India vs New Zealand: 2016 Test match series: Second test match Preview

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India Vs New Zealand Second Test Match

India vs New Zealand Test Series: 2nd Test Match is going to from 30/9/2016. Here is the preview for the second Test match of the Series and also some of the most important factors related to this match. India team is looking stronger than the New Zealand team on paper but in the game of cricket, anything can happen.

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Venue: Eden Gardens Kolkata

Date: 30/9/16 – 4/10/16

India vs New Zealand Test Series : Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens is one of the most beautiful stadiums of India. The surface there is a bit slow and the paradise for spinners. So again, the team winning the toss will be in advantage because as the game will progress the pitch will become slower and would turn immensely.

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Stats and trivia

Eden Garden has hosted the most number of test matches in India that is 39.
Side batting first has won 11 and side bowling has won 9 out of the 39 matches.

Squads

India vs New Zealand Test Series is very important for some of the players to get back in form. Let us look at the players who will be playing the India vs New Zealand Test Series.

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New Zealand

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Kane Williamson(capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martín Guptill, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi.

India

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Virat Kohli(capt), Gautam Gambhir, Pujara, A Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Wridhimaan Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, B Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav

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India vs New Zealand Test Series: Which team is better?

Now let us look at some of the key factors that will govern the India vs New Zealand Second Test Match. 

India

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After winning the opening match quite comprehensively, the Indian team looks full of confidence. The performance of India as a team in the first match was clinical in all three departments whether it was batting, bowling or fielding.
In batting, almost every batsman scored some runs. The spin duo (Ashwin and Jadeja), as expected, took 16 out of 20 wickets.
The bad news for India is that KL Rahul is injured.
This match is very special for Gambhir fans as he is making a return to the international cricket through this match.

New Zealand

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Kiwis played well. They fought hard but the condition was just adverse of their game of play. They are great players of swing and fast bowling but aren’t good players of spin which we saw in the first test as spinners took 16 out of all the 20 wickets.
The inexperience of Black Caps was shown in the first test as they weren’t able to judge whether to leave or to play the ball.
But they will be passing to the next test with some positives. Latham, Williamson, and Ronchi batted well. Santner also showed a very good all round cricket with both bat and ball.

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Prediction

Indians are again clear favorites of this match. They are not going to lose the match for sure. New Zealand would be presumably looking to save the match as the two teams have had no match in these conditions.

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