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Cricket Match Information:
India vs New Zealand first T20 cricket game will mark the beginning of a long tour for Indian men’s cricket team. India are supposed to play five T20 Internationals followed by three ODIs and two test matches. The first T20 will be played at Auckland on Friday. Our prediction expert reckons India are going to be too hot to handle for New Zealand in the first T20.
- Tournament: India tour of New Zealand 2019/20
- Cricket Match format: T20
- Cricket match time: 12:20 pm IST
- Cricket match date: 24.01.2020
- Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
- Weather: Temperature: 26 degrees, Thunderstorms: 0%
- Team A: India
- Team B: New Zealand
- Team A Captain: Virat Kohli
- Team B Captain: Kane Williamson
India’s win over Australia in the recently concluded three-match ODI series marked the end of their home season. They will be on the road now till the first week of March, where they will be playing T20, ODI and Test series against New Zealand.
India begin their T20 leg of the tour under the leadership of Virat Kohli. The side’s makeup is almost the same as we have seen in recent times with the exception of Shikhar Dhawan, who is out of T20 and ODI series due to injury. He has been replaced by Sanju Samson for the T20 cricket series.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of Shivam Dube in the side for the first T20.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Virat Kohli
- KL Rahul
- Rohit Sharma
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Rishabh Pant
- Washington Sundar
- Shreyas Iyer
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Shivam Dube
- Mohammad Shami
- Shardul Thakur
New Zealand will be hosting India for a long cricket series. They are going to be led by Kane Williamson in the T20 cricket series.
New Zealand have many names missing for the T20 cricket series including Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham and Mat Henry, all of whom are nursing their injuries.
Our prediction is of the inclusion of Blair Tickner in the playing eleven for this game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Mitch Santner
- Martin Guptill
- Colin Munro
- Scott Kuggeleijn
- Blair Tickner
- Tim Southee
- Daryl Mitchell
- Tim Seifert
Expert Prediction: IND vs NZ
After getting a lot of success in their home season, India will now embark on an overseas tour of New Zealand. In terms of the number of matches, it is arguably going to be the longest series they have been part of in New Zealand.
This series will comprise of five T20 internationals which is huge. It has been scheduled to keep the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind. It is going to be beneficial for both sides to try out various combinations before the big tournament.
India would like to see how their all-rounders, in the absence of Hardik Pandya, perform. They are expected to try out Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja during various stages of this cricket series. It will also be interesting to see if they continue to hand over the wicket-keeping gloves to KL Rahul and if they do, will Rishabh Pant get a chance to get into the team?
New Zealand, on the other hand, have decided to give more time to their regular players to heal their injuries. As a result, the likes of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham are not part of the squad. However, they would like to believe that they have enough depth to push India in their own backyard.
Going by man-to-man, New Zealand do not seem to have a match for their Indian counterparts. With the presence of some of the best batsmen like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, they clearly have the edge over New Zealand. The hosts, on the other hand, would be banking on the experience of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to challenge India.
Hence, looking at the depth of both squads, our prediction is of India’s win in the first T20.
Astrology Prediction: IND vs NZ
India’s stars have been shining brilliantly under the leadership of Virat Kohli. It is expected to continue in the next couple of months as well. Hence, our prediction is of India’s win in the first T20.
Toss prediction? – The ground dimensions of New Zealand make it tough for teams batting first to decide the best score. Hence, our prediction is that the team winning the toss will bowl first.
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman – Virat Kohli (IND), Ross Taylor (NZ)
Top Bowler – Kuldeep Yadav (IND), Colin de Grandhomme (NZ)
Most Sixes – Virat Kohli (IND), Ross Taylor (NZ)
Man of the Match – Virat Kohli (IND)
Team Scores Batting first – India (180+), New Zealand (160+)
Our Official Partner Odds for India vs New Zealand
India – 1.51
New Zealand – 2.30
*odds may change anytime