India v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Jaipur November 30, 2010

Will New Zealand put up a fight?


Match Facts

Wednesday, December 1
Start time 14.30 (09.00 GMT)

The Big Picture

First the good news: Daniel Vettori, who missed the first ODI, is fit to play the second game. However it's learnt that Brendon McCullum is a doubtful starter and New Zealand, who are already missing Jesse Ryder, have lost the services of Daryl Tuffey due to a bicep strain.

Of late, there seems to be a pattern to New Zealand's one-day chases. They appear to dawdle initially and allow the required rate to climb, and then lose wickets in a heap in a frantic effort to keep the chase on track. In the absence of three key players, it was always going to be difficult for New Zealand to put up a fight in the first one-dayer.

Without McCullum (if he doesn't get fit in time) and Ryder, much will depend on Ross Taylor. He had a very average Test series but took his first step towards regaining form with 66 in the first match. Martin Guptill provides aggression at the top and Kane Williamson adds stability in the middle. Gareth Hopkins, the wicketkeeper, has however been disappointing so far on this tour.

India would have been gladdened by a couple of developments in the first match. Virat Kohli hit his second successive hundred and the way he paced and built his innings stood out. R Ashwin too impressed with his control and composure in the Powerplays, while Munaf Patel caught the eye with a disciplined effort.

There were couple of concerns as well. Sreesanth picked up two wickets in the end but struggled with the new ball. His career economy rate is over six and he has struggled with his lengths in the shorter formats. Suresh Raina hit 71 against Australia in his last one-dayer before this series but went 15 games before that without a half-century. MS Dhoni had said he hoped that Raina will get a break after this match, ahead of the South Africa tour, but had added that it would depend on his performance in the first two games.

Form guide

(most recent first)

India: WWLWL
New Zealand: LLLLL

Watch out for...

Kane Williamson looked solid in the Tests and has hit an ODI hundred against Bangladesh's spinners in his last series. The Jaipur track is reported to play slow and aid turn, and Williamson's skills will come to the fore.

M Vijay impressed with his brief, but skilful, innings in the first game on a wicket that aided the seamers initially. He played his shots and looked good for more before he threw his wicket away. It's something that we have seen in the past as well: he has been guilty of failing to convert starts. Can he play a big knock tomorrow?

Pitch and conditions

The pitch is expected to play slow, but a bigger worry could be dew in the evening. "Obviously dew is a big factor, they do use the chemical to reduce its effect, but I don't think it makes much of a difference," Gautam Gambhir said. "The wicket appears to be on the slower side and it might a spin a bit. We could [play an extra spinner]. Because it looks a little dry, it might spin if we bowl first."


Vettori will replace Tuffey and, given the conditions, New Zealand could retain Nathan McCullum as well. They will hope that Brendon McCullum wins the race for fitness.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Jamie How, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Ross Taylor, 4 Scott Styris, 5 Kane Williamson, 6 Grant Elliott / James Franklin, 7 Daniel Vettori (capt), 8 Gareth Hopkins (wk), 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Andy McKay

With Gambhir mulling the possibility of playing an extra spinner, Ravindra Jadeja will fancy his chances of getting a game, coming in for either Sreesanth or Munaf Patel.

India (probable): 1 M Vijay, 2 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Ravindra Jadeja , 8 Wriddiman Saha (wk), 9 Ashwin, 10 Sreesanth / Munaf Patel, 11 Ashish Nehra

Stats and trivia

  • Sreesanth has the second-worst economy rate in the list of bowlers who have played at least 50 ODIs and taken 50 wickets

  • India have played 10 games in Jaipur and lost four. They beat South Africa by one run in the last game played at this venue in February 2010.


"I spoke to the curator and he told me that the wicket on which Hyderabad got out for 21 [in the Ranji Trophy] had lots of grass on it and now they have shaved it off. But I don't think it's (the nature of the wicket) a concern because we have played on all kinds of wickets. Rather than worrying about the wicket we need to be thinking about what we should do."

Gautam Gambhir makes the right noises

"Duncan Fletcher is just here as a bit of a consultant, giving overviews. Obviously [he has] a lot of experience with international teams and working with individuals. He's only been here today so we're finding out about him and he's finding out about us and hopefully he can add some real value to the team."

Daniel Vettori on the role of Fletcher who joined the team ahead of the Jaipur game

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Hariharan on December 1, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    Sourav Tiwary shoulbe in the playing 11. He is one of the best young talent. We have to give him enough opportunities to learn and become a gud middle order batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    The contest between Gautam and Vettori will be fascinating to watch

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    You forgot to mention that Sreeshanth has a Strike Rate of 33.0, way better than Malinga or McGrath. He's in the top 15 and except for Broad (ENG) , MG Jhonson (AUS) or Maharoof (SL) and himself , none of the others in the top 15 play anymore. I think you should not try to always bash the poor guy. He's takes wickets and thats all we need in ODI's. Added advantage is that he's finding back his rhythm and also he's keeping his mouth shut and letting the Ball talk .

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    what we now see is that our team is quite strong with the bench guys... so i'd still lift my head up and ask Yousuf Pathan to have a seat and we go in with Tiwari for this game today..

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Mr Suresh.. Only one question for you... Is Sourav Tiwary a wicketkeeper?? LOL

    'Posted by Suresh Raji on (December 01 2010, 06:11 AM GMT)

    No need for Wriddiman Saha .Sourav tiwary much better then Wriddiman Saha'

  • Chetan on December 1, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I think it is better to play S.Tiwari in team, then to play R.Jadega. He should be given a chance ahead of Raina and Pathan to showcase his talent. Including in the squad and not giving a chance to play is not fair to him. He should also get a fair no. of chances as given to Kohli, Yuvraj, M.Vijay and of course Pathan.

  • Parag on December 1, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Finally CriciInfo corrected the possible squad , Its Ravindra Jadeja and not the P. Ojha , additional spinner might replace a fast bowler.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    gambhir vs vettori now......hope we will see the showbiz of stiff competetion here.................but india r the favourite

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    No need for Wriddiman Saha .Sourav tiwary much better then Wriddiman Saha

  • Tom on December 1, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    The best team for today will be:-G Gambhir*, R Ashwin, V Kohli, Ashish Nehra, YK Pathan, SK Raina, WP Saha†, S Sreesanth, Vinay kumar, M Vijay, Yuvraj Singh

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