India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Match
India, in the 2nd test match to be played against New Zealand at Christchurch on Saturday, will look towards the series win to be in the game. Team India suffered a defeat in the first Test match against New Zealand.
Most India batsmen have already exposed their difficulties in facing the New Zealand bowlers and adjusting to their pace and movement. But they might seem to change their approach play and make a more cautious approach from the onset of the match.
The scheduled timing of the match is 11:30 AM local [10:30 PM (28 February) GMT] (4:00 AM IST). The match will be live broadcast on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. You can also watch this match on Hotstar via live streaming.
New Zealand have played a total of 6 Tests at the Hagley Oval, winning 4 while losing and drawing one each. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is himself out of form. India’s ace bowler JaspritBumrah is also not looking to be in his socks.
There are 50% chances of rain in Christchurch on 29 February, however, not during the game time.
With the game moving forward after the first day, the batting will get easier. The pitch will be more helpful for the pacers as compared to spinners. It will have good bounce and pace on offer.
Probable Playing XI:
Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner.
Bench: Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel.
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja/Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin/ Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Navdeep Saini.