IND vs NZ 2nd Test Match Preview | New Zealand Tour of India

Match Information:

In Mumbai, New Zealand will play India in the second test match of the series. The two-match series is now tied at 0-0 after the first match ended in a draw. 

Virat Kohli will return to lead India against top-ranked New Zealand in the second Test on Friday, giving the hosts a pleasant selection headache. Kohli will play in Mumbai for the first time after stepping down as Twenty20 skipper at the end of the World Cup last month and taking a brief break. Shreyas Iyer’s 105 and 65 in his debut Test against the Black Caps in Kanpur, which finished in a draw, has made it difficult for Indian selectors to choose their final XI. 

The playing XI is anticipated to include Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. Despite the favourable conditions for fast bowlers, India is set to field R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel as three spinners/all-rounders. Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav could be replaced by Mohammad Siraj. The batsmen of New Zealand had a strong match and are likely to keep the same batting lineup. Will Young was impressive, and Tom Latham was essential to its success.

With the shift in conditions, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, and Kyle Jamieson are anticipated to be the third and fourth pacers. It’s possible that Ajaz Patel will be benched. The player to keep an eye on is Rachin Ravindra.

IND vs NZ Match Details 

Date – Friday, December 03, 2021
Time – 9:30 AM IST
Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 

IND v NZ Head-to-Head: 

  • Total – 61 
  • India – 21 
  • New Zealand – 13 
  • Draw – 27 

IND v NZ Probable Playing XI: 

  • INDIA Probable Playing XI

MayankAgarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammad Siraj/ Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav  

  • NEW ZEALAND Probable Playing XI

Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel/ Neil Wagner, William Somerville 

India vs New Zealand Pitch Report:

The Wankhede Stadium usually has something for batsmen to start with, but spinners often take over as the game progresses. However, Mumbai is receiving a lot of rain at the moment, which could affect the pitch conditions. The rain may prevent the 22-yard strip from drying out, and the pacers may benefit from the square’s purchase. 

IND v NZ Weather Forecast  

The start of the match could be delayed due to a damp outfield, as Mumbai is anticipating heavy rain. 

Key Players

INDIA Key Players

  • Virat kohli
  • Shreyas iyer 
  • R Ashwin 
  • Jadeja  

New Zealand Key Players

  • Tom Letham
  • Kane Williamson
  • Tim Southee/ Neil Wagner 
  • Kyle Jamieson

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