three trips, India felt that it is only a matter of time, as the right-handed opener has managed at least a century in each of his last ten ODI series. It would not be but India, some of good, if they improve their fielding and catching them, which was quite in his best Form in the first game.
When: Saturday, 26. January at 3:00 p.m. local time (7:30)
Where: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
What to expect: 371, 326, 319 and 298 were the totals in the previous series at this location, with new Zealand to overcome special efforts of Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera. But it is a different challenge, against India's superior batting and bowling arsenal. Good conditions to welcome the teams, with a height of 25 degrees Celsius and no rain expected.
New Zealand: in view of the collapse they suffered in the last game, new Zealand could look to strengthen their batting a bit by you in Colin de Grand Homme for Doug Bracewell. You could also think back to Sodhi in the eleven, given the success of the Indian wrist Spinner in the first game
Likely XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grand Homme/Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner/Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
India: The visitors are unlikely to changes to your combination for this game, although you have to go forward in the series, with Kohli after the third ODI, while Hardik Pandya was asked to join the team.
Likely XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Did you know?
Martin Guptill averages 28.20 vs India in ODIs - the lowest for him against an opponent he beat at least twice.
Kane Williamson scored fifties in each of the six home ODIs against India. His scoring read: 71, 77, 65, 60, 88 and 64.
The average first innings total in four ODIs at the Bay Oval 301 - the highest among all venues in new Zealand since the beginning of 2015.
What you said:
"We know they are good and we have played them a number of times. We expect you to be good and they were. It is more about us and how we can have a better performance" - Kane Williamson.
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