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04 Feb 2019 by Rob Esteva

New Zealand vs India – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs India taking place? Wednesday, 6th February, 07:00

Where is New Zealand vs India taking place? Wellington

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs India? 15-17c with cloud but no rain expected

What channel is New Zealand vs India on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs India? The match will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs India?
https://www.viagogo.co.uk/Sports-Tickets/Cricket/One-Day-Internationals-Tickets

LAST MEETING
India beat New Zealand by 6 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand come off a poor ODI series against India where they were comfortably beaten 4-1 and were outclassed throughout so they will hope they can bounce back here and compete better in the three-match T20 series.
  • Trent Boult has been rested for this series but they have a wealth of options as Tim Southee comes back into the set-up, while they have a plethora of talented all-rounders in Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme all adding great depth with bat and ball.
  • They will be hoping opener Colin Munro can find some form after disappointing performances in general in the ODI series and he will have a new opening partner with Tim Seifert likely to replace Martin Guptill who is left out as he has been struggling with a back problem

INDIA

Captain: Rohit Sharma

  • India are in impressive form at the moment and their confidence is sky high after completely outplaying the hosts in the one-day series and now they come into the T20 format eager to pick up another series victory.
  • Virat Kohli is rested for this series after being left out of the last two ODIs so Rohit Sharma will deputise in his absence and they showed they could produce without their star captain in another good 35-run win in the final ODI.
  • While they have occasionally struggled to find the right balance in their Test team, the form of their all-rounders at the moment is giving them plenty of confidence with Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav in fine form at the moment.

THE PREDICTION

This T20 series quickly follows the ODI series where India trounced New Zealand and the hosts are going to have to respond immediately and put that heavy 4-1 series defeat to the back of their minds. India are rampant at the moment even without influential skipper Virat Kohli and they are difficult to stop right now. The quality of their bowling has been the main difference between the two sides to date and that will likely be the case here with the spinners especially being key. New Zealand will relish this change of format, but may fall just short once again.

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