PREVIEW

 

After beating the Kiwis on their home soil in the ODI series after ten long years, team India is ready to shine in the T20 format. India won the series in the third match itself under the leadership of King Kohli. The Kiwis, however, would be hoping to bounce back from the series defeat and clinch the T20I series. Kane Williamson must be eager to lead his team from the front as he has failed to perform in this series with the bat.

The Blue Brigade made a great comeback in the final ODI after they were reeling for 18-4 in the first innings. They looked a bit agitated in the middle, and Indian fate seemed similar to the fourth ODI. Ambati Rayudu played a sensible knock under pressure along with Vijay Shankar to bring them back into the contest. Hardik Pandya also played a crucial inning to take the visitors to a total of 252. The Blackcaps could only manage to score 217 runs in 44.1 overs while chasing to and lost the match by 35 runs.

Team India would be eyeing to seal this T20I series and end this historic tour on a high. The visitors will be without their best batsman (Virat Kohli) and best bowler (Jasprit Bumrah) in this series. Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team in Kohli’s absence. Rishabh Pant, Siddharth Kaul and Krunal Pandya will join the squad for the three-match series. The Kiwis will miss Martin Guptill due to his back injury; Jimmy Neesham is set to replace him.

 

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2019.

Time:  12:30 PM IST

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

League: India tour of New Zealand 2019

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

 

Ground Stats T20

 

Total Matches 9
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 7
Average 1st Inns scores 152
Average 2nd Inns scores 130
Highest total recorded 196/5 (20 Ov) by NZ vs PAK
Lowest total recorded 101/10 (16.1 Ov) by PAK vs NZ
Highest score chased 163/6 (19 Ov) by NZ vs WI
Lowest score defended 162/8 (20 Ov) by NZ vs SL

 

 

Team News

 

India

  • Rishabh Pant can be included in the playing XI as a middle order batsman.
  • Either Krunal or Chahal will start in the playing XI.

 

New Zealand:

  • Martin Guptill has been ruled out due to a back injury.
  • All-rounder James Neesham is set to replace him.

 

 

SQUADS

 

India:

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni(WK), Rishabh Pant, Kedhar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Sidharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed

New Zealand:

James Neesham, Colin Munro, Tim Siefert(WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi

 

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

 

India

  • Rohit Sharma
  • Rishab Pant
  • Hardik Pandya

 

New Zealand

  • Colin Munro
  • Kane Williamson(c)
  • Ross Taylor

 

 

Probable Playing XI

 

India

  1. Rohit Sharma(c)
  2. Shikhar Dhawan
  3. Shubman Gill
  4. Rishab Pant
  5. MS Dhoni(wk)
  6. Kedar Jadhav
  7. Hardik Pandya
  8. Chahal/Krunal
  9. Kuldeep Yadav
  10. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  11. Sidharth Kaul

 

New Zealand

  1. Tim Siefert(WK)
  2. Colin Munro
  3. Kane Williamson(C)
  4. Ross Taylor
  5. Daryl Mitchell
  6. James Neesham/Colin de Grandhomme
  7. Mitchell Santner
  8. Scott Kuggeleijn
  9. Doug Bracewell
  10. Lockie Ferguson
  11. Ish Sodhi

 

FUNTUSH SAFE XI

 

FUNTUSH RISKY XI

 

 

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