IND beat NZ by 7 wickets | New Zealand vs India, Highlights And Cricket Score 2nd T20I Match
India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020Date: Jan 26, 2020 Start Time: 12:20 IST | 06:50 GMT | 19:50 Local
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
At Stumps on Day 2, the Kiwis were batting at 219/5 with BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme being on the crease. The home team have already taken a 51-run lead and will look to extend it even further on the third day. For India, Ishant Sharma tried to pull the things back by bagging three wickets.
The action in India vs New Zealand 1st Test now shifts to day three. New Zealand are in a comfortable position and have secured a first-innings lead of 51 runs thus far. On day three, the Blackcaps will be looking to extend their lead and take it to a three-figure margin.
At stumps on the rain-affected Day 1, the visiting side was reeling at 122/5 with Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant out in the middle. Debutant Kyle Jamieson was the stand-out performer for the Kiwis as he claimed three crucial wickets upfront and put his side on the driver’s seat. Rahane, however, played carefully at one end and is looking to guide India to safety.
Debutant Kyle Jamieson made things tough for the visiting batsmen as he sculpted three wickets. The pacer’s most prized scalp included Virat Kohli, who once again fell while fishing outside the off-stump. Jamieson also accounted for Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari.
Virat Kohli once again fell to Jamieson, who is playing his maiden Test, on tour. The bowler pitched it full outside the off-stump while Kohli was looking to drive the ball. The Indian captain failed to make a proper connection and edged it to Ross Taylor at the first slip.
The limited-overs leg of the tour witnessed a nail-biting contest between the two sides and one can expect a similar show in the longest format of the game too. Virat Kohli and Co are currently the top-ranked Test side and haven’t lost a Test series since the last one and half year. However, New Zealand have a brilliant Test record at home.
In their last Test series, New Zealand were thrashed 0-3 in Australia. In the same period, India dumped Bangladesh 2-0 with none of the matches heading into the fifth day. But New Zealand have been a dominant force at home. Kane Williamson’s men have lost just thrice in their last 14 Test series at home.
The last time when India and New Zealand locked horns in latter’s soil for a Test series, the Kiwis registered a 1-0 triumph in a two-match Test series. However, India are certainly become a stronger side and will be aiming to defeat the Blackcaps in their fortress.
With Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson gaining full fitness, the Indian batsmen certainly have to be at their prime to pile up big scores. Nevertheless, they have the services of veterans like Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara who can give any bowling line-up a run for their money.
India's tour of New Zealand began on a thumping note with the visitors handing 5-0 whitewash to the Blackcaps. However, in the three-match ODI series, the Kiwis returned the favour and clean-swept India 3-0.
Hosts, New Zealand, will miss key pacer Neil Wagner for the 1st Test match with the 33-year-old awaiting the birth of his first child. Wagner, who had been part of training sessions in the past two days, travelled to Tauranga to be beside his wife and they expect their first child. Matt Henry has been called up as Wagner’s replacement.
India thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in the T20I series and the hosts returned the favour in three-match ODI series both sides will, however, have more than wanting to outplay each other in the Test series. The ICC World Test Championship have changed the course and interests Test cricket holds in current times.
After the T20I and One-Day International (ODI) series, India and New Zealand will face-off in the game's longest format. India whitewashed Kiwis 5-0 in the T20I series. However, the Blackcaps bounced back to clean sweep the Men in Blue in three-match ODI series.
The visitors have a star-studded line-up with veterans like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma being in the squad. Also, young guns like Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have displayed the glimpses of his potential early in his career and will be aiming to do well in New Zealand too.
However, no one yet has played 100 games in all the three formats and Ross Taylor is set to become the first cricketer to get the prestigious feat. The first Test between India and New Zealand will be the 100th Test of Taylor’s glorious career and by stepping into that game.