New Delhi: New Zealand skipper Mitchell Santner has won the toss and elected to bat first in the second T20i match at Ekana Sports City in Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh.
Indian captain Hardik Pandya brings in leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in place of quick bowler Umran Malik. This makes the comeback of the famous Kul-Cha pair in the playing XI.
Mitchell Santner, New Zealand’s captain
We are gonna have a bat. The stats say that it’s challenging to chase. Had a tough ODI series, nice to bounce back. The key is to take wickets through the middle. Same team.
Hardik Pandya, India’s captain
We were also thinking about batting first. It can’t difficult than this in a bilateral series, looking forward to this game. We are going to make mistakes and we’ll learn from them. It might turn. Umran misses out, and Yuzi comes in.
Ekana Sports City is one of the bigger grounds in India. 69m square on one side, 67m on the other side and 77m today for the straight hit. It is a red soil pitch just Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. The team batting second will be hoping for a dew, if not then the match will slip from their grip.
India vs New Zealand squad
India playing XI: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
New Zealand playing XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner(c), Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner
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