2nd ODI: Unchanged India opt to bat versus New Zealand
Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli at the toss. (Image: BCCI)

India skipper Virat Kohli called correctly at the toss and opted to bat on what he termed a “really good looking” surface at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval on Saturday, which in India is celebrated as Republic Day.

After a complete performance in the first ODI in Napier, India lead the five-match series 1-0 and played an unchanged team. (LIVE UPDATES: INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND)

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said at the toss that he wanted to field. The hosts swapped a left-arm spinner, Mitchell Santner, for the legspinner Ish Sodhi and brought back Colin de Grandhomme for Tim Southee. (VIDEO: New Zealand eye redemption at run-filled Bay Oval)

Returning to the venue at which they recently piled up 371 and 319 could act as some sort of inspiration for New Zealand, but for a change in results they will have to bat exceedingly well against one of the most potent bowling attacks in the game.


Probable XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Vijay Shankar, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Probable XI: 1 Colin Munro, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Latham (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Doug Bracewell, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Lockie Ferguson