India seek revenge vs New Zealand in Auckland after mauling in Wellington

first_imgIndia will be keen to bounce back in the second T20 International in Auckland on Friday after crashing to their heaviest defeat in the shortest format in Wellington. On Wednesday, India were blown away by 80 runs after failing to chase 220.India wouldn’t be too worried about the batting implosion at Westpac Stadium. Faced with a stiff target, they needed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to fire on all cylinders. Once that did not happen, India wanted to see what Vijay Shankar could do with the bat. There were sparks of brilliance but Rishabh Pant would be gutted with the way he got out.The game in Wellington was as good as over when Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya got out in the same over. Without Virat Kohli at No.3 and without a quick start from their famed opening pair, India succumbed to the scoreboard pressure.Then there is no Jasprit Bumrah – he was rested after his heroics in the Australia Tests. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed were taken to the cleaners while Hardik, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Yuzvendra Chahal proved ineffective.New Zealand send India to their biggest T20I defeat!The visitors are bowled out for 139 in Wellington after Tim Seifert’s 84 helped set up a crushing 80 run win for the Blackcaps!#NZviND scorecard (@ICC) February 6, 2019Anil Kumble wants India to include Kuldeep Yadav for the second T20I in Auckland. Kuldeep and Chahal are a potent pair together and with the series at stake, India might be tempted to play two of their most trusted wicket-takers.advertisementIndia’s experiments in the first T20I were understandable. There are a couple of spots up for grabs for the World Cup and they want to try out as many players as they can in New Zealand.But Shikhar Dhawan made it clear India wanted to win the T20I series before taking on Australia at home. Therefore, it is important to find a proper balance – experiment but keep your eyes on the prize.Sunil Gavaskar said he would not be too worried even if India lost the T20I series because their focus was on getting the right combination for the World Cup. But at the end of their overseas journey, India would want to end on a high.The Wellington defeat must have hurt. After dominating New Zealand in the ODI series, that 80-run defeat was a massive blow to their pride. Come Friday, India would want to avenge the thrashing and win their first ever T20I victory in New Zealand.What the experts said ahead of the 2nd T20I:Sunil Gavaskar: “Yes, you need to win matches in New Zealand. But the T20 World Cup is far away, it’s in October 2020. I won’t be very disappointed even if India lose this T20I series. If the performances are good, then there’s no problem. The team is right now focused on the World Cup. Thus it’s important that chances are given to players like Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya. The way they handle pressure here will give the team an idea of whether they are ready for the World Cup or not.”Anil Kumble: “The team could also try pairing Krunal Pandya with other experienced spinners in the squad for the remaining matches. India should look at attacking New Zealand with two regular spinners – Kuldeep (Yadav) and (Yuzvendra) Chahal – in the upcoming matches.”Also Read | To be honest, Test cricket is dying: ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayAlso Read | KL Rahul to lead India A vs England Lions, Ajinkya Rahane named Rest of India skipperAlso See:last_img

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