New Zealand will have to buck up to level the series at Ferozshah Kotla    AFP
New Zealand will have to buck up to level the series at Ferozshah Kotla AFP

India and New Zealand lock horns in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match ODI series with the capital city gearing up for hosting India s 901st match. After hammering New Zealand easily in the three-Test series, India looked at their very best in the first ODI and will like to continue in same stead whereas change in format has also not done much of a difference to the Kiwis but they will try to level the series at Ferozshah Kotla. Here is a look at Aditya Sahay s probable XI for the visitors ahead of the second ODI: Full Cricket Scorecard, India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI

Top-order: After a lackluster outing with the bat, New Zealand may still not change a lot in their batting order. Tom Latham played a brilliant innings of 79 not out in the first ODI and batted throughout New Zealand s stay in the middle which survived till 43.5 overs. He will continue to open with ODI specialist Martin Guptill, a player who cannot be kept out for long in ODIs and will be expected to come good in this match. Kane Williamson will come at No. 3 who will be expected to get a big one as the track will assist him. Williamson has added responsibilities on his shoulders and will like to carry his bat throughout the innings.

Middle-order: Ross Taylor is having a miserable time in India but may come to form at Kotla where the pitch assists the batsmen in the first half and remains good in the second innings with some assistance to tweakers under lights. Taylor will feel confident if he comes out to bat in the afternoon with positive intent. Being the senior player, he seriously needs to forget about his failures and lead his side s revival. Corey Anderson will come at No. 5 followed by Luke Ronchi at No. 6. New Zealand have enough firepower in the batting but their batsmen will have to be more watchful and apply themselves for longer periods.

Lower-order: New Zealand bat deep with Jimmy Neesham at No. 7 and Mitchell Santner at No. 8. Even Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee can bat and hit the ball out of the park, as shown by the latter in the first ODI, which gives them enough depth. Still, it was a shame for them to get bundled out for 190. As we know, cricket is a funny game and their players need to step up rather than perishing to reckless shots like in the first encounter. ALSO READ: India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: DDCA in fix with groundsmen over promised incentives

Bowlers: New Zealand have good bowlers too, which makes their lackluster performance even more baffling. They may contemplate making a change or two. Bracewell is a decent all-rounder but may get dropped to accommodate a place for Trent Boult or Matt Henry. It is not wise to have these two in the squad and not make them play. Boult can come back to partner Southee with Anderson and Neesham being their vital third and fourth bowler. Santner has control with the white ball but Ish Sodhi has looked completely out of sorts. He was expensive in the opening game of the series and New Zealand may spring out a surprise by playing Anton Devcich, who is an opener and vital left-arm orthodox spinner; an unknown commodity to the Indians. He may come all out against India who have seen very less of him but it will be slightly difficult to accommodate a place for him in the top-order.

The track in Kotla is batting friendly but gets slow and turns in the second innings. This may give Sodhi a chance ahead of Devcich, who is not a genuine spinner. New Zealand are running out of ideas with four consecutive defeats on this tour. Nonetheless, they have lost only one ODI and can revamp anytime in a format wherein they have been more consistent recently.

New Zealand s likely XI against India for second ODI: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi/Anton Devcich.

(Aditya Sahay is a journalist with CricketCountry who is completely into sports and loves writing about cricket in general. He can be followed on Twitter at adisahay7)