- Match: New Zealand vs India, 2nd ODI, India tour of New Zealand, 2020
- Date: Saturday, February 08, 2020
- Time: 02:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
New Zealand showed their class at home and chased down a mammoth target of 348 with ease in the 1st ODI against India at Hamilton. They now lead the 3-match series 1-0 and will be heading into the second game at Auckland on February 8 with renewed confidence. Having lost the T20I series against India 5-0, this win was much-needed for the Kiwis and may lead to their resurrection. India, meanwhile, have much to answer as they produced another insipid bowling display.
New Zealand Match Form
The hero of New Zealand’s incredible chase in the last game was Ross Taylor whose masterful unbeaten 109 off 84 balls was a true classic. The Kiwis will be delighted that they achieved this win without their star batsman, Kane Williamson. Opener Henry Nicholls (78) and Tom Latham (69) were the other contributors and if they along with Taylor can continue putting up solid performances like these then New Zealand will be hard to beat.
New Zealand’s bowling is a worry as their two lead bowlers –Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett – continue to lead runs. Only spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner have been consistent.
India Match Form
The one positive for India from the last game was that despite the absence of regular openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the batting order looked solid and posted a huge total. Shreyas Iyer (103) smashed his maiden ODI ton and has established himself as the No.4. Skipper Virat Kohli (51) looked in good touch. KL Rahul slammed a brilliant unbeaten 88 off 64 balls at No.5 and this will give the team management a lot of confidence to continue playing the stylish opener at that position.
India’s real issue is their bowling. Barring Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja to an extent, the other bowlers continue to look pedestrian. Shardul Thakur was horrible with his lengths again and it’s bizarre that the team is playing him ahead of Navdeep Saini. Kuldeep Yadav continues with his patchy form and even Mohammed Shami has been inconsistent. This is a huge headache for India and may well cost them the series.
New Zealand vs India, 1st ODI Cricket Betting Tips
Eden Park in Auckland is a typical New Zealand ground. It has small boundaries and a flat and hard pitch that is great for batting. Totals of 300+ have been achieved 7 times here with the highest one being 340-5 by New Zealand against Australia in 2007.
It is likely that the surface for the 2nd ODI between New Zealand and India will be a belter with occasional help for the seamers. The team batting first would target a score in excess of 300. But even that might not be safe as this is a good chasing ground.
New Zealand will be confident now and will be coming harder in the 2nd ODI. India would have been deflated after that loss in the 1st ODI. They have a strong batting that might take the game away from the Kiwis. However, it looks like New Zealand have finally found their mojo in this series and hence back them to win the 2nd ODI.