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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.

Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni
Team India will go into the T20I series with all the momentum on their side. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

Match Details:

India vs New Zealand 1st T20

Date: 6th February 2019

Time: 12:30 pm IST

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Pitch Report:

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.

Team News:

  • 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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Probable XI:

New Zealand

Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee/ Scott Kuggeleijn and Lockie Ferguson

India

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul/Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Choices for captain and vice-captain

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Kane Williamson
  • James Neesham
  • Hardik Pandya

Rotobash XI:

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