India opt to bowl; both teams unchanged

Toss India chose to bowl vs New Zealand

Rohit Sharma gave a dramatic pause of over ten seconds after winning the toss in the second ODI in Raipur before finally saying he wanted to bowl. The India captain said he had nearly forgotten what the team’s decision was because there was “a lot of talk in the team group about what we wanted to do”. India had challenged themselves by opting to bowl under the lights in the first ODI. This time, though, they changed their decision because of the expected dew later.

Both teams went unchanged into the game.

New Zealand captain Tom Latham said he would have opted to bowl as well as he wasn’t completely sure how the pitch would behave in an international debut for the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.

The ground has big square boundaries, and Grant Elliott said at the pitch report he expected some pace and bounce in the game.

India lead the series 1-0 after a 12-run win in the opening ODI, which went into the last over after India had scored 349.

India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ishan Kishan (wk), 5 Suryakumar Yadav, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand: 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Henry Nicholls, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (capt & wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Henry Shipley, 10 Blair Tickner, 11 Lockie Ferguson

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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