New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I: Rotobash Fantasy Cricket Tips
New Zealand has a much better record against Team India in T20Is but the Men in Blue is the in-form unit.
Published - Feb 5, 2019 12:57 pm | Updated - Feb 5, 2019 12:57 pm
India wrapped up the ODI series 4-1 and it is a fair reflection of how dominating the team has been on this tour so far. In the last match, they won the toss and chose to bat in testing batting conditions which reflected instantly as they were torturing at 18 for 4. Then Vijay Shankar (45) and Ambati Raydu (90) build up decent partnership along with the late flourish of Hardik Pandya to get a defendable total of 252.
The biggest positives for Team India are the all-around performance of Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami’s consistency with the ball and Ambati Raydu’s response in tough situations. They do not have a great record against the Kiwis when it comes to T20Is. Out of the 8 matches that the two teams have played, New Zealand have won 6.
The things that excite the most about T20Is are the new faces for both the sides. Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Krunal Pandya are back in the squad along with MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya from the Indian team. From the New Zealand squad Blair Tickner, Daryl Mitchell who has been excellent for the Northern Knights this year both with the bat and ball have earned a national call.
India vs New Zealand 1st T20
Date: 6th February 2019
Time: 12:30 pm IST
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
The pitch is expected to be on the slower side as we had seen in the last ODI that shot making wasn’t as easy and the batsmen had to work hard for the runs.
- Martin Guptill is ruled out of the squad and Jimmy Neesham has been named as the replacement
- Trent Boult has been rested and Daryl Mitchell, Doug Bracewell, and Blair Tickner have been included in the squad
- Virat Kohli is rested for the T20I series
- MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are back in the squad
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