The Test Series between India and New Zealand got off to a rousing start, with the first Test lasting until the final ball of the final day. New Zealand held on to their last wicket for nearly ten overs, snatching an unlikely draw. India would have been disappointed to have missed out on two crucial WTC points, which could have significant ramifications in the future.
The pitch in Kanpur was a little too flat for our liking, but all indications are that Mumbai will present a different type of challenge. Is it finally time for New Zealand to win its first Test series in India, or will India completely dominate?
The match will be held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai beginning December 3rd, 2021.
Match Details to Note
Match: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, New Zealand Tour of India, 2021
Date: December 03, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 9:30 AM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
India vs New Zealand Team Previews
Even though India did not win the first match, it can be proud of how it performed. The team has some obvious flaws, but they are well-prepared when playing at home, as evidenced by their performance in the first match. Excellent performances from the Indian lower order in both innings enabled India to reach impressive totals, while the spinners performed admirably.
The spinners will receive much more assistance in Mumbai, making them even more difficult to deal with. We saw Axar Patel take five wickets (his fifth in just eight innings), and he could easily add one more in this next match.
The fast bowlers’ performances were erratic, and we believe there will be a change for this match. Ishant Sharma may have to make way for Mohammad Siraj, who was unlucky to be unable to play in the first match.
India’s batting will also need to be reworked. Because Virat Kohli is returning for this match, one of the current batsmen will have to sit out. Who is the question? According to some reports, Mayank Aggarwal will be released and KS Bharat will make his debut. That would be a band-aid solution that would not benefit India in the long run. We believe Ajinkya Rahane has exhausted his options and may be dropped for this match, despite being the captain just a few days ago.
If the pitch is truly a turner, scoring runs will be difficult for the Indian batsmen as well. Players who get to face the new ball have a good chance of scoring the most runs for India in the first inning.
India Test Squad
Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand would have been relieved to have gotten something to show for their efforts in Kanpur. The pitch was much flatter than expected and lasted the entire five days without breaking up too much. There were a number of standout performances from the players, but Tom Latham stands out. He added two more fifties to his tally against India and continued to enjoy his stay.
We are delighted to back him to be New Zealand’s Top Batsman in this upcoming match as well. Will Young was one of New Zealand’s surprise performers, but the lack of runs from the other batsmen would have been very concerning. We don’t believe anyone from New Zealand will score in the triple digits in this match, so that could be profitable as well.
New Zealand is in big trouble in this match, and it will take something extraordinary for them to compete.
New Zealand Test Squad
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner
Predicted XI: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville/Neil Wagner
India vs New Zealand Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will prefer to bat first. That is a significant advantage in Mumbai, where the pitch is expected to take shape as early as the second or third session.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
There is some unseasonal rain in Mumbai, which may result in some delays on the first day. However, the forecast improves dramatically after that, and a result is still very likely. The buzz on the field suggests that the pitch will be a crowd-pleaser. This gives India a clear advantage, and an innings defeat for New Zealand is also possible.
India vs New Zealand Head to Head
India has won 21 of the 61 matches between these two teams, while New Zealand has won 13. India’s batsmen have earned the most fantasy points for their team, while New Zealand’s bowlers have earned the most fantasy points.
India vs New Zealand Match Prediction
We will bet on India to win this match easily. It has a fantastic trio of spinners who were unplayable against England on some difficult pitches. The same could happen in this match for New Zealand. One risk to consider is that Indian batting is a little erratic and does not fare well on turning surfaces. All things considered, India is still the team to support in this competition.
India is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 1.25.
- India currently has a 13-series winning streak in home tests.
- New Zealand ended a six-match losing streak in Tests in India.
- In the first test, Indian spinners took 17 of the 19 wickets, while Kiwi pacers took 14 of the 17 wickets.
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