India vs New Zealand 1st T20: IND vs NZ Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips
Eyeing their maiden series victory in New Zealand, the Men in Blue face Blackcaps in a five-match T20I series starting Friday. It’s a surprise that India have never won a series in New Zealand but it’s also as a fact that they have been without the services of Virat Kohli whenever they have played there. Jasprit Bumrah will also play his first game in New Zealand during the series.
Team India’s top-order did suffer a blow with Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out but the visitors have KL Rahul, who will continue to open the innings. He is a regular opener but has had to move in the batting order as per team’s requirement. New Zealand face an uphill task in the absence of Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson.
The small Eden Park should produce high scores. 168 is the average score there while batting first while the average score comes down to 149 in the second innings. 165/7 is the lowest total defended at Eden Park.
Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –
The absence of Shikhar Dhawan will see KL Rahul move up in the batting order. He will open the innings with Rohit Sharma. Rishabh Pant is unlikely to be part of playing XI as Virat Kohli confirmed that Rahul will keep wickets. There is a direct race between Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur for a place in the playing XI.
Likely playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami
Hamish Bennett looks set to play his first international match after more than two and a half years. He is uncapped in the shortest format. Interestingly, the right-arm pacer had made his Test debut against India back in 2010.
Likely playing XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Hamish Benett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
My Dream11 team for IND vs NZ 1st T20
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Colin Munro (Vice-Captain), Tim Seifert, Daryl Mitchell, Washington Sundar, Hamish Bennett, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Ish Sodhi
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