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Ind vs Nz, 2nd T-20: Preview

Mohammad Siraj.

A Comprehensive win in 1st T-20 and a nice farewell to Nehra Ji, was the story, which earned India their 1st win in T-20’s against New Zealand. Straight forward coming onto 2nd game, the teams look relaxed and ready to go. New Zealand might think of bringing Taylor back in place of Nichollas to give team a good balance and new hope of comeback in the match, where as India will be handing Mohammad Siraj his debut in Rajkot to fill the void created by Nehra’s retirement. Coming onto Siraj, before 2016-17 Ranji Trophy no body knew Siraj but 41 wickets in season ensured him a contract with Sunrisers in IPL worth 2.6 Crore. Siraj is not so tall but a pacer with a heavy pace and effective performance. The 23 year old pacer belongs to a average family of Hyderabad. Siraj has performed well for India A in recent series and will be 71st player to represent India in the shortest format.
Ground Conditions and Pitch:

Talking about the Ground, it is not so big but has a straight boundary of over 70 m. The pitch is batsman friendly here and poses questions to each and every bowler. The only T-20 International played here saw India chasing a target of 202 with two balls remaining against Australia in 2013.

Teams:

Likely XI

India

Rohit, Dhawan, Virat(C), Dhoni(wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Chahal, B.Kumar, Bumrah, Siraj

New Zealand

Guptill, Munro, Williamson(C), Latham(wk), Taylor, Bruce, Santner, Grandhomme, Sodhi, Boult, Southee

Records in Sight:

Virat need to hit one more 4 to reach 200 fours in T-20 format overall.

Virat need 10 more runs to complete 7000 runs in T-20 Cricket and he will become 1st Indian to do so.

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