India-New Zealand second T20 in Lucknow today
New Zealand lead 1-0 in series by winning Ranchi T20
India will have to win the second T20 to save the series
New Delhi. The second match of the T20 series between India and New Zealand will be played at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. The pressure will be on Team India in this match. Because New Zealand won the first T20 in Ranchi and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Now if India has to stay in the series, it will have to win the Lucknow T20 in any case. However, the road is not going to be easy for India. Because the strength of Team India in ODIs has become a weakness in T20s. This weakness was the biggest reason for the defeat in Ranchi T20. Without overcoming this, it will be difficult for Hardik Pandya and Co. to make a comeback in the T20 series.
After all, what was India’s strength in ODIs against New Zealand, which seems to be a weakness in T20s. Let us tell you. India had clean swept New Zealand in the 3 ODI series. His top order had an important contribution in this success of India. In all the three ODIs, both Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma batted brilliantly while opening and got India off to a good start in every match. Shubman scored 208 in the first ODI, 40 not out in the second and 112 in the third. At the same time, Rohit Sharma played innings of 34, 51 and 101 runs in all three ODIs.
Gill hit in ODI, flopped in T20
In the third and last ODI against New Zealand in Indore, Rohit-Shubman added 212 runs for the first wicket. In the second ODI, the pair had a 72-run partnership and in the first ODI, there was a 60-run partnership between Rohit-Shubman. That is, in all the three matches, the opening pair added 50 or more runs. For this reason, India was able to score big in all the three matches and got the victory. But, this is not happening in T20.
India’s top order flopped in Ranchi
In the ODI where the top order of Team India took away the breath of New Zealand. At the same time, the Indian top order itself died in Ranchi T20. Shubman Gill, Ishaan Kishan and Rahul Tripathi, who came out to bat at number three, added only 11 runs in 17 balls in total. In Ranchi, India lost 3 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs. After this, it is difficult for any team to come back. The same happened with India and Ranchi T20 team India lost by 21 runs.
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The openers were failing in the Sri Lanka series as well.
The flop show of the top order in T20 was also seen against Sri Lanka. The opening pair of Ishan-Gill added 27 runs in the first T20 in Mumbai, 12 in the second T20 and 3 runs for the first wicket in the third T20 in Rajkot. That is, this is not happening in any one series. In such a situation, Pandya will have to overcome this problem before the second T20 against New Zealand in Lucknow. Otherwise the series can slip out of hand.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 29, 2023, 07:17 IST