India need improved batting performance
- India may not look to make several tweaks despite loss
- New Zealand aim to maintain bowling momentum with spin power
India couldn’t quite regroup with a fairly new-look team in Ranchi on a turning wicket, but still showed signs of testing the Kiwis on better wickets and that’s exactly what Lucknow is likely to offer. India have odds of 1.47 to win the second T20I.
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New Zealand’s spinners were impressive in Ranchi but in Lucknow they might struggle to have the same kind of impact. Expect them to start similar with the bat, though, with Finn Allen leading the charge. New Zealand have odds of 2.63 to win this match.
With Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan at the top and an inexperienced Rahul Tripathi at No.3, India haven’t quite gotten starts they would have liked to have. Suryakumar Yadav has almost always walked in under pressure, although he still is scoring big. Will they make a batting order change?
Our pick: India have a quality batting line-up despite all flaws and on flat wickets can outbat the Kiwis. Back India at 1.47 to win the match!
New Zealand will be aware of India’s lack of death bowling prowess that they exposed last game. However, they are unlikely to change their approach upfront even if it means losing an extra wicket or two in the Powerplay.
Keep an eye on…
Mitchell Santner is arguably one of the best white-ball spinners in the world today and the left-arm spinner was pivotal to their success in Ranchi. With a right-handed heavy line-up, expect Santner to shine again.
Ishan Kishan is in great touch and from the top of the order has a really good chance to make an impression in this format. Expect him to go all guns blazing in this game.