New Zealand vs India 2020: 1st Test, Wellington – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Where to Watch

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New Zealand vs India 2020: 1st Test, Wellington – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Where to Watch 

New Zealand vs India 2020: 1st Test, Wellington – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Where to Watch

New Zealand and India have clean-swept each other in the shorter formats during the tour which started last month. The Kiwis whitewashed India in the ODI series while the Men in Blue clean-swept New Zealand in the five-match T20I series by 5-0.

Now, the two sides will head to play the two-match Test series which is the part of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. The first test match will be played in Wellington. this Friday.

Date: 21st February

Time: 3:30 am (IST)

Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal likely to open:

Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Test series
Photo Credit: PTI.

Prithvi Shaw is likely to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal in the first Test match. During the warm-up game, Shaw had scored more runs than Shubman Gill. who was also the option for the opening position.

In the first innings, Shaw was out on duck while he had scored 39 runs in the second innings. Whereas, Gill lost his wicket cheaply in both the chances.

Thus, Shaw is likely to open the innings for India.

Trent Boult returns to the squad; Kyle Jamieson to make debut:

New Zealand vs India 2020: 1st Test, Wellington – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Where to Watch 1
Image Credit: Getty Images

New Zealand’s premier bowler Trent Boult has returned in the Test squad after recovering from injury.

The Kiwis strong pace battery is back with Neil Wagner also returning to the fold. While the lanky pacer Kyle Jamieson, who showed his skills in the ODI series, had earned the call for the Test series too.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Head to Head

Team Total Won Lost draw/Tied
New Zealand 57 10 21 26/0
India 57 21 21 26/0

Weather forecast:

Wellington, New Zealand vs India 2020

The weather being cloudy some of the days, there are no chances of any rain at any stage. Meanwhile, the daytime temperatures in Wellington will range between 20°C to 22°C for five days.

Humidity levels are likely to be as high as 78 per cent on Friday, and thereafter settle between 63% to 73% on other match days. While Wind might also play a role and could favour bowlers to a great extent.

Pitch Report:

The Basin Reserve pitch is covered with the grass and is likely to favour pacers. Whereas, the spinners would not be as successful as the speedsters. However, as the grass burns down on the third and fourth day, the pitch might stop assisting the fast bowlers.

India’s Predictable XI:

New Zealand vs India 2020, Test Series, India, Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma,
Team India ready for the two-match Test series. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Players Role
Prithvi Shaw Opening Batsman
Mayank Agarwal Opening Batsman
Cheteshwar Pujara Batsman
Virat Kohli (c) Batsman
Ajinkya Rahane Batsman
Hanuma Vihari Batsman
Wriddhiman Saha Wk-Batsman
Ravindra Jadeja Allrounder
Ishant Sharma Bowler
Jasprit Bumrah Bowler
Mohammed Shami Bowler

New Zealand’s Predicted XI:

New Zealand vs India 2020: 1st Test, Wellington – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Where to Watch 2
New Zealand
Players Role
Tom Latham Opening Batsman
Tom Blundell Opening Batsman
Kane Williamson(C) Batsman
Ross Taylor Batsman
Henry Nicholls Batsman
BJ Watling(WK) Batsman
Collen de Grandhomme Allrounder
Tim Southee Bowler
Neil Wagner Bowler
Ajaz Patel Bowler
Trent Boult Bowler

Match prediction:

India has won every Test series since the start of WTC. They had shown some outstanding cricket overseas in recent times. But New Zealand is an incredibly strong Test team in their conditions. Also, India is playing the first away series after a long time.

Thus, New Zealand might prove a better side. The host is likely to get the lead of 1-0 in the series.

Where to Watch:

TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3

Online: Hotstar

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