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On Friday night, New Zealand did what they do best. After being thoroughly defeated in their ODI series against India, not many were backing them to have the ability to pick themselves up and turn the ship around for the India vs New Zealand T20 series. And yet, despite the short turnaround and lack of senior players, that’s exactly what New Zealand did, winning the opening match by 21 runs on Friday. Now, with a chance to close out the series, we look ahead to the best bets to make on this second India vs New Zealand T20.
New Zealand to Win
Glenn Phillips to Be NZ's Top Run Scorer
These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.
India vs New Zealand – Match Prediction
Here at Pundit Feed, we pride ourselves on making great cricket predictions. Here are the top two we recommend taking on the India vs New Zealand second T20.
New Zealand to Win @ 13/8 (2.62)
Nothing was working for the Kiwis in the ODI series against India, as they struggled to keep in touch with the home side’s big batting. On Friday night, however, the tables were turned. It was the Kiwis who got a fast start, with Finn Allen finally playing his role and giving an injection of quick runs at the top. They then managed to remove India’s top three for 15 runs, nipping any momentum in the bud.
Having finally come good, we anticipate the Black Caps will have got a taste of blood here and go for the jugular on Sunday. Back the visitors to claim the series with another impressive performance to go 2-0 up.
Glenn Phillips to Be New Zealand’s Top Run Scorer @ 10/3 (4.33)
Across the past six months, Glenn Phillips has scored seven half centuries and a century in white ball cricket. These have largely been in pressure situations, winning a crucial match for New Zealand in the World Cup and closing out the series against Pakistan earlier this month.
Now, Phillips is under pressure himself, have scored 11, 36, 5 and 17 in his past four white ball matches, and all at concerningly low strike rates. Cometh the man, cometh the hour however, and we say this is the match where Phillips will stand up and play another match winning knock for his country.
India vs New Zealand Preview
With these two bets in mind, here’s a look at how each of these sides are shaping up ahead of the second T20I on Sunday.
India will have question marks over whether or not to include Prithvi Shaw in this second T20. The opener has been in excellent domestic form, and with a misfire that cost India the game in the first T20, will they inject some fresh blood? It’s likely to be a move saved for the third T20 if at all, but is still something to watch. In a year where white ball cricket is again front and centre, India will be eager not to drop this home series.
India predicted XI: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya (captain), 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shivam Mavi, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Umran Malik and 11 Arshdeep Singh.
The Black Caps will be desperate to come away from this tour of India with something to show for it. Win tonight, and they’ll be able to return home having drawn a Test series and won an ODI series in Pakistan, then won a T20 series in India. This will go a long way to smoothing over the concerning signs from their 3-0 white wash in the ODI series against India, so expect the Kiwis to come out firing and focused in this match.
New Zealand predicted XI: 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway (wicketkeeper), 3 Mark Chapman, 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Michael Bracewell, 7 Mitchell Santner (captain), 8 Ish Sodhi, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Jacob Duffy and 11 Blair Tickner.
India vs New Zealand Head to Head
India lead the sides’ head to head 12-10, and while New Zealand claimed the last fixture between the two on Friday night, winning by 21 runs.
India vs New Zealand Match Details
- Time and date: Sunday 29th of January from 13:30 GMT
- Venue: BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India
- How to watch India vs New Zealand second T20 in the UK: ESPN Player