Wellington, February 06 at 12:30 PM IST
India are fresh from a 4-1 win in the One Day Internationals but Twenty 20 could be very different affair considering New Zealand’s impressive record in the shortest format against the tourists.
Basis current form, the visitors will start as favourites to win the series but New Zealand are very much in it. However, the hosts can only feel better about life if their batsmen can rack up runs, convert starts into significant scores.
Given Indian openers dominance in the recent time, they can punish Boult-less Blackcaps attack and outbat them out of the contest. Plus, New Zealand have not felt comfortable against the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep and Chahal.
Pitch condition: Wellington surface is expected to offer purchase to the quicker bowlers. In the fifth ODI, it was a tricky surface to bat on and the T20I could very well be a similar affair.
Head-to-head (last five T20Is, recent first)
New Zealand – 3, India – 2
Form guide (recent first)
New Zealand – W L L L W
India – W NR W W W
New Zealand Team News: Jimmy Neesham has been called up to replace injured Martin Guptill.
India Team News: There are no fresh injury concerns in the Indian squad.
India Playing 11: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill/Kedar Jadhav
New Zealand Playing 11: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Seifert, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner/Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn/Ish Sodhi
Team 1: Munro goes berserk
– Colin Munro is one of the most explosive batsmen in the game at the moment. The swashbuckler can dictate terms here.
– Choose him captain.
Team 2, 3: Indian openers rule the roost
– Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan did not have the best of ODI series. They can make amends here.
– Choose them captain/vice-captain.
Team 4, 5, 6, 7: X-factor delivers
– The likes of Jimmy Neesham, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Colin de Grandhomme can win games on their own.
– Punt on the aforementioned players.