India vs New Zealand 2017: New Zealand’s Predicted XI For The First T20
India won the three-match ODI series against New Zealand 2-1 in a tightly contested series. New Zealand forced the Indian team to play to their limits in the entire series which has been rare in the past couple of years. The series was levelled at 1-1 coming into the third ODI.
India won the third ODI by six runs in a closely fought match at Green Park stadium in Kanpur. New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl. Rohit Sharma scored another brilliant century as he scored 147 off 138 deliveries. India’s skipper, Virat Kohli scored his 32nd century and his second of the series. Kohli scored 113 off 106 balls and was involved in a 230 runs partnership with Rohit Sharma. India finished their innings at 337/6 in their 50 overs.
In the second innings, New Zealand started well as Colin Munro scored 75 off 62 runs. New Zealand had a fiery start to their innings as Colin Munro got 19 runs in the first over of the innings of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kane Williamson also got back to runs, as he 64 off 84 balls. Tom Latham continued his rich vein of form in the series as he scored 65 off 52 deliveries.
In the bowling department, Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he picked up two wickets for 64 runs in his ten overs. Tim Southee also picked up two wickets for 66 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Let’s have a look at New Zealand’s predicted XI for the first T20I in New Delhi to be played on 1st November at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
Martin Guptill has been one of New Zealand’s most talented opening batsmen in the recent times. Although he failed in the ODI series scoring just 53 runs in three matches, he has been necessary for New Zealand’s success in the T20 format.
Colin Munro gave New Zealand a start they asked for in the third ODI and proved his selection right. He dominated Indian bowling from the word go. He scored 64 off 84 balls in the third ODI. His destructive batting gives the middle order a base to consolidate on.
Kane Williamson is the backbone of New Zealand batting coming in at number 3. Williamson failed in the first two ODI’s but played for his 64 in the third match. New Zealand has risen to the number one spot under his captaincy in the T20 format.
Ross Taylor along with Tom Latham rescued New Zealand in the first ODI to win the match. He scored a brilliant 95 in the first ODI.
Tom Latham was New Zealand’s highest run-getter in the ODI series scoring 206 runs in the three matches. Latham scored a match-winning century in the first ODI and then in the third ODI scored 65 but couldn’t lead his team to victory.
Henry Nicholls gives New Zealand the firepower required down the order. Nicholls has a career strike rate of 126 in T20 format.
Colin De Grandhomme
Colin De Grandhomme provides the Kiwi’s the all-round option. Grandhomme scored 41 in the second ODI which helped the Kiwi’s to reach a respectable total of 230 runs.
Mitchell Santner is another all-round option for the Kiwis. He has been New Zealand’s most successful spinner. He picked up 4 wickets in the three-match ODI series.
Tim Southee was the most successful Kiwi bowler in the ODI series. He picked up 6 wickets at an average of 33.
Trent Boult was in exceptional form in the ODI series except for the third ODI. He troubled Indian top order throughout the series.
Matt Henry might be the only change in the playing XI replacing Adam Milne in the first T20. Adam Milne picked up three wickets at an average of 49.
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