After the satisfying victory in 1st T20I against New Zealand in New Delhi, team India will definitely want to win T20I series in Rajkot on Saturday.
India leads the 3 match T20 international series by 1-0. In the first T20I game, Indian team performed well in all sections. India made a huge total of 202 runs in their 20 overs, New Zealand failed to go past the huge total and eventually India won the first game by 53 runs.
With eyes on the series, India will definitely look for the win while on the other hand, New Zealand will look to level the series after winning the Rajkot T20I.
Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gives India a brilliant start and put 158 runs for the first wicket. This was the highest opening partnership for India in international T20. New Zealand definitely wants some runs from their top order too. In Delhi, both Munro and Guptill departs cheaply.
For New Zealand, other important concern is their bowling department. No other bowler except Ish Sodhi could hardly trouble Indian batsmen. So they have to perform well if they want to level the series.
Rajkot T20 will also be going to another high scoring game just like in New Delhi.
Kohli will celebrate his 29th birthday on 5th November so Indian team definitely looking to give series victory as a birthday gift to their captain Virat Kohli.
Squads for T20:
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee