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INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND, 2ND TEST, VENUE: EDEN GARDENS, KOLKATA, INDIA WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO BAT FIRST.

INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND, 2ND TEST, VENUE: EDEN GARDENS, KOLKATA, INDIA WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO BAT FIRST.

The news from the Edens is that Indian Skipper Virat Kohli have won the toss and elected to bat first to put some amount of pressure on the Visitors New Zealand

 

 

After winning the first test Indian team will definitely be looking forward to grab the 2nd test and seal the series and on the other hand the Kiwis will also be eyeing to win this test and level the series.


This is what the captains said:

 

 

Ross Taylor: 'Disappointing not to have our premier skipper, not just as captain, but he's the number two batsman in the world. He has had fever for the last couple of days, that's unfortunate and he's still sick this morning, but happens in such humidity. It's a big loss, but we will look to play well for him. There should be some assistance for the seamers early on, should help us in the first session. Some of the batsmen have had valuable match practice and we will look to put them under pressure. Jeetan (Patel) is back, replaces Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls is in for Kane and we are playing an extra seamer in Matt Henry.'

 

 

 

Virat Kohli: 'We will bat first, looks like a pretty hard surface with a good grass coverage, should help the seamers in the first session, should turn out to be a good batting surface later. The preparations have been great, the wickets were under covers for a bit. We have to play with intensity, it was hot in Kanpur and it will be hot in Kolkata as well. Good start in Kanpur, but it's all about executing well, so looking forward to the match. Composition remains the same, just a couple of changes, Shikhar Dhawan replaces KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar replaces Umesh Yadav, we feel he will be useful with the new ball in these conditions.'

 


Teams (Playing XI):

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor(c), Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling(w), Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner


India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami

 

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75