Cricket match date: 06th February 2019
Cricket match time: 12:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: India tour of New Zealand 2018/19
Team A: New Zealand
Team B: India
Team A Captain: Kane Williamson
Team B Captain: Rohit Sharma
Cricket Match Preview:
After losing the ODI cricket series against India, New Zealand will now take them on in a three-match T20 cricket series. India will be looking to finish their final overseas leg before the World Cup with a win. India won the ODI cricket series by the margin of 4-1 and will now be looking to win the T20 cricket series as well.
India are on the verge of finishing their long run of overseas trips. It was a wonderful year for them beginning with South Africa last year to finishing against New Zealand. In the past year, India beat South Africa in South Africa in the ODI cricket series, England in England in T20 cricket series, Australia in Australia in ODI and Test cricket series and New Zealand in New Zealand in ODI cricket series.
India had a brilliant ODI series against New Zealand. Barring one cricket game, they looked in control and every bit the favourite side they are going to be in the upcoming cricket World Cup. Winning 4-1 against New Zealand in New Zealand is a big feat and now they have the chance to enjoy themselves in a low stake T20 cricket series. India are going to bring in some youngsters into the squad and they are sure to get their chances. The likes of Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya will be looking to impress once again and seal their spot in this format of the cricket game.
While India would be very happy with their performance so far in the ODI cricket series as they won the series in New Zealand for the first time in ten years, New Zealand would not be too pleased with their performance. New Zealand would not want to lose another cricket series at home.
Cricket Match Information:
New Zealand will take on India in the 1st T20 cricket game of the three-match T20 cricket series. New Zealand lost the ODI cricket series against India and would like to get things straight in the T20 cricket series. Virat Kohli has now been rested and will not be part of the squad for the remainder of the cricket tour. In his absence, Rohit Sharma will be leading the side.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand had not been at their best in the ODI cricket series. They won the 4th cricket ODI by a huge margin and our prediction is they will play the same playing eleven that played in that cricket game.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Martin Guptill
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Henry Nicholls
- Jimmy Neesham
- Tom Latham
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Tod Astle
- Trent Boult
- MJ Henry
- Mitchell Santner
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India had wrapped up the cricket series with two cricket games to go. They will now be taking part in the T20 cricket series. Our prediction is of the inclusion of the likes of Krunal Pandya and Rishabh Pant in the playing eleven. Mohammad Shami can be rested for the first T20 cricket game.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Shubhman Gill
- Kedar Jadhav
- Krunal Pandya
- MS Dhoni
- Rishabh Pant
- Hardik Pandya
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Mohammad Shami
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Krunal Pandya is likely to get an opportunity in the first T20 cricket game. His all-round ability will be interesting to watch and can also bring him into contention of 50 over World Cup quad. Our prediction is of a good performance from him in this cricket game.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international cricket T20 played here produced scores of 196 and 184 by New Zealand and England, respectively. The pitch had something in it for the pacers. Our prediction is of another high-scoring cricket game between the two sides with scores of around 180. Conditions are expected to be dry.
India will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They won the ODI cricket series and will be looking to finish the tour with T20 series win as well. Hence, our prediction is of India’s victory in this cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Rishabh Pant (IND) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Krunal Pandya (IND) – 3 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Rishabh Pant (IND)
New Zealand – 2.10
India – 1.60
*odds may change anytime