The first match of the MasterCard T20 Trophy will be played between India and New Zealand, at JSCA International Stadium Complex Ranchi, Jharkhand India. The match will start at 7:00 PM IST.
Before getting into the nitty gritty of the first match, let’s recap the last ODI played between India and New Zealand. Skipper Tom Latham won the toss and chose to bowl. The New Zealand bowlers were sent on a leather hunt as the Indian batsmen were striking them to all parts of the ground.
The glorious exhibit of fine batting by the Indian team was led by Rohit Sharma who punched 101 runs off 85 balls, Shubman Gill thumped a splendid 112 of 78 balls, king Kohli got a classy 36 of 27 balls, Shardul Thakur got 25 runs of 17 balls, Suryakumar’s quick 14 were refreshing but the highlighter of the innings belonged to Hardik Pandya’s 54 runs of 38 balls and together they propelled the Indian score to 385 giving new Zealand a target of 386 to chase.
As far as the new Zealand side goes, the only man who showed some kind of fight was Devon Conway Scoring 138 of 100 balls. No other new Zealand batsman applied himself on the crease as a result of which new Zealand war bundled out for a score of 295 and India won the game by 90 runs, completing a clean sweep over New Zealand in the one day series. a below average performance in this one day series new Zealand team failed terribly both with the bat and the ball.
Now going on to the first T20 match of the MasterCard T20 Trophy India needs to be on guard and not fall into complacency. New Zealand would be looking to give an improved Performance in this series and India on the other hand should be looking to continue their domination like they did in the one day series. You should expect a competitive series from New Zealand in the T20 format, with players like Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips both the players are more suited to T20 and will be the key to New Zealand’s success in the T20 format.
The new Zealand T20 Captain Mitchell Santner will be crucial in restricting India to lower scores. Four overs will be decisive In determining the score that India would get to. If they bat first and their 4 overs are miserly than the new Zealand team will be is likely to succed in restricting India to a lowest total. The need of the hour is to have control over these few hours and proceed comfortably in the rest of the Game.
TFG Fantasy Stars for India VS NEW Zealand:
Shubman Gill looks a classy touch player who can play an Imperious cover drive through the covers an extremely hard pull shot too. His sweep through fine leg and is refined, can play a delightful shot inside out over cover and when he times the ball he looks regal. The young Turk has a glittering future ahead of him. Having played 03 T20 international matches, scored 58 runs with the bat, with an average of 73.76 and a strike rate of 131.81 in his T20 international career so far.
Ruturaj Gaikwad can play the front foot punch with panache in front of point and can also play the cut shot exceedingly well through the offside. His square drive through deep mid-wicket is excellent. He has played 9 T20 international matches, scored 135 runs with the bat, with an average of 16.87 and a Strike rate of 123.85 in his T20 international career so far.
Suryakumar Yadav can play the lap shot with extreme precision over fine leg and can also bank the ball through cover. A fun player to watch he plays the scoop shot over the onside and his lofted extra cover drive is nonchalant. He has played 45 T20 international matches, scored 1578 runs with the bat, with an average of 46.41 and a Strike rate of 180.34 in his T20 international career so far.
Devon Conway plays a threshing cut shot through the offside and a glorious cover drive through the covers. His square cut through deep mid-wicket is damn good looking and and he can play a hard slog sweep over mid- wicket against spin bowling. He has played 35 T20 international matches, scored 1170 runs with the bat, an average of 48.75 , with a Strike rate of 130.58, in his T20 international career so far.
Glenn Phillips can hit the ball hard over mid-off and can play a fantabulous on drive straight down the ground. He has a special knack to hit the ball really long over long-off and long-on. He has played 56 T20 International matches, scored 1361 runs with the bat, an average of 33.19, with a Strike rate of 148.25 in his T20 International career so far.
Mitchell Santner is a Wiley customer with the ball. He has very subtle variation in his arsenal and is a utility cricketer. He can score useful runs with the bat so he can curse the ball through the covers. He pulls the ball through mid-wicket and can play a classy flick through the legside. He has played 80 T20 International matches, scored 491 runs with the bat, with an average of 16.93 and a Strike rate of 128.19 in his T20 international career so far.
Possible 11: IND
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shuman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
Possible 11: NZ
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
TFG Fantasy Picks for IND vs NZ