Live Cricket Score: India vs New Zealand - Second T20 match at Chennai

Two days after his much-awaited comeback match was washed out due to persistent rain, the focus is back on Yuvraj Singh AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Sep 11, 2012

India takes on New Zealand in the second Twenty20 match at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Earlier, Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against New Zealand.

Two days after his much-awaited comeback match was washed out due to persistent rain, the focus is back on Yuvraj Singh as he looks to resume his innings in international cricket with the second Twenty20 game between India and New Zealand on Tuesday.

The first T20 in Visakhapatnam was called off without a ball being bowled, leaving the thousands who had thronged the stadium to watch Yuvraj’s much-anticipated return from a successful battle against a rare germ cell cancer, disappointed as rain had the final say.

Besides Yuvraj, the match will also mark Harbhajan Singh’s return to the squad after a long layoff. The off-spinner had gone out of favour after being blanked 0-4 in the disastrous England tour in July-August last year.

However, with his immediate challenger Ravichandran Ashwin in great form, having taken wickets by the bagful in recent times, chances of Harbhajan being included in the playing XI does not look too bright.

It will be interesting to see if the think-tank goes for an all-off spin attack.

The brief two-match series assumes significance as it is being looked upon as the start of India’s countdown for the World Twenty20 that will get underway in Sri Lanka on September 18.

Teams

India: MS Dhoni(c & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Zaheer Khan

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(wk), Ross Taylor(c), Rob Nicol, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Ronnie Hira

Catch the live score & ball-by-ball commentary of the second T20 here