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Rajkot T20I: New Zealand win toss and elect to bat against India

05 November 2017, 01:55 | Marta Robbins

Both Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav will want to feature in the second T20I against New

Manish Pandey Kuldeep Yadav

Toss: Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, won the toss and opted to bat against India in the second game of three-match Twenty20 Internationals, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday (November 4).

With the victory in Rajkot, New Zealand returned to number one in the world rankings, after India's big win in the opening match had knocked them down a spot.

Talking about the Indian playing XI, the Men in Blue have decided to make just one change. India drafted in the debutant Mohammad Siraj in the place of Ashish Nehra who retired from global cricket after the previous game.

Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who started his global career on the day Nehra ended, did not get a chance to bat in the first T20 and will now be eager to score for the team in this match. And the catching too has let the Black Caps down in contrast to some superb outfield efforts by the Men in Blue.

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Opening the bowling for India along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siraj's very first over in global cricket saw him concede 10 runs, including two boundaries.

Munro hit seven massive sixes and the same amount of boundaries as brought up his second T20I ton in only 54 deliveries, bettering his 56-ball century against Bangladesh. He subsequently impressed in India A's tour of South Africa. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum leads the list with 2140 runs. In today's match also Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan will give good partnership. Guptill played an archetype second fiddle to Munro in the first half of the innings and the pair put up an opening stand of 105 runs in 11 overs before he was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal for an unlucky score of 45. At the other end, Virat Kohli kept things going on as he looked set for another master class. Shreyas Iyer got to Colin Munro after struggling to get runs with required rate climbing up. Virat soon got to his 18th fifty in T20i's but the scoreboard pressure got the better off him as he got on 65 runs off 42 balls. New Zealand went into the match dropping Tom Latham and Tim Southee and played Glenn Philips and Adam Milne.

"There are going to be runs galore".

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