India wins toss and bats 1st in 2nd one-dayer vs New Zealand
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — India won the toss and elected to bat Saturday in the second one-day cricket international against New Zealand at Bay Oval.
Captain Virat Kohli said India was confident in its ability to chase any total and his decision to bat was “about giving ourselves another challenge.”
India beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the first match at Napier which Kohli described as “a clinical performance.” He said Saturday’s match was about “riding the momentum” of that win while giving India an opportunity to gain experience of batting in windy conditions and on small grounds than it is used to.
India named an unchanged lineup.
New Zealand made two changes to its team for the match, naming leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in place of Mitchell Santner and allrounder Colin de Grandhomme for Tim Southee.
Captain Kane Williamson said New Zealand would have bowled if it had won the toss. He said New Zealand had tried to move on quickly from the heavy loss in Napier to demonstrate it is a better team than that result implied.
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in one-day internationals prior to the India series with two of those wins coming at Bay Oval.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
Umpires: Nigel Llong, England, and Chris Brown, New Zealand.
TV umpire: Shaun George, South Africa. Match referee: David Boon, Australia.