IND vs NZ Dream11 Prediction: Team India will be back in action later tonight as they square off to New Zealand in the Dubai International Stadium. It’s been an underwhelming start to the campaign for both sides, as they both ended up losing to Pakistan. The Men in the Blue were comprehensively beaten by 10 wickets in the previous fixture. It will be interesting to see if there will be a change in personnel or approach from Virat Kohli and co. As for New Zealand, they did do reasonably well to put in a fight well defending 135. However, Pakistan eventually chased down that target with five wickets to spare. As a result of the losses, tonight’s encounter becomes a must-win for either side. The Indian’s last win over the Kiwis in an ICC Tournament was in 2003, as they look to turn the tables this time around.
Fixture Name: India vs New Zealand
Competition: ICC T20 World Cup
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
New Zealand: LWW
Ground Details: Dubai International Stadium
Pitch Report: The wicket at Dubai had a tinge of green in the last game, which did provide assistance to the faster bowlers early in the innings. Nevertheless, it is a good enough pitch to score close to 170. The team winning the toss would prefer to chase.
Toss Update: NZ have won the toss and will bowl first
WK: R Pant
BAT: R Sharma, V Kohli, K Williamson, L Rahul
AR: R Jadeja, D Mitchell, M Santner
BOW: T Southee, M Shami, J Bumrah
India hasn’t faired off too well against New Zealand when it comes to meetings in a major ICC event. However, the Kiwis do lack a bit of firepower in their batting department which could work in favor of the Men in Blue. That being said, the match odds are tilting in favor of India to get the win here.
KL Rahul might have been dismissed early versus Pakistan, but has been in terrific form throughout the year. Virat Kohli scored a fifty in the previous game which should do good to his confidence levels as well. Jasprit Bumrah had an off day with the ball in hand but can be expected to bounce back later tonight.
KL Rahul has been one of the standout figures in white-ball cricket in recent times. The opening batter has scored 1560 runs from 50 T20Is, which includes 12 fifties and a couple of hundreds as well. Other than that, he also averages 40, while, batting at a strike rate of 141.4
Virat Kohli played the anchor role in the previous game, and his half-century got India to a respectable total. Talking about his T20I career in general, the Indian skipper has scored 3216 runs from 91 games. Virat Kohli has a staggering average of 52.7, which also includes 29 fifties to his name.
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah
Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, and Kane Williamson will be relied upon to score the runs. However, it’s the bowling department that looks comparatively stronger for the Black Caps. The likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and more importantly Ish Sodhi can be among the wickets column.
The New Zealand wrist-spinner has done well in the previous two games, by claiming four wickets and not conceding plenty either. Having featured in 58 T20Is for his country, Sohi has bagged 75 wickets, which includes two four-wicket hauls as well. Considering Team India’s recent problem with countering spin, Sodhi might have a big role to play.
Devon Conway has been of the pivotal figures for New Zealand in T20I cricket. Although Conway is still new to the circuit, the left-handed batsman has scored 500 runs from 15 games, while, averaging 55.5. Conway also has four fifties under his belt.
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), James Neesham, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips(w), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Tim Southee
The upcoming clash between India and New Zealand will be available to watch on Star Sports and Hotstar.
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