New Zealand takes on India in the second T20I in Mount Maunganui on November 20, Sunday. The first T20I in Wellington was washed out due to rain.
Persistent rain on Friday meant that the ground could not be cleared on time for play to get started. Moreover, the rain never stopped and finally, the match was called out just before the cut-off time. There was no toss in the first T20I as well.
The NZ vs IND series will well and truly start from the second T20I. Hardik Pandya will lead India and Kane Williamson leading the Kiwis. Both teams are fresh from their T20 World Cup campaign in Australia. The Kiwis lost to Pakistan in the semi-final while India lost to England.
Meanwhile, after Wellington, there is a rain threat in Mount Maunganui as well. As per Accuweather, it will rain continuously in the morning along with a strong breeze blowing. The temperature will be around 20 degrees. The match starts at 7.30 pm local time (12 pm IST).
By the evening, the temperature will fall to around 14 degrees with partly cloudy skies. There is a 70 percent chance of rain of around 5 to 6 mm. If this match gets washed out due to rain, the series will get more interesting with the final T20I to be played in Napier on November 22.
NZ vs IND Match Preview, India Tour Of New Zealand 2022, 2nd T20I
All the senior players of the Indian squad have been rested from this tour. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul are not a part of this squad. Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah are not a part of this squad since the Asia Cup. India won the last T20I series that they played in New Zealand in 2020.
They then whitewashed when it was the turn of the Kiwis to visit India in 2021. Here again, they will be looking to win the T20Is with a young group of players.
is likely to get his maiden T20I cap in the next game. He has been in red-hot form in ODIs. He has been a part of the ODI side since the West Indies series and scored his first ODI century against Zimbabwe in the previous series. All in all, this is a promising Indian side with a lot of IPL experience for the players.
Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur are back as well as Kuldeep Yadav has got recalled into India’s T20I setup. Yuzvendra Chahal after being benched throughout the World Cup will now mead the spin attack.
Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
The Kiwi management is also looking to infuse young blood into the squad.
The likes of Glenn Phillips and Finn Allen are the next superstars of the team. Phillips scored the most runs for the Kiwis in the T20 World Cup. He ended the campaign with 201 runs from five games including a century against Sri Lanka.
The management is now keen on looking beyond Trent Boult and Martin Guptill. While Boult’s central contract with the board ended in August earlier this year, the management is keen to prepare Finn as an opener for the upcoming ICC events. Kane Williamson continues to get the trust of the management and is still seen as someone who can lead the side.
He spoke about the series against India being an important one after the abandoned first T20I. Williamson further said that the ODI series after the T20Is will be a big focus on their preparations for the next year’s World Cup in India.
New Zealand Squad
Kane Williamson (C), Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner