New Zealand A vs India A, 2020: 2nd Unofficial Test – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

New Zealand A vs India A, 2020: 2nd Unofficial Test – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Ashwin, Rahane, Pujara and Saha will take part in this game.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Match Details:

The second and final Unofficial Test of the two-match series between New Zealand A and India A will be played at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (3:30 AM IST) (10:00 PM GMT – Previous Day). There is no live telecast of this match.

Preview for Dream11 Fantasy

New Zealand A and India A will face-off for one final time in the second Unofficial Test match in Lincoln from Friday. This match is crucial for senior Indian team’s Test specialists in Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravi Ashwin who have already reached New Zealand. As far as the first match of the series is concerned, the Indian batsman struggled in the first innings.

They were bundled out for just 216 runs in 54 overs after which the bowlers also couldn’t make a mark conceding 562 runs picking only seven wickets in 160.1 overs. The batsmen, however, made amends for the poor show in the first innings with the likes of Priyank Panchal, Hanuma Vihari scoring centuries while Shubman Gill proceeded to smash a stunning double ton.

Weather Report

The forecast for this match is decent with the rain likely to make its presence felt on the second day. For the rest of the days, it will remain a bit cloudy with sun playing hide and seek. The temperature will hover in the late 10s according to AccuWeather on all days.

Pitch Report

There is not much information about the venue hosting a four-day game. Though it should be typical pitch like other venues in New Zealand with something or rather a lot in it for the pace bowlers in the first couple of days before the surface flattens out from the third day. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first.

Injury and Availability News

Ashwin, Rahane, Pujara and Saha will take part in this game. They have already reached New Zealand and have trained with the team.

India A have only 12 players in their squad and only one of the bowlers will sit out for this game. However, according to Dream11, Vijay Shankar is also the part of the squad. So we are considering him in the XI.

For New Zealand A, Mark Chapman is not available as he is part of the national team in the ongoing ODI series.

Going by the players available to pick in Dream11 Fantasy, Sean Solia and Ajaz Patel, who played the first Unofficial Test, are not the part of the squad for this game. Tim Seifert, Nathan Smith and Daryl Mitchell have been added in the list to pick in the team. We are going with the players available in Dream11.

Probable Playing XIs

New Zealand A

Hamish Rutherford (C), Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Dane Cleaver (WK), Cole McConchie, Nathan Smith, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Michael Rae.

Bench – Tim Seifert.

India A

Shubman Gill, Srikar Bharat, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari (C), Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravi Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem/Sandeep Warrier, Mohammed Siraj, Ishan Porel.

Bench – Sandeep Warrier/Shahbaz Nadeem.

Top Picks

Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill become your top picks automatically from India A side for this match. The latter smacked a double hundred in the second innings of the previous game while Pujara is also coming off a strong show in domestic cricket. Vihari is also in good form having scored a century in his previous outing. Ishan Porel can make the ball talk at pace and will be key for the visitors.

For the home side, Dane Cleaver scored 196 in the previous Test while the Will Young is also a talented cricketer and can be picked in your Dream11 Fantasy team. Cole McConchie is another exciting pick. He scored 50 with the bat and also picked three wickets. Daryl Mitchell is a veteran in the first-class arena and has played 2016 FC matches scoring more than 13000 runs.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Will Young

Vice-Captain – Cole McConchie, Hamish Rutherford, Hanuma Vihari, Dane Cleaver

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Dane Cleaver

Batters – Shubman Gill (C), Cheteshwar Pujara, Hamish Rutherford (VC), Will Young

All-Rounders – Hanuma Vihari, Ravi Ashwin, Cole McConchie

Bowlers – Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Michael Rae


Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Wriddhiman Saha, Dane Cleaver

Batters – Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Will Young

All-Rounders – Hanuma Vihari (VC), Cole McConchie

Bowlers – Mohammed Siraj, Michael Rae, Nathan Smith


Expert Advice

There is a lot of confusion around New Zealand A squad as no official squad announcement of replacement players has been made. Pick the players who are sure to play in this match.

Rahane generally takes a little bit of time to get accustomed to the conditions and might not get a big score in this match. So we have skipped him in the Head to Head team.

Probable Winners

The game is likely to end in a draw once again.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.