IND vs NZ 1st T20I Live Score: Just a week after getting knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2022 after suffering a humiliating 10 wickets defeat at the hands of England in the semifinals, India is all set to start new by facing New Zealand in a three-match T20I Series starting today at the grounds of Wellington. Notably, both the teams who have failed to qualify in the semifinals & will aim to bounce back to winning terms.
The Indian team will march into this series without their key players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli & KL Rahul as they have been rested for the series. After the T20 World Cup debacle, BCCI is planning to practice split captaincy for T20I & other formats & Hardik Pandya is the favorite for the role. The series will act as a testing ground for Pandya’s leadership skills as the BCCI will closely monitor how the prolific all-rounder guides the team in a crucial T20I series against World class Black Caps.
BCCI has given the opportunity to young players such as Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan & Shreyas Iyer to prove their mettle by naming them to the T20I squad. The No 1 ranked T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav & Deepak Hooda who has also shown good form will be their biggest bet in the middle order.
In the pace department, ‘Jammu Express’ Umran Malik will once again set the field on fire. Management wants to test his skills & his future in the T20I team. Along with Malik, IPL 2021 Purple Cap winner Harshal Patel & India’s highets wicket-taker in T20 World Cup 2022 Arshdeep Singh will handle the pace department. Senior pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Mohammad Siraj would complete the fast bowling department while the spin duties will be taken care of by Kuldeep Yadav & Yuzvendra Chahal.
New Zealand Preview:
New Zealand too is marching into this series with a strong squad to give tough competition to the Indian team. However, Trent Boult & Martin Guptill are the notable absentees from the squad. Finn Allen & Devon Conway will continue to be their biggest bets in the top order. On the other hand, Glenn Phillips who has scored 650 runs at a strike rate of 155.13 will handle their middle order.
In the bowling department, Ish Sodhi will take care of the Black Caps spin needs while in the absence of Trent Boult, Blair Tickner has received a call-up in the T20I squad. The pace department comprising Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson & Tickner would try their best to get the better of Indian batters in their home conditions. Overall, New Zealand looks like a potent team & would try its best to emerge victorious in this home series against struggling India.
IND vs NZ 1st T20I: Match Details
Match: India vs New Zealand 1st T20I
Date: November 18, 12:00 PM
Live Streaming: Amazon Prime
IND vs NZ 1st T20I: Probable Playing XI
Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne
Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya (c), Mohammad Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal
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