New Zealand vs India | 1st T20I: The Kiwis will be up against the Men in Blue in the 1st T20I of the three-match T20I series on Friday, November 18, from 12 PM IST onwards at Wellington.
After heartbreak in the semis of the T20 World Cup 2022, both India and New Zealand will be playing their first game on Friday.
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New Zealand vs India: 1st T20I match Preview
Match: New Zealand vs India – 1st T20I
Venue: Sky Stadium, Wellington.
Date & Time: 18th November 2022 at 12:00 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Amazon Prime.
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Pitch Report: New Zealand vs India: 1st T20I Preview
The match will be played in Wellington. The pitch out here is a batting paradise. Bowlers will get very little help. 180 is the par score here.
Matches Played: 20
Won by New Zealand: 9
Won by India: 11
The home team, New Zealand is set to host India for three T20Is and as many ODIs starting on Friday, November 18. However, after another disappointing performance in the World Cup, the Kiwis will be looking to keep rotating their players to find the best possible xi within the next world cup. Two days earlier, the Kiwis announced their squad for both the T20 and ODI series as Kane Williamson was set to lead in both series.
The squad is looking strong while Trent Boult and Martin Guptil miss out due to respective reasons. Boult has put himself out of NZ’s central contract to spend some time with his family while Guptil dropped from the squad. Finn Allen is set to continue with the opening set-up in both white-ball formats.
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Meanwhile, on the other hand, it’s again captain Hardik Pandya, who will lead India in the T20I series as Rohit has been rested for the tour. Virat and Rohit both will join the team on their next tour to Bangladesh. Just like the Kiwis, India has also had a heartbreak in the semis, losing against England to be knocked out of the tournament. Rishabh Pant will act as vice-captain while Ishan Kishan is expected to open the innings with Shubman Gill.
Jammu pacer Umran Malik is back again in the Indian set-up while Kuldeep is also been included in the T20 squad. India has five total of five pacers and three spinners in the team. Both Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson are back again in the T20I squad while Sanju may play in the middle order.
New Zealand vs India: 1st T20I : Possible Playing XI
Devon Conway (wk)
Kane Williamson (C)
Hardik Pandya (C)
Rishabh Pant (wk)
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1st T20I: Fantasy Cricket Dream11 Team Prediction: New Zealand vs India:
You must change your team if any of these players aren’t announced in the starting lineup.