New Zealand vs India 2020: 2nd Test, Christchurch – Match Preview, Pitch Report, Weather Forecast, Predicted XI & Match Prediction: As India look to salvage pride and save themselves from registering their first series loss in the World Test Championship, a green-top pitch awaits them in Christchurch for the second Test against New Zealand, starting Friday.
India look to withstand New Zealand’s fiery bowling
Expect the pitch in Christchurch to favour the bowlers, a like the conditions in Wellington. Most India batsmen have already exposed their difficulties in facing the New Zealand bowlers and adjusting to their pace and movement. But they might seem to change their approach play and make a more cautious approach from the onset of the match.
With Prithvi Shaw missing the training due to swelling in his feet, Shubman Gill could be given a chance to open along with Mayank Agarwal.
Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara disappointed in Wellington but he along with India captain Virat Kohli will look to provide resilience and save India from registering a 0-2 whitewash against New Zealand.
Kyle Jamieson on focus
Trent Boult, Tim Southee were among wickets but debutant Kyle Jamieson wrecked most of the havoc for India in the first Test. His 130-135 kmph pace with movement will come handy on the green-top and India batsmen will be wary of it.
New Zealand vs India 2020: 2nd Test – Match Preview
Date and Venue: February 28, 2020, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Time – 04: 00 AM IST
The pitch will provide assistance to bowlers, turn and swing can be expected. If bowlers take control of the match from day expect an outcome of the match by Day 4.
The weather is expected to remain partly cloud, with light showers expected. However, it might not effect the outcome of the match, as a result can be expected at the end of Day 4.