India missed out on the chance to win the first Test match at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. This was courtesy of a gritty final wicket partnership between Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel, helped by the bad light. Both the teams will now face in the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which will be great cricket news for the fans.
Virat Kohli will be back in the team for this match, Shreyas Iyer could be probably be benched for the contest. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are expected to be included in the starting XI, though the fans may want one of them dropped for the cricket match based on the form that Iyer showcased in the first game.
Despite favourable conditions for fast bowlers, India is set to field three spinners/all-rounders – R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel – just like the first match of the series. Mohammad Siraj might take over for either Ishant Sharma or Umesh Yadav in the starting lineup.
- India – Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammad Siraj/ Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav
The New Zealand batters performed admirably in the match, and the team is likely to stick with the same batting lineup in the next one. Will Young was outstanding, and Tom Latham was instrumental in their success.
Because of the shift in weather conditions, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, and Kyle Jamieson are all expected to be in the starting XI. Ajaz Patel may find himself on the bench. Rachin Ravindra will be the player to keep an eye on in this match.
- New Zealand – Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel/ Neil Wagner, William Somerville
Indians have won 16 of the 35 Tests they have played in India, losing only two, and drawing the other 17.
India is invincible at home, and it would take something spectacular from New Zealand to upset their dominance in their home ground.
Date and Time:
Friday, December 03, 2021, 9:30 AM IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai