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Pack your side with batsmen at high-scoring Eden Park

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26 Jan 2020, 16:42 GMT+10

12:51 AM ET New Zealand v India, 2nd T20I, Auckland

Our XI: KL Rahul (wk), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja*, Yuzvendra Chahal

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Captain: KL Rahul

Rahul has been in red-hot form in limited-overs cricket for a while now, and it continued in the first T20I as he raced to a 27-ball 56. No reason to look anywhere else yet, irrespective of whether India bat first or second.

Vice-captain: Virat Kohli

Kohli was also among the runs in his first-ever T20I on the New Zealand soil, although it was a rare chase when he didn't see the side home. Kohli still averages 52.57 in T20Is, and if India chase once again, you could consider slotting him in as captain too.

Hot picks

Kane Williamson

Williamson found his hitting range, moved up a few gears and made full use of the angles and short boundaries at Eden Park during his 26-ball 51 in the first game. It was only his second fifty at the ground from ten innings, but he looks in solid hitting form on his return to the national side.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Outside of Jasprit Bumrah, Chahal (along with Shivam Dube) had the best economy rate among all the bowlers who bowled in the first T20I. As much as the run-saving, he brings proven wicket-taking ability to your side, and is always a chance at a ground where batsmen are going hell for leather from the get-go. The only specialist bowler in our line-up.

Colin Munro

Munro relishes playing in New Zealand, where his numbers are world-class: an average of 35.30 and a strike rate of 172.75. True to form, he smashed a brisk fifty at the top of the order. Another potential vice-captain option, especially if New Zealand bat first. Munro is also tagged as an "allrounder" on fantasy platforms thanks to his part-time bowling abilities, so he could help fill another hole too.

Value picks

Ross Taylor

Taylor hasn't exactly been a T20I run-scoring beast, partly due to where he bats in the order, and made his first T20I half-century in six years on Friday. Not surprisingly, he comes on the cheap on fantasy platforms. Taylor is a vital cog in New Zealand's middle order along with Williamson, and with short legside boundaries, you can always back him to smoke a few into the upper tiers.

Shreyas Iyer

The star of India's win in the first T20I, Iyer defied a mini-slump in form that saw him get out early through the latter half of India's home season. His timely big hits ensured India chased down 204 with a full over to spare. Form is everything in T20 cricket, and at the same ground where he won his first Player-of-the-Match award for India two days ago, you should continue to back him.

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