New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has won the toss and elected to bowl first against India in the second T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
After the T20I series opener was washed out without a ball being bowled at Sky Stadium, Wellington, on Friday, there is a forecast for rain in the second T20I. But as of now, the atmosphere in the stadium has been dry with overcast skies.
Williamson said the pitch and overcast conditions prompted him to bowl first, with Adam Milne coming in for Trent Boult in the playing eleven. “It’s been under covers for a large part, and also potentially some weather around. Always a great occasion when you get to play against India,” he said.
India captain Hardik Pandya feels the batters will have to assess the conditions early to post a good first-innings total. India will be opening with Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant, with Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, and Pandya to follow with the bat.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar will share spin-bowling duties, while Mohammed Siraj joins Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh in the fast-bowling department.
“If the wicket doesn’t help you, and you try playing shots and lose wickets, and it doesn’t rain, you might be in a difficult position. We’ll assess the situation, and if the rain comes, we’ll reassess.
“I don’t think in international cricket if you come, I don’t think pace or bounce makes a difference now. It’s challenging. But you have the skill set to cope up with it in international cricket,” he stated.
India: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (captain), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wicket-keeper), Kane Williamson (captain), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, and Lockie Ferguson.