Second T20 match between India and New Zealand today, rain can hinder, team will be like this! IG News

Clouds are also hovering over the second T20 between India and New Zealand today and rain can hinder this match as well.

Although New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is hoping for sunshine on Sunday, it does not seem to be happening. Rain has been predicted for the entire day which may hamper the preparation of their T20 squads by both the teams.

One has to hope that Rishabh Pant gets success as an opener against New Zealand. Pant was left out of the playing XI in the recent Asia Cup and T20 World Cup as India preferred Dinesh Karthik’s finishing touch.

Now Karthik is not in the team for this series, so Pant can be seen as an opener.

Because India is looking for an opener who can give an explosive start in the powerplay. But Ishaan Kishan and Shubman Gill are strong contenders for the opening and they have to make their debut. It will be interesting to see what role India have in store for the left-handed Pant, who is yet to prove himself in T20Is in Tests and ODIs.

Hardik Pandya will also be eager to show his leadership potential as he is being seen as India’s T20 captain till the 2024 T20 World Cup. His rival Williamson will also be keen to improve his strike rate and show his usefulness in this format.

Bay Oval has traditionally been considered a high-scoring ground in terms of T20s. All tickets for this match have been sold out provided rain doesn’t play a role.

Both the teams are as follows:

India: Hardik Pandya (captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain and wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umran Malik.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner.

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