India vs New Zealand 1st T20I: Expected Playing XI for Both Teams, Pitch Report

Despite India’s strong limited-overs cricket record, the Indians have struggled in T20I matches against the Kiwis. Team India has played New Zealand in a few T20I series so far and has lost on most occasions.

India against New Zealand (IND vs NZ) is a bilateral series in which both teams will play two Tests and three Twenty20 matches. The ICC FTP fixtures and the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League are part of the series, which will occur in 2020–22. After the ICC T20 World Cup, both sides will be playing the IND versus NZ T20 series. The New Zealand visit to India has been scheduled for November 2021, immediately after the T20 World Cup.

Before the maiden series, NZ may face India in the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, either in the group stages or in a knockout match. After the T20 World Cup, NZ will play two test matches and three T20Is in India.

Report on the Stadium and the Pitch

The match will take place in Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium. This will be the first time the venue has hosted a T20I game. So far, 19 ODI matches have been played here, with the side batting second winning 12 times. In the first innings, the average score is 244. India’s highest point total was 362/1. In the IPL, 47 matches have been played here, with the side batting second winning 32 of them. The first innings had an average score of 158 runs, with a 197/1 highest score and a 92/10 lowest score.

Keep an eye on the following Indian players

  • Rohit Sharma: After Kohli, India’s T20I captain will most likely be Rohit Sharma. As one of the squad’s older players, the onus will be on him to score runs for his team. In the 2019 World Cup, he already had a fantastic time with the bat.
  • Virat Kohli: With Kohli’s announcement that he will step down as India’s T20 captain after the World Cup, the competition becomes even more crucial for the Indian captain. Kohli has also been in excellent form with the bat.
  • After finishing the IPL 2021 season with 21 wickets, Jasprit Bumrah will head India’s pace attack in the ICC T20 event.
  • KL Rahul is at the pinnacle of his abilities in all formats. The 29-year-old, who restored his Test career in England, was in spectacular form in the IPL.

Keep an eye on the following New Zealand players.

  • Martin Guptill is a New Zealand right-handed batter. In his 102 T20I outings so far, he has scored 2939 runs.
  • Devon Conway is a New Zealand left-handed batter. So far, in his 14 T20I outings, he has 473 runs.
  • Kane Williamson, a New Zealand right-handed batter, is the team’s captain. In his 67 T20I outings so far, he has scored 1805 runs.

Predicted XI for India

  • Batsmen: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma
  • Wicketkeepers: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant
  • All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya
  • Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur
  • Reserve players: Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar

Predicted XI for New Zealand 

  • Batsmen: Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Martin Guptil
  • Wicketkeepers: Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert
  • All-rounders: Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Todd Astle
  • Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Tim Southee
  • Reserve players: NA

Final Thoughts

Whenever New Zealand has toured India, they have struggled to play the spinners in the past. However, nowadays, the pitches in India have become pacer friendly and New Zealand is expected to give a tough fight to India in the tour. After playing a lot of cricket at home, they will be desperate enough to win away from home too. But, India started as favorites at home.

Reference Links:

  1. https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/india-vs-new-zealand-1st-t20i-auckland-weather-forecast-and-pitch-report-6230996/
  2. https://t20slam.com/ipl-2020-sawai-mansingh-stadium-tickets-upcoming-ipl-2020-matches-pitch-report-records/
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