Team India recorded a 12-point win in a thrilling first ODI against New Zealand to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Shubman Gill became the star for the hosts as he hit his first double hundred to lead Team India to a total of 349/8. Later Mohammed Siraj continued his blistering form, scalping four wickets as the visitors were limited to 337, despite a heroic knock from Michael Bracewell (140). While the Rohit Sharma-led side have benched young pacemaker Umran Malik in their last two ODI matches, there is a chance he could find a place in the Playing XI in the second ODI against New Zealand on Saturday.
Here’s what we think India’s predicted XI against New Zealand in the second ODI could be:
Rohit Sharma: The Indian skipper appeared to be in good contact as he formed a promising partnership with Shubman Gill before going off for 34 off 38 balls. Rohit will definitely try to get a high score in the second ODI.
Shubman Gill: The young opener shattered countless records in the first ODI after hitting his first double hundred to become the youngest player in the world to reach the milestone. He will be the center of attention in the second ODI.
Virat Kohli:The star batter completely capped off the critics with a phenomenal performance in the ODIs against Sri Lanka. Although he was dismissed for 8 runs in the first ODI against New Zealand, he will try to bounce back in the second match.
Suryakumar Yadav: The 32-year-old batsman quickly hit 31 off 26 balls and gave Gill a strong support. He has shown his true mettle in the previous games and will certainly be looking for a big innings.
Ishan Kishan: After sitting on the bench for the ODIs against Sri Lanka despite scoring a double ton against Bangladesh, the wicketkeeper batter failed to make a mark in the first match against the Kiwis as he was dismissed for 5.
Hardik Pandaya: The all-rounder scored 28 runs off 38 balls in the first ODI. He also scalped one wicket but proved to be very expensive as he conceded 70 runs in his seven over period.
Washington Sundar:The all-rounder came in as a replacement for Shreyas Iyer and scored 12 runs off 14 balls, but went wicketless with the ball.
Shardul Thakur: The bowling all-rounder could only make three runs with the bat, but went on to scalp two wickets. His economy in the first ODI was 7.40.
Kuldeep Yadav:The wrist spinner again proved his worth in the team as he scalped two wickets and also delivered a maiden over. He gave up just 43 runs in his eight-over period.
Mohammed Shami:The veteran pacer scalped one wicket and leaked 69 runs in 10 overs. However, he also suffered an injury to his finger while trying to catch a catch. There are chances that the management will give him a rest and put Umran Malik in his place.
Mohammed Siraj: The 28-year-old pacer completely dismantled New Zealand’s batting line-up as he scalped four wickets. Siraj is still looking for his first five wicket haul in the ODIs.
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