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INDIA VS. NEW ZEALAND: NZ’S TOUR OF IND 2021, 1st T20 | PREDICTION, PLAYING 11 AND FANTASY CRICKET TIPS

INDIA VS. NEW ZEALAND: NZ’S TOUR OF IND 2021, 1st T20 | PREDICTION, PLAYING 11 AND FANTASY CRICKET TIPS

India will take on New Zealand in the 1st T20 of the 3-match series at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday evening.

Team India are back on the field after a disappointing T20 World Cup in the UAE. They failed to reach the semi-finals and were knocked out in the Super 12 stages itself. It will be a new era under the leadership of coach Rahul Dravid and new captain Rohit Sharma. With most of the senior players having been rested for this T20I series, expect the new players to give their best and stake a claim in the team with the next world cup coming up in just 11 months.

On the other hand, the New Zealand team had an excellent T20 World Cup, but lost to Australia in the final. They come here after just two days of the final and it will be quite challenging for them to play without a proper amount of rest. Tim Southee will lead the side as regular skipper Kane Williamson opted himself out of the T20I series.

 Match Details

  • Game: India vs. New Zealand, 1st T20
  • Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
  • Date & Time: Nov. 17, 2021, at 7 PM IST

Probable Playing 11

India

Rohit Sharma (C), Lokesh Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Tim Siefert (WK), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (C), Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Weather Report

The weather in Jaipur is predicted to be cloudy and cool, with the temperature expected to be around 19 degrees during the match.

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is generally a high-scoring surface. Batters will enjoy the ball coming onto the bat and the bowlers will need to bowl tactically using the longer boundaries. The average first-innings score in the last seven T20s played here has been 163 runs.

Toss

Teams chasing have won 6 of the last 7 matches played here. Given the dew factor, the pitch will get a little better to bat on as the evening progresses. A first-innings score of around 180 runs can be a competitive one here.

Top Fantasy Picks

Wicketkeeper

  • Tim Seifert was more of the passenger in the T20 World Cup for New Zealand. He scored just 16 runs in his two innings played. He enjoyed playing against India in the past and has an average of 46.66 and a strike rate of 156.42 in the eight innings played.

Batters

  • KL Rahul hit 3 consecutive half centuries in his last three innings after consecutive failures against Pakistan and New Zealand. He scored 194 runs in his last five matches at a strike rate of 152.75 and ended the tournament on a positive note. Expect him to continue his good form with the bat in this match.
  • Martin Guptill is a regular member of New Zealand in T20Is over the years. He is an aggressive batter and played a huge role in getting New Zealand to the final of the T20 World Cup 2021. He scored 208 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 120.93 and a high score of 93 runs against Scotland.

All-rounder

  • Daryl Mitchell was a key player in getting New Zealand to the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup. Opening for the first time in T20Is, he has scored 208 runs at a strike rate of 140.54. He is likely to open in this series and will look to have a maximum impact with the bat.

Bowlers

  • Yuzvendra Chahal is back in the Indian team after missing out on the T20 World Cup. However, with another World Cup coming in less than a year, he has the chance to establish himself as the prime spinner. He took 14 wickets in his last eight matches in the Indian T20 League.
  • Ish Sodhi is a match-winner with the ball for New Zealand in white-ball cricket. He is a threat in the middle overs and has taken 82 wickets in 64 matches at an average of 21.7. He has a good record against India, with 19 wickets in 13 matches at an economy rate of 7.25.

Howzat Dream Team

  • Wicketkeeper: T Siefert
  • Batters: KL Rahul, R Sharma, S Yadav, M Guptill
  • All-rounders: M Santner, D Mitchell
  • Bowlers: B Kumar, Y Chahal, I Sodhi, T Boult
  • Captain: R Sharma/KL Rahul
  • Vice Captain: M Guptill/D Mitchell
NZ Tour of IND 2021, 1st T20: IND vs NZ – HOWZAT Dream Team

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