The host New Zealand wants to end the series with a game that gives him even more confidence after successfully leaving the first ODI against the second ODI in Auckland.
The 2nd ODI will go live from Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday, 8 February, at 3.00 pm local, 2.00 am GMT.
New Zealand won their first game in Mount Maunganui and gave themselves a solid chance to win their first bilateral ODI series against India in six years. Most recently, they won a series in January 2014 and defeated India 4-0 in a series of five games at home.
But New Zealand still has areas to work on. As in each of the last three T20Is, the hosts stuttered on the way to 5-0 in the final stages of the chase in the first ODI, even though they had full control over the procedures. Fortunately for her, Ross Taylor held his head over to see through her. The fact that they lost three gates in 22 runs will remind them that they have work to do in this department.
India has reason to be confident that it can level the series and make a decision. In their previous ODI series, against Australia at home, they recovered from an initial defeat and took the series 2-1.
Her main concern will be the bowling department, which was a little expensive at times. While the ability to withdraw the game at the death stage is admirable, India will be more beneficial if it is able to maintain intensity more evenly over the innings.
What Happened Last Time?
After a promising start, the two debutants Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal lost first place. Captain Virat Kohli laid the foundation for the first innings with an excellent fifty and held a 102-run stand with Shreyas Iyer before rushing to Ish Sodhi.
New Zealand would have hoped to benefit from this opening, but India was more than up to the task. Iyer anchored the innings with a great 103 – his first ODI century – while KL Rahul smashed a 64-ball 88, which was another sign of growing confidence in his role as batsman # 5. The fireworks brought India a remarkable 347/4.
A sensational 💯 from Shreyas Iyer, fifties from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, and a cameo from Kedar Jadhav power India to 347/4 in the first #NZvIND ODI in Hamilton.— ICC (@ICC) February 5, 2020
Can Tom Latham's men chase down the target?
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The hosts had a solid start in the chase when the opening men Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill completed 85 runs together. But when Nicholls was released for 78 on the 29th and the hosts left at the 171/3 stand, India still seemed to be in the driver’s seat. But Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, who captained injured Kane Williamson, made the fourth wicket that New Zealand took command of with 138 runs. The hosts lost a couple of quick goals in the end, but Taylor remained calm to cross the line and remained undefeated with 109 of 84 balls.
Weather Conditions For India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Match
The weather in Auckland is expected to be pleasant and clear. A sometimes flat playing field and unusually shaped boundaries can lead to a running festival in Eden Park, but conditions tend to swing occasionally to arouse the interest of fast men.