Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill, who are the openers in T20s, are failing to form good partnerships. India has played 4 T20s so far this year.. Both of them have established a partnership of 27, 12, 3 and 10 runs respectively. With this, the team India management is thinking of playing Prithvi Shah, who has registered a triple century in the Ranji Trophy, as an opener. But as it is mandatory to play Ishan as a wicket keeper, there is no chance to give another chance to Gill who is in form.
There is no possibility of changing the rest of the batting order except for one of the openers. But there is a chance of change in the bowling department. In Ranchi T20, Arshadeep Singh’s 27 runs in the last over became negative for India. Arshadeep, who scored 21 runs in three overs and took the wicket of Conway.. But in the last over he gave generous runs and caused the team’s defeat. Arshadeep’s performance in this year’s T20s has been poor. Arshadeep hit 5 noballs in the T20 against Sri Lanka at Pune. While it is expected that Arshadeep Singh will be dropped from the second T20I, there is a possibility that he will be given another chance. If Arshadeep is considered to be kept aside, there is a possibility of playing Mukesh Kumar.
The second T20I will start at 7 PM today at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Lucknow. The team winning the toss has the option to bat.
Indian Team Prediction: Ishan Kishan (wicket keeper), Shubman Gill/Prithvi Shah, Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (captain), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Arshadeep Singh/Mukesh Kumar.
New Zealand Team Prediction: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wicket keeper), Mark Chapman, Darrell Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner (captain), Michael Braswell, Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner.