New Delhi: India and New Zealand meet in the second One-Day International (ODI) as the action moves to the capital city, New Delhi.
With India looking at their very best in the first ODI, after having already whitewashed Kiwis in Tests, the hosts will like to move with same momentum on Thursday.
Meanwhile, New Zealand are slowly making this tour a disaster for themselves as they have faced four consecutive defeats now. Change in format has also not done much of a difference to them but they will again try to come hard and level the series before it gets too late.
At Dharamsala. Playing his first ODI after a promising start in (T20Is, Hardik Pandya was up for the challenge as he struck in his early overs to remove Martin Guptill while Umesh Yadav dismissed Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor from the other end.
There was no hope for New Zealand who looked erratic, played some reckless shots while some of them fell to a peach-off-a-delivery, especially Taylor. They were battling hard for survival at one stage after reeling at 65 for 7 inside 20 overs.
Southee counter attacked from the start of his innings and had Dhoni thinking for a brief period. New Zealand collapsed to 190 in 43.5 overs. Mishra,
If New Zealand bat first and get to anywhere close to 250 or more, they can put some pressure and test India's inexperienced batting line-up. Coming to India's batting, like many other previous matches, it was again Virat Kohli-show in Dharamsala.
Openers, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, started well but perished after starts. Rahane, in particular, needs some big innings under his belt with India scheduled to play only seven matches ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
New Zealand may contemplate bringing in Trent Boult or Matt Henry to the side. Doug Bracewell may sit out for either of them as New Zealand already have three all-rounders in form of Mitchell Santner, Anderson and Neesham.
India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk).
Stats and trivia
Umpires and referee
Ground Umpires - Anil Chaudhary and Bruce Oxenford
Third umpire - Chettithody Shamshuddin
Referee - Richie Richardson
Fourth umpire - CK Nandan
Thursday October 20, 2016 (day/night)
Start time: 1330 local (0800 GMT)