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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 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77