The first Match of the three match T20 Series will be played between India and New Zealand at Sky Stadium, Wellington in New Zealand. The match will start at 12:00 PM IST.
Being the first series for India after India’s World Cup campaign ended, the management has given opportunities to some youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and a speedster like Umran Malik. This is a great prospect for these youngsters to go out there and express themselves freely and play some aggressive cricket on this tour.
For the newly appointed captain of this T20 series Hardik Pandya, it will be a virtuous occasion to showcase his captaincy skills and stake a claim for full time captaincy of India’s T20 side. Though captaincy is not new for him, as he has captained India previously in three matches winning all three and also bringing home the trophy in the 2022 IPL for his debut as captain while representing the Gujarat Titans team.
With a solid potential of being a successful captain, Pandey has the capability to become an asset in this tournament individually and enhancing the overall performance of the entire team collectively. On the other hand, New Zealand will be coming into this home series with a lot of confidence and poise. They usually play well on their home turf and have brilliant fielding skill, that might make it extremely difficult for the opposition to keep the score board rolling.
India being a little circumspect, New Zealand can take advantage of this approach and with their skillful bowling line up can pose a substantial threat to team India. Whichever team wins the toss Should decide to ball first because batting second and chasing a target would prove to be an advantage because of the boundary line being short. it will be an interesting series between two great cricketing nations, so gear up for some mouthwatering T20 action.
TFG Fantasy Stars for IND vs NZ:
Shreyas Iyer plays traffic cut shot and glorious short arm jab over the top of mid-on. He has played 47 T2O International matches, scored 1030 runs with the bat, with an average of 32.18 and, a strike rate of 136.06 in his T20 International career so far. A brilliant player of spin bowling he plays the inside out shot marvellously well with the spin over covers. If he settles down, he can be extremely dangerous.
Ishan Kishan is a young talented player who plays a really hard pull short over deep mid-wicket and scores runs very quickly. He has played 19 T2O International matches, scored 543 runs with the bat, with an average of 30.16 and, a strike rate of 131.15 in his T20 International career so far. His back-foot punch through the offside is brilliant and he plays a technically correct slog sweep through square leg. He can drill the ball through the covers.
Sanju Samson is a silky player, an unbelievable talent and holds a very bright future in front of him. He plays a thumping pull shot in front of mid-wicket and also plays a lovely square cut behind point. His lofted cover drive over extra cover of the front foot is mighty impressive. He has played 16 T2O International matches, scored 296 runs with the bat, with an average of 21.14 and a strike rate of 135.15 in his T20 International career so far.
Finn Allen is a dangerous player who plays the straight drive as straight as an arrow down the ground and hits glorious cut shot through the offside. He has played 23 T2O International matches, scored 564 runs with the bat, with an average of 24.52 and a strike rate of 165.39 in his T20 International career so far. An attractive looking right-handed batsman he also plays a terrifically glorious flick through the onside.
Devon Conway is a lefthanded dynamic opening wicketkeeper batsman who can be destructive with the bat and equally skilful behind the stumps. He has played 33 T2O International matches, scored 1086 runs with the bat, with an average of 49.36 and a strike rate of 131.63 in his T20 International career so far. He plays good square on the offside, can cut the ball fearlessly and also plays a pickup pull fabulously over mid-wicket. If he settles down and gets to bat for any length of time you can bid goodbye to the game, as this bloke is very hard to stop.
Kane Williamson, a class player, a sweet timer of a cricket ball and a fantabulous player of cover drive through the covers, he plays a delicate late cut against the spinners and some lovely peddle sweep. He has played 86 T2O International matches, scored 2403 runs with the bat, with an average of 32.91 and a strike rate of 123.16 in his T20 International career so far. The man is the glue of the New Zealand batting line up and a shrewd captain.
Possible 11: IND
Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan , Sanju Samson , Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Harshal patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.
Possible 11: NZ
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, James Nessham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southner, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi.
TFG Picks for IND vs NZ