Team India will be looking to mark a comeback into the three-match T20I series after a disastrous loss in the first game against New Zealand. The Rohit Sharma-led team were outplayed and had succumbed to a massive 80-run loss at Wellington. The team, however, is unlikely to make glaring changes for the upcoming match with only Shubman Gill expected to make his T20I debut.
Here we look at the predicted XI for the second match at Auckland.
The Indian skipper will be eager to provide a good start to the team. He has failed to get going in the last three international innings, having recorded only single-digit scores. The opener is a dangerous prospect at the top and Team India will rely on him once again.
The left-hander has been getting starts but has not been able to convert them into match-winning scores. With Kohli being rested for the series, the responsibility is on the Indian openers to give them a sedate start at the top.
Though Vijay Shankar did play a good hand in the last T20I, in all probability he will be dropped for Gill, as the latter is a regular batter. The Punjab star was not able to impress in his maiden ODI outings but has enough firepower to score a big knock. The star is certainly in predicted XI for the second T20I.
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The keeper, coming back into the team after not being selected for the ODIs, scored four from ten in the last game. However, he showed his potential in the IPL last year and Pant will be eager to replicate his form and seal a spot in the World Cup squad.
Dhoni is in a good nick of form of late and managed to put his hand up in the last T20I as well. He managed to score 39 off 31 deliveries, striking five fours and a six in his stay at the crease.
The third keeper in the team had shown good form in the series in Australia but has not been able to carry forward his run into the ODIs or T20Is against the Kiwis. He has the responsibility of finishing off the innings, something that he had done with ease for KKR last year.
Pandya was average in the first game of the series, scoring 20 and finishing with 1 for 37 in his quota of overs. The left-arm spinner has shown off his magic for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, of which Rohit is the leader.
After being suspended due to off-field activities, Hardik was recalled for the last two ODIs against New Zealand and made a roaring comeback. However, he was woeful in the last game, conceding the maximum number of runs with the ball and managing just 4 runs. He will be an important member of the World Cup team and Hardik will be eager to correct his flaws.
Bhuvi conceded runs at more than 11.5rpo in the first game and will be looking to bowl more economically. The Kiwi openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro will be looking to attack him again, and he, in turn, will hope to send them back early.
In the absence of Kuldeep, Chahal donned the main spinner’s hat in the last game, but he went for 35 runs in his four overs. The leg-spinner will hope to correct his mistakes and pick up more scalps.
The pacer has received a lot of chances in international cricket but has failed to latch on them. Khaleel has the habit of conceding many runs upfront and has not picked up many wickets either. The Indian camp however has backed him and the seamer will hope to repay the trust.