IND Playing 11: The Indian team will lock horns with the New Zealand team in the most crucial fixture of this group. If the Indian team fail to win this match, they will not likely make it to the playoffs of the tournament.
In the last fixture against Pakistan, the team was completely outplayed by the opposition. Early in the first half, the team received setbacks of Rohit and Rahul’s wicket. But with the fighting innings of 57 from Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant’s 39, the team posted a total of 151 on the board. But all the bowlers proved to be ineffective and could not contain runs and take any wicket as well and have to improve their performances.
The Indian team will be under the pressure to play well against the strong New Zealand team. One of the openers of India, Rohit or Rahul need to fire and play a big innings in this tournament to post a good total or chase any big score. While it was a good start to the tournament for Virat and Rishabh Pant. Surya started well but could not convert, and Hardik needs to be given more time at the crease to prove himself.
The team is expected to make 2 changes in the Playing 11 for this match. The players like Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin can replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Varun Chakravarthy respectively.
IND Playing 11 (likely)
India Squad: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
WATCH IND vs NZ LIVE on Star Sports 1 and Disney+ Hotstar App. It will be a must win game for the Indian team to keep their case strong of making it to the playoffs. The team needs 4 wins or 3 wins with a good net run rate to go through the next stage. Looking at the performances of the last match, the bowlers need to be at their very best to contain the quality batting line up of New Zealand team. The cricket fans who don’t have the facility of watching this match on TV, can avail the Disney+Hotstar plans, which is available on the official website.
1. KL Rahul
The opener of the Indian team has been a run machine for the past few years in the IPL and international cricket. He has a solid technique to compete well against the top bowlers in the world. Although he failed in the last game, but has scored 1560 runs in 50 T20I matches.
2. Virat Kohli
The leader of the Indian team will again be the man who would look to rescue the team, if another collapse happens against New Zealand. In the last fixture, Virat scored 57, which was vital to take the team to a total of 151 runs and will look to maintaint the same perofrmances.
3. Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah will be the most important bowler for the team in a crucial fixture against the New Zealand team. In the last match, he bowled well but could not take wickets, but is expected to make a fighting comeback in this game with his variations and pace.
4. Rishabh Pant
The wicket keeper batsman is coming after playing well in the IPL 2021, and will be confident after scoring 39 in the first league fixture against Pakistan as well. He always finds a way to score runs, which is the special quality about him.
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